Throughout our business, the secret of S&U’s success lies in the close ties it has with its customers. It’s therefore natural for this to translate into links with the local communities we serve. That is why, both through direct sponsorship and through the Keith Coombs Trust, we at S&U support charities, mainly for young people both for those who can’t support themselves and for those who, with help and incentive, actually can.

That means, in the Midlands, support for children with disabilities through the National Institute for Conductive Education where Anthony and Graham Coombs serve as trustees. Last May Anthony and Graham Coombs, along with Ed Ahrens, Managing Director of Aspen Bridging participated in a “Bridge Too Far” cycle challenge in France along some of the route of the Tour de France to raise money for the Keith Coombs Trust.

We also provide scholarships for aspiring and talented young choreographers and designers through the Birmingham Royal Ballet; as well as providing a new project for deaf and hard of hearing children through the Birmingham office of the NSPCC, upon whose national board, Tarek Khlat, non-executive director, sits.

More important of all, our work gives S&U staff the opportunity to do their bit for local good causes too. These range from a Million Meter Row for Marie Curie Cancer Care, to sponsorship of kayak rides, cake days and cycle rides.

Good business means doing good and we never forget it.