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. 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.

Locally, our efforts are as diverse as the interests of our staff. S&U is a corporate sponsor and Anthony Coombs is the Chairman of the Foundation for Conductive Education, based in Birmingham, a leading UK charity working to improve the lives of children and adults with neurological motor disorders resulting from strokes, Parkinson’s disease and cerebral palsy.

Every year our staff organise collection events for charities ranging from the British Heart Foundation, Macmillan Nurses and Marie Curie Cancer Care. We also support The Sick Children’s Trust through their SMILE magazine. In the past 4 years, staff have had fun raising money for healthy hearts, walked peaks for the homeless and biked for cancer sufferers. In fact both our Chairman and Deputy Chairman rode from London to Paris for disabled children.