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Specsavers was founded by Dame Mary Perkins and her husband Doug in 1984 with one vision – to provide affordable, fashionable eyecare for everyone, at a time when high prices for optical care and limited choice were the norm. Their spirit of British entrepreneurship revolutionised the industry and today Specsavers is a well-known high street retailer with 2,000 stores in ten countries around the world, including more than 300 stores in Australia and New Zealand, while its humorous ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’ advertising line has become a much-used phrase.

Dame Mary Perkins, Co-Founder of Specsavers and BCA Patron said “All the nominations have, behind the scenes impacted on the lives of those around them and deserve public recognition.  That recognition is the ‘people’s honours’ under the banner of the British Citizen Award, who will now bestow a medal and the right to use the letters BCA.  “I thank you for making our world more human with your acts of goodness”.

One Stop are a retail convenience business with over 950 company and franchise stores operating in neighbourhoods across Great Britain. We employ more than 10,600 colleagues many of which are from the local communities we serve.

We pride ourselves in giving back to our local communities, over the last three years we have donated in excess of £1 million to local communities through our carriers for causes scheme and volunteered over 90,000 hours.

Jonny McQuarrie, Managing Director for One Stop says “We’re proud to sponsor the British Citizen Awards for the first time this year. We pride ourselves in serving communities across the country and giving back to them on a daily basis. It’s an honour to help recognise individuals that go above and beyond in their local areas, and change people’s lives for the better every day. Such commitment deserves to be celebrated

Places for People is a leading placemaker in the UK. We believe that places work when they work for everyone. Our places are designed for the long term, with heart and soul, and sustainable value at their core. We take a commercial approach to delivering social impact – this is what makes us different.

We are very proud to once again be supporting the British Citizen Awards which celebrates the positive impact each of the medallists is having on their communities. On behalf of Places for People, I am delighted to be part of the celebrations and would like to extend my thanks and congratulations to each and every one of the recipients for their truly inspirational contributions.”Pat Egan, Group Executive Director for Affordable Housing at Places for People

Objective HR is a friendly and focused HR Consultancy, with highly specialist teams. We deliver HR transformation, Recruitment solutions, Learning and Development interventions and Background referencing and checking services to provide businesses with a complete “people management solution”. The teams are passionate about people, taking time to understand our clients and the challenges they face. Our focus is to also recognise and support outstanding contributions made within our client base and within our internal teams. With this in mind, we are honoured and proud to support The British Citizens Award, recognising the outstanding contributions and impact people can have on communities.

Experian is the world’s leading global information services company. During life’s big moments – from buying a home or a car, to sending a child to college, to growing a business by connecting with new customers – we empower consumers and our clients to manage their data with confidence. We help individuals to take financial control and access financial services, businesses to make smarter decisions and thrive, lenders to lend more responsibly, and organisations to prevent identity fraud and crime.  We have 16,500 people operating across 39 countries and every day we’re investing in new technologies, talented people and innovation to help all our clients maximise every opportunity.

“We’re thrilled to be sponsoring The British Citizen Award, an important event recognising individuals doing extraordinary things in their local communities.  It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to meet and celebrate some of the most inspiring people in the UK changing people’s lives for the better.  By celebrating these role models, we hope they can inspire others to follow in their footsteps.