With a £300 million investment programme underway in Scotland and more than 200 members of staff across the Chris Stewart Group of companies, we take our corporate and social responsibility seriously. We care about the communities that we work in, and the people that live and work there too. We’re bringing 1000+ jobs and £100 million GVA to two flagship developments in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and we’ve created at least 750 jobs in construction, manufacture and administration since 2013. But in addition, we work alongside charities and cultural organisations to ensure that we are supporting and encouraging their work and efforts too.
Chris Stewart is current Chair of Seamab School, a charitable organisation based in rural central Scotland that provides specialised care and education to young children. Chris has been working closely with the Board of Trustees and the Senior Management Team to improve efficiencies, processes and governance at Seamab, and to streamline the charity’s business planning and financial reporting. Chris Stewart Group as a whole will be offering fundraising support to the charity as well as property and facilities management advice. We will also be working closely with the management team at Seamab on a review of their education and care campuses, to help them realise their vision of a new purpose built school.
Marie-Jane Gray, who heads up Communications for CSG, has latterly been an active member of the SPIFOX Too committee, which raises funds for children’s charities across Scotland through a series of annual sporting and networking events. SPIFOX and SPIFOX Too have collectively raised £4 million for children’s charities.
In recent years more than 10 members of staff from CSG’s head office have taken took part in the Buccleuch Challenge, an annual day-long series of physical tasks, including mountain biking, orienteering, rowing and running, organised by Buccleuch Property and held at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire. Funds raised have gone to Ovarian Cancer Action, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Projekt 42.
Health and wellbeing is really important to us at CSG; through our ownership of the Courtyard by Marriott Edinburgh hotel, we have partnered with Health in Mind. By encouraging staff to take part in a multitude of activities – including abseiling off the Forth Road Bridge and running the Edinburgh Marathon – we are hoping to help combat the stigma around mental health issues, and promote positive mental wellbeing in all.
As well as helping charitable causes, Chris Stewart Group is a long term patron of culture and the arts, providing support to local artists and cultural events in Edinburgh. We have worked with David Martin in his capacity as an artist – check out Live Art at The Registers for more info – and as the founder of the city’s Hidden Door Festival. We have also supported the Creative and Corporate Love series of event that was held across Edinburgh throughout 2017.
CSG also supports a number of other charitable organisations through donations of gifts, prizes and auction lots. These have included The Shoot Charitable Trust (supporting Maggie’s Centres, JDRF, The Polar Academy, Horseback UK and Seamab), Women in Property (supporting Edinburgh Women’s Aid), So Precious and Wooden Spoon Scotland (rugby-focused children’s charity).