Summit’s social responsibility ethos has been a cornerstone of the company since it started in 2000. Following their involvement in a number of highly successful arts projects for prisons, Summit’s founders wanted to train and employ even more prisoners and give them a range of skills appropriate to the changing job market.
Since that time, more than 450 prisoners have worked at Summit and many have stayed with us even after their release. Many others continue to work elsewhere, or have set up their own successful businesses since leaving us.
The most important outcome is that there is a negligible re-offending rate for all those who have worked for Summit while in prison.
Summit has always been open with clients about the background of our prison staff and many clients have attended meetings within the prison. This, in turn, has raised awareness of the positive potential of employing ex-offenders.
Whilst still maintaining an office in the prison, a number of low security day release prisoners are based at Summit’s headquarters at Townend Farm, working alongside and as part of an integrated team with the rest of our employees.
In 2007, Summit gained the Tenon Award as the most entrepreneurial company in the UK, based on its work with prisoners. Summit is committed to conducting its business in a socially responsible and ethical manner, recognising our responsibility to contribute positively to all our employees, our clients, the community and the environment at large.
Our employees are our most important assets and we are proud to provide a work environment where employees are appreciated, valued and given regular feedback.
All management staff work in an open office, promoting an ‘open door’ policy for concerns, thoughts and feedback. We promote on merit and skill and do not discriminate on age, gender, disability, religion or sexual orientation.
We recognise the parental and family obligations of our employees and ensure that all staff members are supported through flexible working hours and the ability to take personal time away from work whenever possible.
All staff are encouraged to develop their skills and succeed in personal and corporate aims, helping to achieve our goal of ensuring Summit remains a fulfilling and enjoyable place to work.
Supporting the Community and the Environment
Summit is actively involved in the local community, supporting nearby shops and trades, utilising suppliers from the area and helping local schools with student placement schemes. We recycle as much as we can and are passionately committed to reducing our ecological footprint through thoughtful energy use and the promotion of alternative transportation methods for commuting.