BUSINESSMAN Simon Fyfe believes in giving something back to the community – and wants other firms to do the same.
That’s why his Bognor-based company donates one per cent of its annual net profits to charity, as well as giving clients cheques to donate to their chosen cause.
Mr Fyfe is managing director of Caldyne Building Contractors Limited which has been up and running since April after he branched out from another building firm.
“If every business donated one per cent of their profits to charity, instead of squirrelling it away, the world would be a much better place,” he said.
“It’s not all about take, take, take.”
He said if the firm made £500,000 in the first year of running, he would donate £5,000 to a local charity.
As the company grows, the donations will get bigger and he said he would consider a larger percentage contribution in the future.
He is using the company’s Facebook page to get people to vote which charity the donation should go to at the end of the financial year.
“It’s putting it back into the community,” he said.
“I used to be a town councillor and I donated my allowance to charity.”
My Fyfe’s firm is a building contractor for commercial and domestic projects, so the size of the donation will depend on the size of the project.
“For a big house refurbishment they can go to St Wilfrid’s for example and donate £100 to them,” he said.
Mr Fyfe said the company had no say in the charities their customers chose to donate to.
“It’s up to them,” he said.
Visit the website for more information on the business at www.caldynebuilding.co.uk