WE LOVE PROMOTING SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

At O & K we are committed to giving something back to our community and helping others.

As an accountancy practice in Croydon we have a young environment, and we are all socially connected. We believe we can make a difference in the world and especially in Croydon, even though we are a relatively small company.

“I truly believe that businesses that don’t address social responsibility, and more importantly, don’t put this at the heart of their operations,will suffer over the medium to long term” Richard Branson

“Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want the chance to change the world?” Steve Jobs

 We have been sponsors at the Croydon Business Awards for the past three years and we will continue to support this local event.

Three of the biggest challenges of our time are

  1. Economic stagnation.
  2. Poverty and suffering.
  3. Youth unemployment                                                                                                     

O&K are committed to giving back to help empower those less unfortunate than ourselves. So here is what we are going to do…………

Firstly we have agreed as an accountancy firm in Croydon to support the work of Paul Funnell and his Croydon company Enterprise Cube C.I.C.

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Paul and his team have been working with housing associations, homeless hostels, even ex-offenders and ex-gang members providing 10 week business start up programmes.  

With a host of new partners in their work to help disadvantage people start businesses their first 3 months have been busy, and they’ve seen many businesses flourish, further convincing us that enterprise can change lives and of the benefit of Creating & Unlocking Business for Everyone!

The programmes have been so well received that Enterprise Cube is now running courses in Bromley and Maidenhead. They are pleased to announce they’ll soon be embarking on their next set of Strive programmes across England.
Up to 175 disadvantaged and local entrepreneurs will join them as they launch seven new Strive programmes during 2013 with a great collection of partners including Affinity Sutton, Genesis, Housing Solutions and Riverside Homeless Hostel.

At the end of a ten week programme residents / participants get the opportunity to present their business idea to a panel, who ask questions of them and give them advice.

Enterpise Cube in Maidenhead with Simon Maddox of O&K and Home Secretary Theresa May

I was lucky enough to be invited to Maidenhead for one such presentation and was asked to be on a panel with Cllr David Burbage, leader of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and John Petit Housing Solutions Chief Executive. The panel awarded an incredible package of Housing Solutions backed start-up support including: social start-up loans, contracts, memberships to the chamber of commerce, free marketing and ongoing support from the CUBE team.

ImageTheresa May, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, joined us  presenting the residents the numerous start-up support packages as they graduated from their Strive Further Start-up training programme. 

“It’s a great day and exciting to see the great work [Enterprise CUBE] are having in helping residents to start businesses”, said the Home Secretary before going on to present certificates to start-ups she hopes will go on to become successful businesses that will create employment for other people in the community.

It’s a great start to a relationship which we hope will make a real difference to peoples lives.

Call me Simon Maddox, Partner at O&K on 0208 686 7756 or Contact Here  for more information about our social enterprise initiatives

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Paul Barber – star of legendary TV series ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘The Full Monty’ and soon to be released comedy drama film ‘One Night In Instanbul’ visits our team

Actor Paul Barber, who has appeared on our TV and Movie screens over the past 30 years, made a welcome visit to our offices in Croydon on Wednesday 24th April.

Paul, perhaps best known for playing Denzel in Only Fools and Horses, and for staring in The Full Monty, was visiting the team at O&K as they are the Executive Producers of the soon to be released film ‘One Night in Istanbul’ jointly produced by Big Ears Entertainment and Stray Dogs Films. For the latest behind the scene and teaser trailers go to www,oniimovie.com.

Paul Barber with the team at O&K2Quote from Farook Owadally – Senior Partner – Owadally and King

“In 2010 I was approached by a fellow Director of Big Ears Entertainment to get involved in the film which had already received rave reviews as a stage play in Liverpool. Not only was it interesting from a financial point of view in terms of helping to raise finance, but as an avid Liverpool FC fan it had obvious attractions. After extensive due diligence, it was satisfying to be able to make it an attractive investment proposition via an Entreprise Investment Scheme for our clients and business contacts. After having spent time with Paul on location it was great to see him at our Croydon offices giving him the chance to meet the accountancy team and telling them about the world of TV and movies”.

Quote from Paul Barber

“It was good to meet the team at O&K in Croydon and to have the chance to give them an insight into what the new movie is all about. I had a fab time making it and it’s a film that I am particularly proud of”.