For Mallusk-based retail and wholesale company Henderson Group, which has a proud family heritage spanning 120 years, ‘local’ is in the DNA.

And group HR director Sam Davidson says this focus on local drives success throughout the company and all associated with Henderson – from employees to suppliers and communities.

Employees are actively encouraged to participate in the group’s Payroll Giving scheme whereby the Henderson Group match contributions made by employees.

Sam added: “A new initiative doubling the contributions of any additional donations from new or existing members introduced in 2015 actually generated a further £325,000 for worthy causes last year, many of which are local charities. In the past 10 years, our employees have raised £2,350,000 for charity through Payroll Giving. The current participation rate sits at 35.5 per cent.”

The initiative has been acknowledged as the Best Sustained Scheme and Overall Best Campaign in the UK National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards in 2015.

Henderson Group supplies to 422 Spar, Eurospar and Vivo-branded stores throughout Northern Ireland, with 79 stores owned by the company.