Business in the Community

Our Community 

Being a responsible company in our local community extends beyond the part we play as an employer and the contribution this makes to the local economy.   As  a member of Business In The Community (BITC), a business focussed charity supported  by the Prince’s Trust , we work closely with a number of local organisations to help deliver projects and initiatives and make a measurable contribution  at the heart of our local community.

Our Health & Wellbeing Survey features as a BITC case study

We give support to local schools and other organisations, sharing our passion for good food and best practice. We also offer our skills and knowledge through volunteering in the community and donate to local groups and charities. At a national level, we have been involved in raising money for the Variety Club Children’s Charity.

Since becoming a BITC member and joining the Cambridgeshire cluster, to promote the ‘Business Class’ initiative (which aims to promote the benefits of businesses working in partnership with local schools and colleges) we have been actively involved with Linton Village College (LVC), based a mile away from our Linton site.

In late 2012, Radio Cambridge 105 featured how businesses can add value to local schools and benefit the curriculum. Listen to Dalehead HR Manager Joanne Collins and Head of Business Development at LVC, Ian Simmons as they talk to Radio Cambridge 105.

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Watch the video Quentin Clark, Head of Sustainability & Ethical Sourcing at Waitrose, made at the Dalehead Foods Enterprise Award day at Linton Village College on 27th November. Read the news item Tear & Share sausage scoops the Enterprise Award!


We are thrilled to have been recognised at a national level by BITC and awarded a ‘Big Tick’ in recognition of our ASPYRE programme (aiming to support and promote young people in the rural environment). We have achieved the Big Tick in the Rural Action Award which aims to recognise businesses that support rural communities to maintain a vibrant, sustainable rural economy.

Read the News story on our Big Tick Award

FT Responsible Business Supplement 12th June 2013


We are thrilled to be recognised at this year’s BITC Regional Awards Dinner, winning the category of ‘Local Community Impact Award’ and receiving Highly Commended for ‘Most Innovative New Programme’.

The ‘Local Community Award’ is in recognition of the ongoing work with our neighbours at Linton Village College, providing additional support and enhancing their Food Curriculum activities through interactive visits. This has resulted in the launch of the Dalehead Enterprise Award and a winning student team and their ‘Pork Powerballs’, a product created by a group of Year 9 students following a Dalehead product development brief.

For more information BITC Winner – Local Community Impact Award

The ‘Most Innovative New Programme Award’ for which we have been Highly Commended is in recognition of the Dalehead ASPYRE programme, which aims to support and promote young poeple in the rural environment, offering opportunities and greater understanding of the career options within the food industry and spanning the whole supply chain.

For more information BITC Highly Commended – Most Innovative New Programme

Ian Simmons, Assistant Head Business & Enterprise Linton Village College said “….although the Dalehead-LVC partnership is still young we have achieved an enormous amount with many different students and staff at Dalehead in the last 8 months. Having worked in enterprise and business engagement for many years it has already turned into one of the most rewarding partnerships I have been involved in…the award for Dalehead was justly deserved and I look forward to bigger and better things as we move into next year”.

BITC ‘Business Class National Symposium’

‘Business Class’ is a BITC initiative of which Linton Village College and Dalehead Foods, amongst other local businesses, make up the Cambridgeshire cluster. The aim of ‘Business Class’ is for every young person, particularly those facing social disadvantage, to receive support from business to build successful working lives. Dalehead has formed a partnership with Linton Village College to offer effective support and the work carried out so far has recently been selected as a case study to demonstrate best practice.

The case study, which was one of 50 selected from BITC member businesses across the UK, was presented to national and international companies at the ‘Business Class National Symposium’, held in London, with the aim of sharing learnings and transferring knowledge on effective ways in which schools and businesses can work together to improve and enhance the lives of young people.

Speaking at the event, Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP said “I am delighted that many school leaders have already engaged businesses to help their pupils make the best start in life. The Business Class programme is an excellent example of how schools can take advantage of the expertise and experience that the business world has to offer. The key to its success is the extent to which schools leaders are able to tailor the programme to their pupils and priorities”.

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