START is for young people who are NEET (not in education, employment or training) or at risk of becoming so. The six week project aims to re-engage young people with the learning process and participants take part in a range of creative activities and regular literacy classes culminating in an Arts Award Qualification accredited by Trinity College.
In addition to supporting a specific charity, and in keeping with our principle of partnering with our investee companies, we also allocate a sum of money to help support them and their colleagues in any charitable activities they may choose to undertake. In the last 12 months, our investee companies have supported the following charities: Macmillan, Movember, Blue Marine Foundation, Cancer Research Fund, Terence Higgins Trust, the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.
We also support individuals in the Piper team in their charitable activities, providing whatever resources are required, time or money. The current charities that are benefiting from this support include: Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, NSPCC, MIND and the West London Churches Homeless Concern.
To learn more about the Lyric, please visit http://www.lyric.co.uk
As an investor in consumer brands, we believe that we have a responsibility to a wide stakeholder group, and to society at large, to encourage our portfolio companies to adopt high ethical standards and to act in a responsible manner.
We believe that regular and effective review and management of ESG issues can have a positive impact on customer perception, the credibility of a brand, the financial performance and value of our portfolio companies and is well aligned to our core business strategy and that of our investors.
Piper is and has always been committed to ensuring that ESG factors are considered across the investment lifecycle of its investments, alongside financial and business performance considerations, and within its own operations.