Everybody at Sykes & Son Limited is proud of our 250 year history and keen to help leave a positive legacy for future generations. But what sets us apart from our competitors?

In 2016 we started a consultation process with staff and clients to define our culture and to articulate what makes us unique. This would help us to ensure that we consistently deliver a high-quality service and support the high quality brand of Sykes.

The result was our “four pillars” that reference the key initiatives that set us apart from our competitors:

1. We build relationships
2. We bring expertise
3. We are professional
4. We always care

Charity

As a business at the heart of London we take responsibility for adding value to the communities in which we operate. Sykes have supported a number of charitable initiatives over a large number of years.

Five years ago, Sykes were introduced to a small charity called Halow Project based in Guildford, Surrey who support young people with learning difficulties. Their mission is to enable youngsters with a learning difficulty to have the same life chances and opportunities as any other person.

In 2012 Sykes entered a team for an inaugural charity bike ride from London to France with the challenge to cycle 250 miles in 48 hours. The event was a great success and as well as raising urgently needed funds for Halow, it proved deeply rewarding to the participants who worked closely together to encourage each other through the ride and met new friends who were also involved in the ride. The ride has become an annual event and this year celebrated its 5th anniversary (and 6th ride) and Sykes have participated every year and helped to raise in excess of £500,000 to help Halow grow significantly and offer bigger and greater opportunities to its young people. In 2016 Sykes arranged for Halow youngsters to take part in a music workshop with the Royal College of Music – an event that was extremely well received by all of the participants.

The Halow250 charity ride is now very much part of the Sykes calendar and nearly 20 of our staff have now taken part in the event. Whilst it will continue to figure in our charitable initiatives, in 2017 it was decided to ask staff to select a “Charity of the Year” and to choose a few key events to raise money. This year the charity was “Children with Cancer UK” and a team of 11 staff undertook the “Three Peaks Challenge” in 24 hours. As well as successfully completing this arduous challenge the Sykes team raised nearly £10,000 for this very worthy cause.