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Every Little Helps! Tesco provides more than £90,00 to local communities through grant scheme



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Tesco has revealed that South West Norfolk was one of the top ten locations for funding from the Tesco Community Grants scheme during the pandemic.

From 2019 to 2021 the South West Norfolk Parliamentary constituency received £92,00 in funding, supporting 62 different community groups.

The Tesco Community Grants scheme, which is one of the largest business-backed funds of its type in the UK, donated more than £7.9million to good causes in the UK throughout the pandemic.

The queue outside Tesco on the Hardwick Industrial Estate, shortly before the store opened on Friday morning at 6 am.. (44051900)
The queue outside Tesco on the Hardwick Industrial Estate, shortly before the store opened on Friday morning at 6 am.. (44051900)

Tesco Community Grants support thousands of local community projects across the UK. Since the establishment of the scheme in 2015, Tesco has provided over £90m in community grants to 40,000 organisations.

The scheme is administered by Groundwork, a charity that is an expert in running community grant schemes.

Graham Duxbury CEO of Groundwork UK said: “Our work over many years has demonstrated the importance of investing in the social infrastructure of our communities – the buildings, spaces and services that keep us all connected and provide a lifeline for many.

"That’s why we’re delighted to be working with Tesco, providing community grants where they’re most needed and helping organisations to thrive.”

The figures have come to light following a newly published report for Tesco by Public First highlighting the role the supermarket plays in local communities across the UK.

This report demonstrates the wider support that Tesco provides for the local economy.

The total economic contribution is over £6.9BN for the East of England economy, supporting over 125,000 jobs across the region and 1153 supplier businesses.

The report also showed that consumers increasingly value the broader roles supermarkets play in communities with: One in five people saying they have worked in a supermarket at some point ,young people ranking retail as the second most available career opportunity locally,people feel that having a supermarket nearby is a higher priority than a GP, pub or bank ,more people withdraw cash from a supermarket than high street banks and more people pick up healthcare products from supermarkets than anywhere else.

Head of Communities, Claire de Silva said: “Tesco is much more than a supermarket and no more so that over the last 18 months throughout the pandemic. We’ve been working hard for our colleagues, customers and communities to provide support and help for so many thousands of people for many years and we’ll continue to provide a lifeline for charities and community projects across the UK.”



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