Helping Yorkshire and the Humber

Helping Britain Prosper Plan

Across the UK the Helping Britain Prosper Plan is making a positive difference for people of all ages, businesses of all type and size, and the communities they share.

Behind each headline there are thousands of individual stories about how we’re helping. And we’re not doing it alone. We’re working together with our four charitable Foundations, community groups and other businesses.

"We embrace our economic, social and environmental responsibilities to Help Britain Prosper by operating as a responsible, sustainable and inclusive Group."

Sara Weller, Independent Director and Chairman of the Responsible Business Committee

Environmental responsibility

Yorkshire Water has established a sustainable finance framework, published in January 2019, to finance its existing operations and continued investment in projects that have a positive green and social impact. 

In October 2019, supported by Lloyds Banking Group, Yorkshire Water issued £400 million of sustainability bonds under this framework, including a £300 million 7 year new issue and a £100 million tap of the company’s existing 2041 bond.

Yorkshire Water are responsible for providing one of society’s most essential services, the treatment and supply of water and waste water. The company supplies c. 1.3 billion litres of drinking water a day to over 5 million consumers, as well as employing over 3,000 people across the region, making it one of Yorkshire’s largest employers.

As custodians of this critical infrastructure and the natural environment, sustainability is at the heart of Yorkshire Water’s operations. This includes a number of public interest commitments, such as achieving net zero carbon emission by 2030 and preventing the equivalent of four billion plastic bottles ending up as waste.

Students from low income backgrounds aim high

Since its inception in 2011, over 1,000 students have benefited from our Lloyds Scholars programme, which provides the financial support they need to study at university along with a package of support, including mentoring and internships.

Being a Lloyds Scholar meant that I was given the opportunity to participate in two summer internships in different areas/locations of the bank. My knowledge in the world of banking and work grew massively, and because of my newfound confidence and experience, I have recently been successful in securing a place on the Lloyds graduate scheme!

Myra Mahmood, Lloyds Scholar

Helping the homeless

The Cathedral Archer Project (CAP), based in Sheffield, are dedicated to welcoming, supporting and helping homeless and vulnerable people from across the city to change their lives.

In July Group Chairman, Lord Blackwell visited the project to see how they provide support through a programme of activities to help people learn new skills, enjoy new experiences and gain accreditation.

They offer services such as access to hot food and showers, laundry, interview rooms and a lounge area with computers. CAP is currently in the third year of a £60,000 grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, providing vital support to the project’s structured volunteer programme helping people to grow their confidence and increase their employability.