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introduction

When our adventure began, there were just 12 of us. It was 1981. Back then the outdoors was about intrepid explorers, but we just wanted to open our front door and have fun. And we wanted everyone else out there with us too.

So we made great products that people could afford, clothing to get them outside and enjoying the fresh air without worrying what it would cost. That’s still what counts for us.

And we’re still doing it. Still thinking of new ways to help people, still inspired by the great outdoors and still hanging by the front door when you need us.

And it’s still what counts for the ramblers, amblers, hikers and bikers, campers and gardeners and daily commuters, dog walkers, show jumpers and multi-tasking mums, picnickers, backpackers, kids playing ball and dads at the footie, urban roamers and beachcombers and puddle-loving children and everyone else we’ve helped start their own adventure.

There were 12 of us. Now there are millions.

The Regatta Group is a family business with a strongly believed set of values.

We deeply believe that honesty, courtesy and respect are critical in all the decisions we make wherever that may be – with customers, colleagues and the workers in our factories.

We set up the Honesty Project to focus on creating fantastic product, thoughtfully engineered for the great outdoors, and in doing so will hopefully enhance the lives of those touched by our business. We’re not perfect yet but we’re striving to be committed to honesty and transparency in everything we do, every step of the way.

RESPONSIBLE SOURCING

We have been members of Ethical Trade Initiative since 2012. ETI brings together brands, retailers, suppliers, unions and NGO’s to improve conditions for workers worldwide. Since May 2017, we have maintained “Achiever” level by ETI standards, highlighting our progress on the ETI landscape. This reflects the amazing work we are doing in our factories. The ETI base code is the standard we aim to adhere to across all of our supply chain. We are really proud of our long term commitment to our suppliers. 50% of our suppliers within the Group have worked with us for over 5 years, and 35% for over 10 years. Across the Group we have inspected over 116 factories to ensure 40,000 workers are covered by the ETI base code across 9 countries.

SOCIAL IMPACT PROGRAMMES

Our RHEP project which teaches female health, hygiene and nutrition has reached over 10,000 workers in 6 factories, who in turn teach their neighbours, families and friends. We do this through a system of peer educators; teaching workers to be health educators who then cascade their learning.

For over 10 years, we have been funding a primary school in our garment factory area, with 262 disabled and disadvantaged children, aged from 4 to 14. Having conducted necessary refurbishment to the building and included a new sensory room and eye catching murals in the classrooms, our focus has turned to literacy and ensuring the school has a well stocked library with essential books for the children and their families. This is with a view of taking the library mobile to be able to cover more communities. We are also equipping the teachers with all the necessary training they need to deliver a first class experience to the children. We are proud of the positive impact we have made to over 3000 families to date.

THE ENVIRONMENT

Understanding the impact our activities have on our natural environment is important. It is imperative we reduce our harmful effects where possible. We have a detailed business plan, with key dates and targets. These include reducing CO2 emissions, reducing water usage, waste and chemical management, using more sustainable packaging and component parts where possible. We are 100% compliant with all European legislation regarding banned substances and are also working towards a reduction of PFC’s by 2020.

FLEXIBLE WORKING

Here at Basecamp we recognise the importance of work life balance for our employees and we operate a level of flexibility to support people with their lives outside of work where possible. Whether it’s starting later to attend a special assembly in school, taking longer lunch breaks to attend yoga classes then driving home after the rush hour traffic in the evening or working from home for specific tasks, we're open to ideas for what can support our teams get their jobs done most efficiently and have quality time outside of work too.

ENHANCED MATERNITY & PATERNITY PAY

We are very proud of our enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay, to give our new parents the opportunity to spend more special time with their little ones.

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The company offers a generous charity matching scheme for all employees.

LOCAL CHARITIES SUPPORTED

CHARITIES SUPPORTED

  • MANORLAND HOUSE
  • ACCESS SPORT
  • AIM HABANIM
  • ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY
  • BEST SPORTS LTD
  • BREAST CANCER CARE
  • BREAST CANCER NOW
  • BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
  • BRITISH LUNG FOUNDATION
  • CANCER RESEARCH UK
  • CHILDREN IN NEED
  • CHILDREN WITH CANCER UK
  • CLAIRE HOUSE
  • COTSWOLD DOWNS SYNDROME
  • CSJ
  • DEBENHAMS FOUNDATION
  • DESTINATION FLORIDA
  • DIAN FOSSEY/REGATTA
  • DOUGLAS BADER FOUNDATION
  • DRANSFIELD FOUNDATION
  • EMER FOGARTY
  • FAITH MATTERS
  • FRANCIS HOUSE
  • FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION
  • GUY’S & ST THOMAS’ CHARITY
  • HAPPY DAYS
  • KEY 103 CASH FOR KIDS
  • KIVISI MANCHESTER
  • LENNOX CHILDREN’S CANCER FUND
  • LIFELITES
  • LONDON AIR AMBULANCE
  • LUMOS FOUNDATION
  • MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT
  • MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
  • MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY
  • HOSPITAL NHS TRUST
  • MANORLANDS HOSPICE
  • MIND
  • MPS SOCIETY
  • NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CIRCUS
  • ARTS
  • NATIONAL HOLIDAY FUND
  • NATIONAL YOUTH ADVOCACY SERVICE
  • NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE
  • NEWLIFE FOUNDATION
  • NSPCC
  • NYAS
  • ONSIDE YOUTH ZONE
  • OVARIAN CANCER ACTION
  • POLICE MEMORIAL TRUST
  • RAWTHORPE AMATEUR BOXING CLUB
  • RED NOSE DAY
  • PROTIBONDHI FOUNDATION
  • ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE
  • SAVAR SCHOOL
  • SECOND HOPE
  • SOHANA RESEARCH FUND
  • SOUTHERN AREA HOSPICE
  • SERVICES
  • SPEKE HALL NATIONAL TRUST
  • SPORTS RELIEF 2016
  • ST ANN’S HOSPICE
  • ST DAVID’S HOSPICE
  • ST JOHN’S HOSPICE
  • THE CHRISTIE
  • THE DRANSFIELD FOUNDATION
  • THE FED
  • THE HARRINGTON SCHEME
  • THE PROUD TRUST
  • UHSM
  • UK TOREMET LTD
  • WAC ARTS
  • WALK THE WALK
  • WATER AID
  • WE LOVE MANCHESTER
  • WIGAN & LEIGH HOSPICE
  • WONKY DONKEY VISITOR CENTRE
  • WORLD CANCER RESEARCH FUND
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Working within the Arts in Manchester

The Regatta Group has sponsored the biennial Manchester International Festival (MIF) since 2011 and is a regular supporter of The Royal Exchange Theatre.

Our Head Office

Family Values

Our Retail Stores

Learning and Development Opportunities

To maintain our top talent and help people be the best they can be we have established a partnership with Instep UK Ltd - our main training provider. We have worked closely with Instep for a number of years to develop completely tailored programmes that suit the needs of the business.

The personal effectiveness programme compromises of a series of modules based around the theme of personal impact. This programme has gained great momentum within the business and has resulted in many internal successions and helping to build relationships and confidence of individuals.

Our management development programme is for new managers to the business, and newly appointed managers to improve their knowledge and skills to lead their teams and gives us the consistency that we require.

In-house bite size training is also available running workshops on topics such as feedback, time management, assertiveness and difficult situations.

Benefits and Perks at Head Office

Exceptional service awards – 10, 20, 30, 40 years
Subsidised canteen
Free fruit
Starbucks
Volunteering day
Free breakfast on your birthday
Outdoor seating area for Summer
Free tea and coffee at tea stations
Organised company walks
Team building days
Free on-site parking
Pool cars
Pool bikes
Cycle to work scheme
Monetary benefits
People’s pension
Scottish Widows pension (negotiable benefit)
Discretionary profit share bonus scheme (negotiable benefit)
An extra days holiday for every 3 years worked here
Fitness suite
Yoga
Boot Camp
Shower suite with hair driers and straighteners
Canal walks and cycle path

Awards and Engagement

Winner of the Queens Award for Enterprise –
International Trade 2012, 2013, 2016

The Regatta Group won the Judges Choice award in the 2017 MEN Business of the Year Awards.

Engage2Grow Gold award for employee engagement - 1 of only 5 companies to be awarded Gold level and currently the highest engagement level seen so far this year by the survey team.

ROSPA Gold Health & Safety Awards 2016, 2017 & 2018 for our distribution centre at pioneer point.

The International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council was won by Pioneer Point in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2014 calendar year.

What is your Regatta Group journey so far?

"My journey has lasted almost 10 years and does not feel that long at all!" - Jeff

Favourite moment/ part of your job?

"The year that the Contact Centre achieved the highest score for the business in the Best Companies survey was one of my favourite moments" - Jason

How would you sum up what it is like to work for The Regatta Group

"..it is like working as part of a family!" - Richard

Working for Regatta

Family Values

Entrepreneurial Spirit

What is your most memorable trip/adventure?

"I backpacked around Europe after university and had about 50 adventures a day!" - Rach

What is your Regatta Group journey so far?

"My Regatta journey started when I was 15 when I came to the Regatta group IT department for work experience." - Zac

Favourite moment/part of your job?

"Being rewarded for the work you do is definitely a bonus" - Gill

Working with Regatta

How would you sum up what it is like to work for The Regatta Group?

"Regatta is a company that will always try to give back to its employees and I believe we have a good balance of work and fun here." - Lisa

Favourite moment/part of your job?

"Variety - no day is the same, being able to help people and solve their puzzles." - Blaine

What is your most memorable trip/adventure?

"The company walks - A day away where you can just enjoy yourself. It's a great way to interact with different people within the Regatta group, away from your desk." - Sally