British manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex is renowned as the market-leader in the manufacture and supply of leading cable and energy management products. Less well-known is that the Hastings-based company is an established supporter of charity, donating almost half a million pounds over the last five years alone.
This philanthropic spirit was established and nurtured by company founder Harold Cirket and his wife Charlotte (nee Marshall), with the Charlotte Marshall Charitable Trust formed in 1962. National, regional and local health, educational and children’s charities are the main recipients of financial support.
Marshall-Tufflex Chief Executive Officer Paul Hetherington described the ‘sheer generosity of spirit’ of the company founders as ‘spectacular’. “A sizeable percentage of company dividends go to the Charitable Trust, allowing it to support a wide range of organisations,” he said. “Nationally we have recently assisted the Children with Cancer UK charity, the Ben McNicol Trust and Hounds for Heroes. Overseas donations have boosted Rotary’s ‘Wheelchair Foundation’ fundraising. And closer to home we continue to support the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, including a recent pledge of £10,000 for new equipment.
“This history of giving really sets us apart in the marketplace and reinforces the phenomenal heritage of Marshall-Tufflex,” added Mr Hetherington. “We make and assemble most products in our factories in Hastings, supporting the local economy through the employment of our dedicated and hard-working employees. We trade internationally but are not a global business; every time a Marshall-Tufflex product is sold it supports our workforce and a charity benefits. We therefore have to thank our customers throughout the supply chain for their continued support.”
Staff at Marshall-Tufflex are also great charity supporters, with a number of fundraising events run through the year to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, Age UK, Comic Relief, St Michael’s Hospice, Demelza House etc. Indeed, receptionist Teresa Plass, who set up the company’s ‘Santa Sacks’ appeal to provide gifts for children in Hasting’s Conquest Hospital over Christmas, appeared on national television thanks to her charity efforts.
“Our employees at Marshall-Tufflex really embody the spirit of giving and it has become ingrained within our organisation,” said Mr Hetherington. “From bake days to dress-down mufti days and raffle donations to supporting charity golf days, our staff get involved and try to make a difference. Couple their endeavours with the sizeable donations made by the Charlotte Marshall Charitable Trust and we really feel we are upholding and building upon the social awareness and philanthropic values established by Charlotte Cirket more than 50 years ago. It’s a commitment of which we are very proud and one which we plan to continue and develop.”