Corporate Social Responsibility Statement

The partners and staff of Highwood take their corporate and social responsibilities (CSR) seriously and are committed to ensure that CSR impacts on all aspects of their business. This includes ethical behaviour, concern for employee health and safety, care for the environment and community relationships.

Working Practices

  • Employee wellbeing and development
  • Promoter of new industry standards
  • Equal opportunities employer
  • Committed to life-long learning and obtaining professional qualifications
  • Feedback and involvement from all employees
  • Committed to a healthy and safe working environment

Environment

  • Proactive and responsible environmental practices
  • Recycling of paper and reduction of waste to reduce energy consumption
  • Use of electronic communication and transition to a paperless office
  • Recycling of printer cartridges via the Macmillan Cancer Research Trust

Community Involvement

Support of the local community is highly important to Highwood. Partners and staff are committed to having a positive impact on the communities in which they live and work by supporting local initiatives and charities. This includes youth projects as it is recognised that investment in the youth of today will mean a brighter future tomorrow.

  • Annual ‘giving back’ to the community. Each year , Highwood staff give one day of their time to a local charity, such as Watford FC’s Community Sports & Education Trust
  • Sponsorship of Watford FC Under 16 Academy Team
  • Sponsorship of Kings Langley School in the Rock Challenge® , an international performing arts competition which gives participating children increasing self-esteem, confidence and teamwork skills and improves student/teacher relationships
Peace Hospice Care cheque presentation

On match days Highwood allows members of Watford FC’s President’s Club to park in our private car park in exchange for a donation to their chosen charity. Highwood are delighted that in its fourth year this scheme has raised a further £2,750 for Peace Hospice Care, including a generous donation from the Partners of the firm. John Helfgott, Partner at Highwood, is pictured handing over a cheque to Joanna Milton, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Peace Hospice Care. 
Since this scheme started in 2013, Highwood have raised £10,000 for the charity.

Testimonials

I’ve worked with Highwood since we started our company over 12 years ago. Highwood now not only works with my business partner and me, but also a large number of the 80 people that work here at Grand Union. In addition to always getting strong financial advice from the Highwood team, I rely on Michael Gould for crucial guidance and support in relation to my family and professional finances. His expertise, understanding and, above all, candour has proved invaluable throughout this time.

Matt Nicholls
Chief Executive, Grand Union Limited

My husband and I have been with Highwood for three years. After our previous experiences with financial advisers, it was an enormous relief to find someone who explains everything in language we understand, who sets out the detail of our investments and importantly any charges incurred in a transparent way, and who always responds quickly to any queries we have. We came to Highwood at a time when we had to sort out my mother’s estate and had lots of decisions to make. Michael ‘held our hand’ through the process, and helped to clarify the options we had, and made it all feel much less daunting. We would (and do) highly recommend Highwood.

Mrs Jill Russell