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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

Michael’s presentation at the Moor Park Business Club was top class. Apart from my own views, I sat next to an IFA who was nodding all the way through your talk and commented on the excellent manner it was given. He said that he witnesses many similar presentations on similar topics but this had been the best ever witnessed.

As well as coaching individuals in Public Speaking, with an emphasis on Wedding Speeches, I work as an examiner/assessor for a Qualifications Awarding Organisation – English Speaking Board (ESB). As such I travel around the country assessing people giving presentations with view to them acquiring a professional qualification in Communication Skills. Had I been assessing you today there is no doubt you would have achieved a ‘Distinction’ in the ESB Award in Professional Presentation Skills which is at Degree level. Everything about it was excellent. I wish more people could communicate in such a professional manner as you did earlier today.

Graham Le-Gall
Specialist Wedding Speech Coach

My accountant recommended that I should take advice from a different independent financial advisor four years ago, as my investments were scattered and not especially tax efficient.  They recommended I meet Highwood.

I met Michael Gould of Highwood at my accountants office in 2013 and quickly realised that I should appoint them.  I gave them details of all my assets and they took approximately a month to prepare a thorough written investment report which we followed up with a further meeting. On their advice I gradually changed various holdings including organising my SIPP and setting up Educational trusts for my grandchildren etc.

I have been very impressed after three years with the performance of my portfolio and especially the efficient quiet way that they have responded to my requests. I now have an annual meeting with Highwood to receive a written report and in the Interim they deal with my requests quickly and efficiently in correspondence and by phone. All the team at Highwood appear to be very professional and I have no hesitation in recommending them

David Cons FRICS