FAMILY-founded and operated Broughton Removals Limited has launched a new drive to raise awareness for breast cancer, having secured £200,000 funding from the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The funding will see the business install a new fleet of vans, one of which is being wrapped in the branding of Breast Cancer UK, helping to raise awareness for a condition affecting 1 in 7 women in their lifetime.
Having built a close relationship with the charity following personal connections to the cause, the business plans to deliver a series of employee led fundraising campaigns for Breast Cancer UK throughout 2023.
One of the biggest leads of new customers for Broughton Removals is from customers seeing the vans on the street, which inspired the company to change up the usual design and get a number of the new fleet specially wrapped to raise awareness on the go and encourage people across the capital to donate.
The vans, which are lower in emissions than the previous fleet, continue a commitment to sustainability. The business already runs a box recycling program where all used boxes can be picked up for free and then reused or recycled, with nothing going to landfill.
Investment in greener transport is a pressing priority for many businesses across the capital with emissions charges set to be introduced in Edinburgh next year. Through the funding deal, Broughton Removals have identified an opportunity to support an important cause whilst meeting the upcoming legal requirements.
Founded in 1970 by Sonny Munro, Broughton Removals has banked with Royal Bank of Scotland for over five decades since its inception and has a long-standing tradition of supporting the Edinburgh community. Despite passing the business on to daughter Jo and son Kris Munro, Sonny is still very much involved, undertaking surveys for prospective clients. He also recently visited a client which he had personally moved back when first creating the business in 1970, highlighting the long-standing relationships Broughton Removals builds with its customers.
Since being taken over by Jo and Kris, the business has undergone an exciting period of growth and modernisation, leading to the creation of many jobs in the local area. Broughton Removals recruitment focuses on launching careers for young people & school leavers by paying for full training programmes including HGV tests.
Jo Munro, Director & Owner, Broughton Removals Ltd said: “As a family-founded business, we have always felt a strong sense of responsibility to support our local community in Edinburgh.
“We really value our relationship with Royal Bank of Scotland and this funding announcement will go a long way towards helping us to continue to expand the business, create jobs and support charitable causes along the way.”
Thalie Martini, CEO, Breast Cancer UK said: “I am thrilled that Broughton Removals have joined forces with us to prevent breast cancer through their fantastic and eye-catching pink vans. Their support means we can fund more scientific research to better understand the causes of breast cancer so that we can reduce incidence rates and prevent it in future generations.
“Today in the UK over 56,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with the disease every year. 1 in 7 women will hear the words ‘you have breast cancer’ at some point in their lifetime. Prevention of breast cancer has never been more important as we all face an increasingly strained NHS. Our partnership with Broughton Removals will get us one step closer to ensuring future generations never have to face this awful disease”.
Denis Curran, Royal Bank of Scotland Relationship manager, said: “It has been a privilege to support Broughton Removals for the past 50 years and watch them grow from a small family business to the thriving company it is today. The owners, Jo and Kris, bring a wealth of experience and competence to the table, consistently providing top class services to their customers.
“Their strong community presence and commitment to giving back, as evidenced by their support of Breast Cancer Awareness, is a testament to their values and dedication to making a positive impact in the local community. On behalf of the Royal Bank of Scotland, we wish them continued success and growth for the future.”