Capco continues to work to benefit the communities in which we operate and to support our chosen charities.
SUPPORTING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY DURING THE PANDEMIC
Capco took early action to ensure the safety of the Covent Garden estate with additional security presence deployed to protect unoccupied residential homes and commercial premises.
Capco is one of the main sponsors of the Covent Garden food bank, making significant contributions and providing assistance throughout the year. Capco approached a number of restaurants on the estate to donate unused food to the food bank. This also reduced food waste as restaurants entered various lockdowns. Capco also provided funding for a chef at Dragon Hall community centre serving the elderly hot meals, with surplus food used as ready meals for the food bank, and sponsored Christmas lunches for the elderly. Capco has also supported food banks in Fulham and Westminster.
Temporary seating was installed in and around the Market Building, which provided residents with outdoor amenity space and a weather-proof location to meet outdoors in accordance with the prevailing government guidelines.
As reported in our environmental update, in partnership with Westminster City Council, Capco enabled enhancements to the public realm by introducing and managing seven additional pedestrianised streets in the area, providing vital extra space for social distancing and over 500 incremental outdoor covers to keep residents and visitors safe and ensure retail and restaurants were able to operate when permitted.
Capco staff attended numerous Westminster City Council workshops covering a wide range of topics to assist the City Council with its aspirations to respond to their recently declared climate emergency.
The heritage of Covent Garden is very important and through the Capco Community Fund, we have supported the Arts by donating to the British Fashion Council’s Foundation Fashion Fund for the COVID-19 crisis and supporting the Royal Opera House Recovery Campaign as well as the Iris Theatre based at the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden
Capco hosted a charity auction ‘Gift for Good’ in partnership with charity Only a Pavement Away which works alongside Crisis. The auction raised over £10,000 to which Capco gave an additional donation to give a total of £15,000.
During the year, Capco supported a number of homeless charities including St Mungos, a charity which is working in the Covent Garden district to support marginalised people in accessing recovery services. Capco supported their COVID-19 response fund.
Capco supported the Single Homeless Project, a London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people, by working with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. Capco supported their COVID-19 emergency response fund.
Capco is a strategic corporate partner of LandAid, the property industry charity aimed at ending youth homelessness in the UK. In addition, Capco supported their COVID-19 emergency fund with a specific emphasis on supporting the young people of Westminster.
Capco has also supported The Connections at St. Martin’s, a homeless charity that helps thousands of people every year to move away from, and stay off, the streets of London.
YOUNG WESTMINSTER FOUNDATION
Capco supported the Foundation’s ‘Brighter Futures Fund’. Projects helped by this fund will be responding to the arising needs from the pandemic, including increased mental health concerns and isolation.
APPLE MARKET CHALLENGE
Capco facilitated the Apple Market Challenge for its 14th year. The initiative continues to be hugely successful and has now involved around 7,000 children since its inception. This year, due to COVID-19, pupils from six schools presented virtually over Zoom an eco-friendly educational product, which could be sold from the Apple Market in the Covent Garden Market Building. Four teams made the final round, and their pre-recorded presentations were viewed by judges from our staff and a winner chosen. The Challenge helps children to understand what is involved in running a small business and they assign themselves roles such as marketing, design or finance executives based on their skills.
A Year 12 student who took part as a mentor in 2019 has used her experience in the Apple Market Challenge to set up her own business which involves bulk buying from one website and selling on eBay. She applied for a Business Studies degree at university and in her personal statement said how the Apple Market Challenge inspired her interest in business.
TURN TO STARBOARD
As part of an armistice commemoration event, held in accordance with the government guidelines at that time, Capco supported this charity, which uses sailing training to support Armed Forces personnel and their families affected by military operations.
Capco supports Blind Veterans UK, which helps ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss.
SIR SIMON MILTON FOUNDATION
We supported the Sir Simon Milton Foundation with its Christmas programme of delivering hampers across the city to its loneliest older residents.
In addition, surplus IT equipment and PCs were donated to the following charities in Westminster: Octavia Foundation, St. Peters Breakfast Club, Pimlico Toy Library, North Paddington Food Bank and Turning Point.
Capco in conjunction with a local resident and the Lord Mayor of Westminster enabled a socially distanced Armistice Day Commemoration event on the Piazza which included the laying of a wreath to the memory of those who served in the Armed Forces and who worked in Covent Garden markets.
We supported Urbanwise London in their work with students from Servite RC Primary School, St. Cuthbert with St. Matthias Primary, and Fulham Primary School in 2020. The students learned about local landmarks in their local area, explored trails and discovered architecture. A family activity guide was prepared for families in the Lillie Square area and the local schools.
We continued to work with the Urban Land Institute on its Urban Plan Project. During the year we worked with students from Fulham Cross Academy. The programme helps young people understand the role real estate plays in renewing and regenerating urban areas and brings the urban environment to life through a series of interactive real-life workshops and team-working challenges.
Capco participated in the Pathways to Property summer school presentation, alongside 30 other firms. This was an event held at the University of Reading with students participating in a number of events and lectures. This year the programme was held virtually over three days, culminating in the final day’s presentation to firms.