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Business In The Community

The National Business Response Network

AXA teamed up with Business In The Community to launch The National Business Response Network. Our £1 million donation will help the network to support communities during these difficult times.

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What is Business In The Community?

The Business In The Community (BITC) organisation was created 40 years ago by the Prince of Wales to champion responsible business in the UK. It is one of the oldest and largest business-led membership organisations.

Each BITC member, whether it’s a small or big business, believes that they can use their own success to help society and their communities prosper.

Business In The Community in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland branch was created in 1989 and has since become a huge success. With 260 members, the Northern Irish branch accounts for 30% of BITC business members in the UK.

How does BITC help communities?

How does BITC help communities?

“Membership is not just a badge, it is a public commitment to a better way of doing business.”

The BITC inspires its members to work together to help the communities they are part of, and to be a force of good for our society.

They do this by:

  • Creating a skilled, inclusive workforce today and for the future
  • Building thriving communities in which to live and work
  • Innovating to repair and sustain our planet
Introducing AXA’s partnership

Introducing AXA’s partnership

Following the Covid-19 crisis, the BITC wanted to do more to help communities and their businesses navigate their way through this difficult time. In April, we partnered with BITC, to offer additional support to communities affected by the pandemic.

The National Business Response Network

Together, we launched The National Business Response Network. The charity connects communities across the UK with the business support they need through an online portal.

What does the network do?

Through the vast regional and local connections of BITC’s members, we identify needs of local communities and match them up to businesses that have the resources to help.

Our £1 million donation to the charity will accelerate the network’s goal to help our communities bounce back.

How does it work?

The network will focus its activity on helping communities in four key areas:

  • Food: Ensuring people have continued access to food
  • Technology: Support to enable children to continue learning, and older people to stay connected to families
  • Community support: Support to vulnerable groups and older people to enable continued access to food, healthcare, social interaction and other essentials
  • Small businesses: Creating resources with advice and practical tools specifically for small businesses; providing business continuity and wellbeing support through mentoring for small businesses
How we support our communities

The business resources we will be matching to community needs are:

  • Professional support: Using the untapped resources and goodwill of our member companies to provide human resources to support communities in the UK.
  • Lending/donating resources: Lending or donating resources to organisations and people to meet needs.
  • Logistics: Transportation of people, goods and services.

Hear the inspiring stories of community organisations and businesses that we’ve supported so far

Know You Can

Know You Can

We want to champion and help the heroes all over Northern Ireland that work hard every day to help those around them. As a founding partner, we’re delighted to be able to help The National Business Response Network support communities during this difficult time.

We’re committed to supporting the communities we are part of through initiatives and campaigns that give communities the tools and platform they need to flourish. AXA Community Hero, AXA Community Bike Rides and the AXA Research Fund are just a few of the many initiatives we launched to deliver on our promise.

You can find out more about these projects in the about section on