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Walk This Way - Arco supports Welcome to Yorkshire, the not-for-profit destination marketing organisation championing Yorkshire tourism.

Hull-based safety expert Arco is donating some unrequired  IT infrastructure to support not-for-profit organisation Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY). The donation will enable WTY to focus on investing its finances into recovering the county’s tourism, worth £9bn to the Yorkshire economy and responsible for nearly a quarter-of-a-million jobs pre-pandemic. Members of the Arco team will also be using their paid volunteering days to help WTY with the installation to ensure a seamless transition to the new infrastructure.

Arco is donating surplus IT infrastructure as it migrates to a cloud-based system as part of its head office relocation to Hull’s Fruit Market. The donation falls at a vital time, as WTY’s current infrastructure is aging and in need of replacement to mitigate risk to its systems. The donation will save the not-for-profit organisation up to £20,000 and allow it to redirect re-direct its budget to projects supporting Welcome to Yorkshire members suffering throughout the pandemic, from local businesses involved in hospitality, to tourism and tourist attractions.

WTY plans to use the reclaimed budget to bolster its Walkshire campaign, celebrating Yorkshire’s countryside, coast, cities, towns and iconic locations across the county, so that visitors can discover its spectacular scenery, history and heritage safely throughout and post-pandemic, following the Government guidelines at the time.

Simon Richardson from ITogether, a local IT consultancy, introduced the two organisations to facilitate the donation. Simon says ‘We were delighted to be able to bring the two organisations together. It’s great to know the infrastructure will stay in the local region and be recycled into a new investment that will be used for years to come.’

James Mackenzie, director of strategic delivery at Welcome to Yorkshire says ‘This donation will help the region, help the economy and help local businesses to recover from a very challenging period when visitor numbers have been so reduced. It comes at an ideal time as Welcome to Yorkshire has just launched our its year-long Walkshire campaign. Over lockdown, people have been limited as to the activities they can enjoy, but we can all explore the beauty of what is on our doorstep, and at the same time underpin Yorkshire as the walking capital of the world.’

Daniel Spurgeon, Head of IT at Arco, says ‘Arco is delighted to support Welcome to Yorkshire and recycle our IT infrastructure in such a positive way. With a 136 year heritage in Hull, it’s great to know that we’re ensuring continuity for a not-for-profit organisation in our county, whose work ultimately benefits local businesses and residents too. The pandemic has been a difficult time, but I’m confident the more we all rally together, the more we ensure life after the pandemic brings a brighter chapter’.


About Arco

Arco is the UK’s leading safety products and services company with a core purpose of keeping people safe at work. Through its in-house experts, Arco helps to shape the safety world in order to ensure UK workers go home safe every night. It distributes a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, workwear, safety footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products.

Headquartered in Hull, Arco reaches its customers through its extensive product catalogue, website and national network of retail stores. The company has sales of over £300m and employs approximately 1600 people nationwide.

Through the Arco Professional Safety Services division, Arco also provides consultancy, training, services and equipment to manage the most complex and high-risk, high hazard scenarios. Specialising in working at height, confined spaces and respiratory management, Arco Professional Safety Services can deliver solutions for those working in situations with the highest risk of serious injury or irreversible damage to health. 

Arco is committed to providing safety equipment that is genuine and compliant with relevant standards and regulations. To do this, it has a five-step product assurance process and is the only safety distributor with an independently accredited testing laboratory. Additionally, it is a member of the BSIF Registered Safety Suppliers Scheme.

Arco was the first member within the H&S industry to join the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) incorporating their internationally recognised code of labour practice into its own ethical policy and in 2010 became a member of Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange. To ensure ethical standards are continuously met throughout its supply chain, Arco carries out regular audits among all suppliers and, working with the ETI and other regulatory bodies, the company plays a leading role in helping to eliminate modern day slavery across the globe.

Founded in 1884 and with a heritage spanning five generations, Arco demonstrates traditional family values and is dedicated to its Corporate Social Responsibility policy. Each year Arco supports the development of various community and charitable programs, as well as national fundraising projects. Arco aims to not only provide financial support, but share skills, resources and create lasting partnerships.


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