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Sports and Social committees

IFDS has active Sports and Social Committees across the organisation who organise an array of events.

These events include theatre trips, quiz nights, trips abroad, football tournaments, bowling nights and numerous other sport and social activities.

The Sports and Social Committees help negotiate excellent staff discounts too, such as with gyms, local retailers, restaurants and all sorts of other leisurely indulgences.


Visiting Retail

If it's a bit of retail therapy you are looking for then great, because IFDS brings the high street to you! We have visiting retailers selling everything from greetings cards and jewellery to clothing and remote control toys!

The Group Forum

The Group Forum is an international group of employee representatives who act as a conduit between the colleague base and corporate level to discuss companywide issues. These issues range from clarity around business reorganisation and grading structures, corporate branding and prices in the canteens. The Forum essentially offers a platform for the employee voice to be heard so they can better engage with the Business.

Community Investment and Charity

IFDS has several dedicated and active Charity Committees that regularly meet to organise events so we can all be big-hearted and give something back. Each year the Committee actively supports a chosen charity and IFDS also operates a ‘Give As You Earn’ (GAYE) scheme which allows you to donate to charity directly from your gross salary.


Our on-site facilities vary between sites but include a subsidised restaurant/deli bar offering everything from hot meals and soups to fresh salads and paninis. Look out for special offers and themed food days! Our Adams House site offers tea and coffee making facilities, microwaves, fridge/freezers and food vending machines.

Amongst many other things, IFDS have funded a Christmas party for homeless 16-25 year olds, been actively involved in Wildlife conservation, and had numerous employees get stuck into vigorous and physically demanding challenges to raise money for various charities.




Some of the charity events we have been involved with in the last year include:

  • Hosting the Call Centre for Comic Relief, Sports Relief and Children in Need
  • Monthly "dress down" days for a chosen charity which is suggested by employees
  • Participated in Environment Day, holding an art competition for employees' children. The entry fee was donated to the Essex Wildlife Trust's Plotlands Project. Employees participated in a "Wear Something Green" jeans day and donated £1; this money was also donated to the project and a total in excess of £900 was raised for the charity
  • Work with the Basildon Foyer; an independent provider of accommodation for single and vulnerable homeless 16-25 year olds. IFDS funded a Christmas party for them.


The Company also contributes to the local community in the following ways:

  • Working in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC), IFDS supports a volunteering programme for its employees to work with local children who have difficulties with their reading and numeric skills
  • Mentoring undergraduates in association with the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). The University runs a mentoring scheme to allow 2nd year undergraduates' access to local business professionals (working in a relevant field) and the experience and guidance they can offer
  • Supporting Enterprise in Education which supports local senior schools providing students with a day of activities based around the business environment
  • Working in partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust to support the environment, wildlife and conservation initiatives
  • Sponsors a category of the annual Regional Business Awards and have also been involved in hosting the judging panel
  • Work with the Basildon Foyer; an independent provider of accommodation for single and vulnerable homeless 16-25 year olds. IFDS funded a Christmas party for them

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