Shell Bacton has been operating alongside our coastal communities for over 50 years. Our aim is to be a good neighbour by managing our operations well and helping to contribute to the well-being of local communities.

Approximately 150 people typically work at the plant, which brings broad social and economic benefits to the area. There are also supply chain benefits as a result of the goods and services that the plant requires to operate, and the plant has an active social investment programme.

In the UK, we focus our social investment on supporting community development (including sponsorships and donations) near our sites and offices, inspiring more young people to study STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), and encouraging start-up businesses and young entrepreneurs.

Community Donations

Annual sponsorship for EEEGR (East of England Energy Group)
Annual sponsorship grant to EEEGR, who represent and support local ‘energy’ businesses within the East Anglian region. This sponsorship began in 2004 after the closure of the Shell offices in Lowestoft and continues today, showing our commitment and support to the energy industry within the local region.

Annual sponsorship Funding for the Theatre Royal Youth Production
The Theatre Royal Youth Production is a long term sponsorship of some 20+ years, where local children/youths are able to act, sing and perform live on stage to an audience.

Funding of Charities for the Step Change safety donations
Safety Intervention scheme that encourages every member of staff on site to submit intervention safety cards each month with the staff deciding which charity organisation benefits.

Annual sponsorship Funding for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust
Norfolk Wildlife Trust are also a long-standing recipient of Shell grants and staff volunteering man hours. This is to demonstrate Shell’s commitment to the environment. In addition to the grants, occasionally Shell sends team or groups of volunteers to help with local environment projects. 

Co-funded activities

Bacton Consortium Social Investments
Operators through the CAG (Community Action Group) forum align with social investments wherever possible, (e.g. local swimming programmes, multi sports, Parish Council fetes and parties

Over 60’s Community Lunche
Funding Partners: Shell, Perenco, Interconnector and BBL.

This event occurs annually, it is acclaimed that the local elderly residents very much look forward to it each year. Over 450 residents from Bacton, Edingthorpe, Walcott, Paston, Knapton, Witton and Riddlington attend over 3 days per year.

Sponsorship for NOSCA Awards
Funding Partners: Shell, Local Businesses and Norfolk Constabulary

The NOSCA’s are the Norfolk Safety and Community Awards and Shell sponsors the ‘Young Citizen of the Year Award’ annually. 

Encouraging STEM Education and Enterprise

Tomorrow's Engineers
Shell has contributed over £1million to expand the Tomorrow’s Engineers programme throughout the UK. In 2014, Tomorrow’s Engineers reached 217 secondary schools across Scotland. Our investment provides thousands of Scottish students between the ages of 11-14hands-on engineering experiences and helps them explore the diverse range of opportunities that a technical career can provide.

The Bright Ideas Challenge
What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live? That’s the question put to students aged 11-14 by The Bright Ideas Challenge, a Shell cross-curricular schools’ competition. Since 2015 we have been inviting young people to use their creativity, problem solving, teamwork and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power cities of the future. With over £45,000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs, there’s every reason to think big!

Shell LiveWIRE
Shell LiveWIRE supports young entrepreneurs with sustainable business ideas that address the UK’s future transport, energy, natural resource or urban development needs.

Shell Springboard
Shell Springboard provides funding and business development support to UK enterprises with innovative, low-carbon products, helping take their businesses to the next level. Regional Final events have been held in Aberdeen in recent years.

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