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 supporting innovative low-carbon start-ups.

Community Donations

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.

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 Lunches

Funding Partners: Shell, Perenco, Interconnector and BBL. This event is arranged 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 4 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

Encouraging STEM Education and Enterprise

Energy Quest

Shell has invested over £3million in Energy Quest, an in-school workshop that’s already given over 215,000 students from almost 1,500 schools, hands-on engineering experiences and careers information over the last six years.

The journey to inspire more young people about engineering starts in school. That’s why Shell has been supporting this in-class programme since 2014. The Energy Quest is a two-hour workshop that can be delivered by an experienced Energy Quest facilitator or remotely, via a student, or teacher-led activity.

The Bright Ideas Challenge

Shell’s STEM schools' programmes aim to inspire and support young people to create a better world through science, engineering and creativity. At the programme’s heart is our schools’ competition, The Bright Ideas Challenge. The Challenge asks students aged 11-14 to imagine bright energy ideas to power a future city.

Since launching in 2015, The Bright Ideas Challenge has engaged with over 670 schools across Great Britain and has supported schools with over a quarter of a million pounds in prizes. 

Shell StartUp Engine UK

We support innovative low-carbon start-ups through Shell StartUp Engine UK, a new programme replacing the long-running Shell LiveWIRE UK and Shell Springboard programmes. The initiative focuses on scale and growth-stage start-ups that are best placed to accelerate a fair and just energy transition, improve access to energy and help consumers make smarter energy choices. CEOs of these start-ups benefit from high-quality mentorship, access to potential investors and partners and being part of a vibrant community of entrepreneurs. It’s exactly these start-ups that can and will play a critical role in enabling clean and resilient growth in the future.

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