The Queen was appointed to the throne on the 6th February 1952 and this year Her Majesty celebrated a Platinum Jubilee, marking an incredible 70 years of service. Of course, this calls for a celebration and from the 2nd to 5th of June, there will be big festivities taking place across the UK during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend.
Shire Leasing will be closed during the special bank holiday weekend. But in commemoration of the milestone, Shire has committed to planting 70 trees a day (representing every year of The Queen’s service) for the entire month of June.
In April 2022, Shire Leasing announced it had commissioned the planting of over 5,000 trees through its ‘Tree for a Lease’ initiative, where every new lease transaction results in a tree being planted to support climate action and reforestation in North-West Madagascar. This is just one of the many initiatives Shire Leasing are involved in to support the environment, with more localised work including financially supporting UK SMEs to invest in zero/no emission vehicles through their Driving Clean Air programme, which provides financial assistance to businesses impacted by Clean Air Zones.
Commenting on the celebrations, Mark Picken, CEO of Shire Leasing said, “As people throughout the United Kingdom come together to celebrate Her Majesty’s tremendous milestone, we also wish the greatest successes to all of our customers on their own journeys. As a British company, Shire Leasing are proudly committed to serving the diverse businesses of this great nation and we stand by UK SMEs on their unique journeys towards achieving their own milestones.”
Shire has grown its focus on the importance of sustainability and climate action over the past few years and their efforts and pioneering initiatives were recognised by the industry’s 2022 Leasing World Customer Service Excellence Awards, where they picked up an award for ‘Supporting Customer ESG Goals’.
To follow the progress of Shire Leasing’s tree planting, visit our corporate social responsibility page.