PwC to Ride the Nation again in 2017
More than 60 cyclists will be taking to the roads this summer from PwC’s Birmingham office, as the leading professional services firm brings together all its staff from across the UK to Ride the Nation.
Ride the Nation is PwC UK’s charity cycle challenge. The inaugural event, in May 2015, saw a relay of over 700 staff riders from from across the UK cycling to all 30 offices in the PwC UK network, including the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.
Ride the Nation 2015 was the single largest event the UK firm has embarked upon, raising over £150,000 for The PwC Foundation as well as local charities supported by each office.
The event was conceived and continues to be organised and run solely by PwC staff to demonstrate the firm’s ethos of doing the right thing in local communities and showing what can be achieved PwC’s people work together as One Firm.
This year’s event will take place between 1 and 30 June, starting and finishing in London but again visiting all 30 PwC offices. Ride the Nation 2017 will have 26 different stages linking staff across the network from Birmingham to Manchester and including the Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.
The event is a three layer challenge where mass participation on a local level will join riders relaying from office to office alongside a five-strong national team, who will cycle the entire 2,000-mile route.
The West Midlands stage will take place on 12 June where 66 riders will travel from Birmingham to Manchester – a distance of around 150km. The stage is expected to take just under eight hours where riders are expected to reach an overall climb of 1659 metres.
The route goes out via Litchfield and Uttoxeter, taking in a gruelling climb through the Peak District National Park, reaching the highest point of 417 metres at Shining Tor, before arriving in Manchester. Full details of the stage can be viewed here via an interactive map: Ride the Nation Birmingham to Manchester.
Also this year PwC is delighted to announce that the event will be supported by a number of high profile sponsors including Halfords, Marriott International & Grosvenor House – a J W Marriott hotel, BMW, Hertz, Outstanding Branding and the Principal Hotel Company.
Matthew Hammond, PwC UK Midland region chairman, who will be taking part in the Birmingham to Manchester leg, said:
“I am delighted that Ride the Nation will be hitting the road again in 2017. This is an epic challenge in which all our people can raise money for charity and physically connect with colleagues across our UK network.
“This is so much more than people riding their bikes, it’s about well-being, it’s about community, it’s about an opportunity, to show what we can achieve when we all come together as ‘One Firm’.
“As always we have a significant number of people taking part in the challenge leaving from our Cornwall Court office in the heart of Birmingham. Whether it’s getting in the saddle to cycle, fundraising or simply cheering colleagues on, it gives us all the opportunity to raise much needed funds and awareness for Midlands charities and our PwC Foundation.
“Supporting our local community is incredibly important to PwC in the Midlands and I am always proud of the enthusiasm and commitment our people show to a number of local causes.”
Stephanie Hyde, PwC UK Executive Board Member and Global Entrepreneurial & Private Business Leader, concluded:
“Ride the Nation has rapidly grown to be the largest fundraising event the UK firm has ever put on, raising over £150,000 for the charities supported by the 2015 event is outstanding and testament to the passion, determination and hard work of our people.
“As Head of Regions and the Ride the Nation Board sponsor, I am incredibly proud of what our teams across the depth and breadth of the PwC UK network achieved in 2015, it not only demonstrated the power of our firm but that we can make a real difference to the communities we work and live in.
“I am really looking forward to seeing that true ‘One Firm’ spirit again across all our 30 offices for Ride the Nation 2017.”