Retail finance and loyalty specialist Ikano has won an award for its commitment to its local community and its people at the Nottingham Post Business Awards 2013.

The company, which ranked 65th in the 2013 Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For listing earlier in the year, beat hundreds of other Nottinghamshire businesses to collect the award for Contribution to the Community.

Ikano won the award for the positive impact it has had in the city of Nottingham, where it employs over 250 people at its head office - and for its work as a very fair employer. The business saved the famous Nottingham Robin Hood Marathon last year with its ongoing sponsorship and is working with a local academy to provide financial education to school children, as well as contributing significantly to charity and community projects in the local area.

Sarah Murphy, Ikano communications director who leads the business' CSR programme, said of the award:

"We really value meaures of success in our local community and continually look to be a better business to work for, and this is why it matters to us that we have won this award.
"The values by which we run the business include 'on fair terms' and 'working together', and these are as relevant to the local community and our team as they are to our clients."

Ikano is also awaiting the result of four shortlistings in the 2013 Loyalty Awards, with the results being announced in June.