John Willy Johnson founded the Group with an ethos to employ as many local people as possible. On his retirement in 1972 he gifted his shareholding to set up the Riverside Trust and Florence Trust with the primary aim of supporting local charitable institutions within the Rossendale area.
The Governance system he created still underpins our charitable objectives to this day, albeit on a larger scale as the Group has expanded beyond the Rossendale Valley.
The Trusts involves current and former employees from across the group and also contains external members to help decide how best to spend this money and, as a result, receives regular requests through employees as well as directly from charitable organisations and local community groups.
Registered number 01048511 and 01095504 | Charity Number 264015 and 265754