Wates Family Enterprise Trust

The charitable trust set up by the Wates family, the owners of the Wates Group


Sports sponsorships since launch


Employee awards since launch


Community awards since launch


Raised for charities by Wates employees since launch

When we founded the Wates Family Enterprise Trust, a priority for us was to provide a way to back the personal causes that Wates people support so passionately with their own time and resources “
Andrew Wates, Director

Andy Wates

WFET Chair

Launched in 2008, the Trust is integral to the Wates family’s approach of being responsible business owners and its vison of being a force for good.

Alongside its strategic grant making, the Trust runs an award programme to empower Wates employees to make a real difference to their local communities and helps them to support those organisations close to their hearts.

Open solely to Wates employees, the programme includes:

Since the Trust was set up in 2008, Wates employees have raised over £1.74m for charities boosted by funding from WFET. This has resulted in support to over 2,000 organisations.

With the pandemic impacting the ability for Wates employees to support the causes they care about through normal fundraising and volunteering routes, WFET introduced specific schemes to help. This included a campaign for employees to nominate small, local charities for a £500 award.

Building communities and improving lives beyond tomorrow.

Alongside its award programme for Wates employees, the Wates Family Enterprise Trust has three themes that structure its grant making.

Through these themes the Trust funds new ideas, ground breaking research and charitable projects that make a difference to people’s lives and support its goal of building communities and improving lives beyond tomorrow.

Please visit the Trust’s website to discover more about its work.