Life at Sky
Over the past two decades, we have provided sports fans with access to an unprecedented depth and breadth of sports coverage. Through our partnership with British Cycling we want to inspire everyone to join in by taking elite cycling to new heights and investing at the grassroots to promote cycling for all.
Cycling opportunities are open to all Sky employees from the Choosebikes scheme where employees pay for their bike through monthly salary deductions, through to taking part in the Etape as part of Team Sky.
Check out our staff Cycle Hub where people can get more info about loan bikes, the ChooseBike scheme etc.
“Britain introduced cycling to the world but we’ve fallen behind other nations in participation levels. And, as we face the pressing issues of health and obesity, we wanted to work with Sky to reverse that trend. If our success becomes a stimulus to more people cycling everywhere, then we will have really caught the nation’s imagination.”
Ian Drake, Chief Executive, British Cycling.
“Together, we aim to get one million more people cycling regularly across the UK.”
Jeremy Darroch, Chief Executive.
We’re an entertainment business and we’re tuned into what our people want. That’s why we make sure that fun is a part of everything we do.
Here’s just one example. This summer, our Osterley campus was overflowing with new events every Friday: live music, table tennis, bungee runs, free ice cream, surf simulators, crazy golf, pedal powered Grand Prix’s, whilst our Scotland office turned into a pirate ship with a skittle alley, dunk tanks and melon eating competitions... all designed to excite and delight the people who make Sky great.
The Bigger Picture is part of our approach to ensuring we’re a responsible company. Customers, people, employees and the communities in which we live and work expect us to do the right thing and work to tackle the issues they care about. That means making a positive contribution to our local communities and society.
We focus on three areas where we can make a difference: helping to create a healthy environment; opening up the arts; and increasing participation in sport. Here are just a few of the many ways we’re seeing the bigger picture:
Sky Rainforest Rescue is a three year partnership with Sky and WWF and the Acre State Government in Brazil. The aim of the project is to raise £2 million pounds to help protect the Amazon rainforest for the people who call this home as well as the species that live there. As deforestation is responsible for around one fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, this campaign represents an important step in tackling climate change.
Sky Rainforest Rescue will work with the Acre State Government to give people alternatives to cutting down trees and helping to improve markets for sustainable products like rubber and monitoring deforestation. All donations will also go towards protecting the habitats for threatened species. And what’s more, Sky has pledged to match each donation pound for pound up to £2million to help reach the overall campaign target of £4million.
Every summer, everyone who works here is invited to bring their friends or family along to Skyfest for a massive party. It’s just another way of saying thank you for all the hard work.
Skyfest 2011 took place in London and Edinburgh over two great weekends in July. There was so much going on – just check out the photos on the main Skyfest site. Highlights included: a fun fair (yes, we had a Ferris wheel), great acts in the arena from Tinie Tempah to Calvin Harris, Big Beat Percussion workshops, comedians and our own Sky choir.