As a thriving business in Hertfordshire for many years, our involvement in the community is deeply embedded in our DNA; as both an organisation and as individuals, we always go the extra mile out of instinct rather than corporate policy.

We coordinate and focus our efforts to make sure we have as big an impact as possible by

  • focussing on local charities where we can really make a difference
  • helping the vulnerable, the old and the young of Hertfordshire
  • supporting local culture
  • highlighting the many small acts of our people to inspire others at Debenhams Ottaway to follow.
  • Youth Talk

    Youth Talk is our chosen charity for 2018/19. The charity offers a safe place where young people can come for counselling and support. The service is available to 13–25 year olds who live, work or attend school/college in the District of St Albans (Harpenden, London Colney, Redbourn, St Albans, Sandridge and Wheathampstead). They work on a self-referral only basis, so promoting personal responsibility.

  • Sponsoring young cyclist Lorna Bowler

    We are sponsoring Lorna Bowler, a young cyclist, through the SportsAid programme. Juggling school with training and competing, our sponsorship is helping Lorna on her journey to become a professional cyclist. Her recent racing success includes the Youth Tour of Scotland where she came 4th out of 54, and the Hetton National, where she took 6th place out of 68 riders.

  • St Albans City of Expertise

    Debenhams Ottaway, along with other local professional services firms is working with St Albans City and District Council and Chamber of Commerce to raise the profile of St Albans as a ‘City of Expertise’. The City of Expertise group aims to promote St Albans as the first choice for anyone looking for expert financial, legal or commercial advice on the local, regional and national stage.

  • Dragons' Apprentice Challenge

    We have been involved with the Dragons’ Apprentice since it first started five years ago. The challenge involves a local business person (Dragon) mentoring a team of local students to make money through developing their entrepreneurial skills. As well as one of our lawyers taking on the role of Dragon, we have also provided pro bono advice on rolling the scheme out across Hertfordshire and the UK.

  • Dementia Friends

    Debenhams Ottaway's private client team are Dementia Friends. The team took part in a workshop in 2017 with Allison Purkiss, who is a Dementia Champion. The initiative was set up by the Alzheimer's Society, aimed at changing people's perception of dementia. The purpose of being a "friend" is to inspire others to learn a little more about dementia and the small steps that individuals can take to help those living with it in their community. To find out more about Dementia Friends, you can visit their website by clicking on 'read more' below.