For 21 years Birketts organised Race4Business - an annual 3.5 mile charity race around Chelmsford – and raised over £600,000 for a range of local charities. The final Birketts’ Race4Business took place on Wednesday 12 June 2019 in aid of Little Havens Hospice.

Rafael Ruiz, Head of Birketts' Corporate and Commercial team in Chelmsford, said: “Having established the race 21 years ago, and organised it every year since then, we feel that the race has ‘come of age’ and that it is time for us to share our time and resources across a number of local good causes, with less focus on one major event and charity each year. We will expand our CSR and charity initiatives to support a variety of projects, and will of course continue to support the Essex Community Foundation. 

“When the Race4Business was first dreamt-up in 1998 we had no idea what a success it would be and to have raised almost £600,000 for good causes due to the support of the local business community is staggering. The race has become an annual fixture in the diary for many Essex businesses, as a great opportunity to meet up and have fun with colleagues and other businesses, whilst raising money for charitable causes at the same time. That’s why we are delighted to announce that after partnering with us for this year’s race, Havens Hospices will take on the Race4Business as their own fund raising event in 2020 and beyond.”