Logo: Emerald Foundation

The Emerald Foundation is the charitable arm of Emerald Group. The Foundation was set up in 2009 to cope with the enormous number of requests received from charities each year for support. Over the years these requests have grown and the Foundation now restricts its support to charities based in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The aim of the Foundation is to support charities in the areas of:

Our financial year is 1 January – 31 December, and twice a year consideration will be given to who might be the recipients of funds available. Any applications for support will, therefore, be held over until the next half yearly meeting.

The mode of communication with the Foundation will be limited strictly to the following:

  1. In writing to Sylvia Hall at the address below
  2. By e-mail to Sylvia Hall as follows: shall@emeraldinsight.com

The Emerald Foundation, Howard House, Wagon Lane, Bingley, BD16 1WA.

The main charities supported in these areas are:

The Performing Arts

Opera North – The Foundation contributed to the redevelopment and renovation of the Grand Theatre in Leeds, the home of Opera North. They also contribute to the Opera North Future Fund to provide continuing support to the development of opera, based at the Grand Theatre, in all its aspects.

The Foundation also supports charities for younger persons including the Grand Futures, centred on the Grand Theatre itself.

Northern Ballet– The Foundation has supported Northern Ballet for a number of years sponsoring the production of new ballets each year, the first one being the very successful Cleopatra.


The two main organizations supported are Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and Leeds Rugby Foundation.

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation provides cricket based education and community programmes across Yorkshire. Their work falls under five themes which are Education, Health & Wellbeing, Participation, Inclusion and History & Heritage.

They engage with schools throughout the academic year. Cricket in the Classroom engages with over 4000 children a year and, along with the Emerald Education Day (which takes place each year), more and more children are benefiting from their work.

2011 saw the opening of the Yorkshire Cricket Museum which was achieved through the support of the Emerald Foundation.

Leeds Rugby Foundation’s mantra is "Changing lives through Sport". They deliver a range of projects under the themes of Sport, Health, Education and the Arts to children and adults of many different groups, including primary and secondary schools and community rugby clubs.

Animal Welfare

The main charity the Foundation supports in this group is Whitehall Dog Rescue based at East Ardsley, Nr Wakefield.

Whitehall Dog Rescue was set up by Brian Wheelhouse in 1992 after finding out that stray and unwanted dogs collected by dog wardens, or handed in to the police, had a very short time to live if they didn’t find a home. Whitehall is dedicated in its quest to save the lives of these unwanted dogs. They aim to provide the best facilities possible for the rescue dogs and operates a strict NO KILL policy.

Through the support of the Emerald Foundation they have been able to improve their facilities and increase the number of dogs they are able to rescue.

Support for other animal charities extends to cats and horses particularly.

The Emerald Foundation photo gallery

Recent involvement with Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Northern Ballet, Opera North and Whitehall Dog Rescue.

Emerald sponsoring Yorkshire cricket
Emerald sponsoring Yorkshire cricket

Julie Charlet & John Hull as the Sugar Plum Fairy & the Prince in The Nutcracker
Hannah Bateman, Victoria Sibson and Rachael Gillespie as Brides of Dracula, Christopher Hinton-Lewis as Dracula. Photo by Merlin Hendy
Georgina May as Cathy

Peter Grimes 2006 Photographer, Bill Cooper
The Adventures of Pinocchio 2007 Photographer, Clive Barda
Don Carlos 2009 Photographer Clive Barda

Peter Grimes 2006 Photographer, Bill Cooper


The Adventures of Pinocchio 2007 Photographer, Clive Barda


Don Carlos 2009 Photographer Clive Barda