‘Full house’ at first meet a charity business event in Cheltenham

Local Business Awards meet a charity event held at Randall and Payne which was jointly held with Circle 2 Success and featured the Pied Piper Appeal

More than 60 businesses and charities got together to find out more about each other’s work at an inaugural networking event in Cheltenham.

The Local Business Charity Awards, sponsored by insurance advisory firm Jelf, worked with regional business networking organisation Circle2Success to put on the Meet a Local Charity morning.

It gave organisations the opportunity to learn more about each other and discuss ways of working together in 2019.

Winners of the Jelf Award at the 2018 Local Business Charity Awards, Randall & Payne, hosted the event at their Shurdington Road offices.

Managing partner Tim Watkins delivered a talk on charity engagement and the benefits to a company as a whole, based on the firm’s experiences. He detailed the company’s previous dress up and down days, sponsored walks, quiz and race nights. He explained that supporting a charity allowed people from different departments to get to know each other in a more relaxed environment, without the restrictions of position or seniority.

David Scutt, branch director of Jelf, sponsors of the Local Business Charity Awards across the UK, urged companies to choose a charity to support based on a passion and a desire to help, not out of a feeling of duty or expectation.

Julie Kent, vice chair of The Pied Piper Appeal who spoke on behalf of the charities sector, explained that time and the sharing of core skills could be equally as important to a charity as financial donations.

Director of Circle2Success, Suzanne Hall-Gibbins, who has supported the Local Business Charity Awards since their inception explained that they spotlighted charities through their monthly events and that individual members had raised huge amounts for local organisations.

The C2S team also have taken part in fire-walking, abseiling and The Big Sleep Out, to raise money for local charities in the past 12 months.

“We are clear that giving something back by supporting charities to make a difference is an important part of any business plan as it has huge benefits for employee wellbeing and engagement and just making society a better place for us to live in,” she said.

“We are delighted to be asked to be part of this launch to bring the business community and charities together.  It was a fantastic start and we look forward to the next one.”

Louise Bruce, founder of Support A Local Charity and the Local Business Charity Awards said the event ‘couldn’t have gone better.’

“We had a full house of businesses and charities wanting to listen, to question and to learn. The feedback has been tremendous; every person I spoke to wanted to know when the next event would be and most were rushing back to the office to list themselves on ‘Support A Local Charity’ too,” she said.

“I truly see this as the way forward for introducing businesses to charities and would like to thank Jelf, Circle2Success, Randall & Payne and The Pied Piper Appeal for their help in putting on this magnificent event.”

Charities in need of support and companies willing to offer help, are invited to list themselves free of charge on the online-dating inspired, ‘Support A Local Charity’ site.