Business and charity make connections

Community engagement event organised by the Rotary Club of Buckingham
Community engagement event organised by the Rotary Club of Buckingham

Have you ever thought of how getting involved with charitable activity can help your business’s bottom line?

Or how working with business can help charities to improve their funding and become more sustainable?

Last Thursday, more than 70 representatives of businesses and charities gathered in the Villiers ballroom to find out just how that might work, at an event organised by the Rotary Club of Buckingham.

Speaking up on behalf of business, Caitrina Harrison, managing director of Vetoquinol, a French multi-national animal health products company, based in Buckingham, told of the positive impact of encouraging staff to give time to support a charity.

Vetoquinol has supported sporting events, organised a car wash and Caitrina herself has run the Paris Marathon.

Nick Phillips, CEO of the charity infrastructure group, Community Impact Bucks, spoke about how we can make a difference to disadvantaged people in our community, not in a patronising way but by working with people on how they want to be helped.

John Cove, of MK Dons Sports and Education Trust, described how the trust is giving back to the community, through football and innovative health education projects.

And Sue Farrington Smith, of Brain Tumour Research, explained how adopting an entrepreneurial and businesslike approach to an immensely emotive subject can really pay off.

The evening saw much networking, new connections being made and a real buzz as business and charities came together – not with the begging bowl but with the flip chart and the business plan.

For more information, contact Rotary secretary Jane Mordue at jane@mordue.org.uk