‘Halton Foundation’ – New Business and Charity Partnership Launched

Launch - Team Photo‘Halton Foundation’, a new partnership between local businesses and the voluntary sector, was launched at Runcorn’s Heath Business Park today. (Wednesday 24 February)

Representatives from more than 60 local businesses gathered to hear about ways they could develop better links to local charities and give back to the communities in which they operate.

Hosted by Halton Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the event featured inspirational talks from Chris Bliss, Liverpool One estate director and chair of the North West Philanthropy Fellowship and local entrepreneur Richard Bamber, who owns Runcorn family coach company, Anthony’s Travel.

Halton firms heard how in-kind support, such as free professional advice, transport, equipment or website design, could be just as important as giving grants and fund-raising.

The partnership will be led by Halton Chamber, Halton Borough Council and Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action (VCA), assisted by Cheshire Connect, Business in the Community (BITC) and Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside (CFLM).

Launch - Paula Cain

Chamber chief executive Paula Cain said: “Many large companies have well-established corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies but we want to tell smaller companies – you can make a huge difference to your local communities too.

“Very often it’s not about money but about providing a wide range of support. Employees could be encouraged to adopt a local charity or a company may be able to provide a particular service or expertise.

“No business exists in a vacuum and it actually makes good business sense, as well-as delivering a feel-good factor, to give something back to the local community in which you operate.”

Halton Council chief executive David Parr was also one of the keynote speakers. He said: “These are challenging times for all of us; times when we need to work together more than ever for the wellbeing and prosperity of the borough and people of Halton.

Launch - Panel Debate“The Halton Foundation will link individuals, businesses and organisations within Halton, enabling individuals, families, companies, entrepreneurs, and charitable trusts to support Halton’s communities and grow prosperity. This could take many forms, including funding, volunteering, donating goods and services, sharing expertise and providing in-kind support. It is a true partnership of the willing.”

Dozens of local charities and voluntary organisations have a wide range of needs and wants and could potentially benefit from being put in touch with an appropriate local business.

Sally Yeoman, from Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action (VCA), added: “For us to ensure that local voluntary action continues to exist and support people in Halton, we need to think of new and creative ways of resourcing it. Our Halton partnership provides us with an exciting new way to do just that.”

Any business who believes they have something to offer, in whatever capacity, is invited to get in touch with Halton Chamber chief executive Paula Cain, email: paula.cain@haltonchamber.co.uk to arrange an informal discussion.

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New Business and Charity Partnership ‘Halton Foundation’ Launched

Heath‘It’s good business to support local charities and communities’ – this will be the message to Halton firms at the launch of a new partnership, the Halton Foundation, on Wednesday 24 February at Runcorn’s Heath Business Park.

All firms, small and large, who are interested in developing links with local charities and community organisations, are invited to attend the launch event, hosted by Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise.

The aim of the new Foundation will be to forge better links between local voluntary groups, who need help, with local businesses who may be able to provide it. This is not just about fund raising and grants but in-kind support too, such as free professional advice, transport, equipment or website design.

The partnership will be led by Halton Chamber, Halton Borough Council and Halton & St Helen’s Voluntary and Community Action (VCA), assisted by Cheshire Connect, Business in the Community (BITC) and Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside (CFLM).

Chamber chief executive Paula Cain said: “Many large companies have well-established corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies but we want to tell smaller companies – you can make a huge difference to your local communities too.

“Very often it’s not about money but about providing a wide range of support. Employees could be encouraged to adopt a local charity or a company may be able to provide a particular service or expertise.

“No business exists in a vacuum and it actually makes good business sense, as well-as delivering a feel-good factor, to give something back to the local community in which you operate.”

Keynote speakers at the event will be Halton Council chief executive David Parr, Chris Bliss, Liverpool One estate director and chair of the North West Philanthropy Fellowship and Richard Bamber, who owns Runcorn family coach company, Anthony’s Travel.

Anthony's Travel Richard and Dawn Bamber

Richard & Dawn Bamber – Anthony’s Travel

Richard Bamber has twice won the Cheshire High Sheriff’s Enterprise Award for CSR and also the Trinity Mirror CSR Business Award in recognition of the enormous contribution Anthony’s Travel has made to the local community.

Anthony's Travel Mark Gorry Foundation annual Snowdon climbFounded by his mother and father thirty years ago, the firm has always had a strong community ethos and supported such charities as Halton Haven Hospice, Widnes Special Olympic gymnast Omar Haddad, Victoria Music and the Mark Gorry Foundation. This has sometimes been in the form of grants but often in-kind with the provision of free transport. He and his wife Dawn and their three children have all got behind the charities’ fund-raising activities, even completing the annual sponsored walk up Mount Snowdon for the Mark Gorry Foundation.

He said: “Our motto is – Think globally act locally. The big blue chip companies may win on finance but nobody can beat us on passion. We care about the area we trade in.

“It’s not just about money but about sharing resources, contacts, local knowledge. We enjoy a personal relationship with each of the causes we support and we like to see where our money is being spent.

“Anthony’s Travel is at the heart of Halton, not just a faceless organisation so that has been good for business too.”

Halton Foundation will be launched at a special two hour event in the lecture theatre at the Health Business Park on Wednesday 24 February, starting at 8.30am. To book a free place, please contact Nicola Holland, email: events@haltonchamber.co.uk.

For more information, please contact Lynn Pegler, Pegler Communications
On behalf of Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise
Tel: 01928 789042. Mob: 07783 686246. lynn@peglercommunications.co.uk

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