WILLOW Wood’s thriving business club, Business Connexions, right, currently has around 30 members from a host of different sectors.
Members enjoy a monthly meeting where, while enjoying a breakfast sandwich, they can network.
As Yvonne Cookson, joint MD of Your Tax Shop, said: “Business Connexions has been great as it has allowed us to meet other like-minded business owners who we may not have met without this network opportunity.”
Elaine McConnell, Willow Wood’s corporate fundraiser, said: “We’ve already had some successful relationships formed through our meetings, and are looking to develop this further. We have a good mix of large and small companies and every member who attends is given a 10-minute slot – a great way to market your business.”
There are many other benefits, as Willow Wood is one of the best known and loved local charities. There are obvious advantages in partnering with such a charity. Most companies have Corporate Social Responsibility policies and Willow wood can help them meet these easily and ethically.
The hospice has had many teams spending a day or two working in its gardens, distribution centre or even painting the offices – it’s a real morale boost for those involved as they know they are providing tangible, practical help, and building team spirit at the same time.
Companies can also get involved with fundraising and sponsorship where company logos are seen by thousands of people.
Also, every penny of the Business Connexions joining fee of just £30 each month comes directly to Willow Wood, and is a real, sustainable way of helping it continue. This financial year it will take £2.5 million to maintain services to those with a life-limiting illness and their families and loved ones and we need to raise 77 per cent of this from within our community.
To become part of our networking group and to help local people please contact Elaine on 0161 330 7788 or elaine.mcconnell@ willowwood.info.