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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.

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