Helping businesses make a difference in their local communities
The Sector Connector project supports businesses to develop their Corporate Social Responsibility and get more involved with the community in North Tyneside by linking them with local groups and organisations that need help.
Whether it’s the donation of time, sharing skills, delivering workshops or employee volunteering, Sector Connector can help businesses to make a positive impact on the people and environment around them, whilst enjoying the benefits of giving something back. If you are a voluntary sector group looking for support, expertise or practical help from local businesses, view the Current Offers available through the project or contact us if you have a specific request.
Areas that businesses have offered their support in include:
- Finance and accounts
- Health, safety and risk management
- Design and branding
- Human resource
- Web design, development and hosting
- Marketing and PR, including rebranding
- Business planning
- Insurance and legal issues
- Property renovation, management and maintenance
- Meeting rooms on loan
- Surplus furniture and equipment
As a way of recognising those businesses that have supported the community through the project, Sector Connector coordinates Community Friendly Business Awards. These are given on three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze based on the amount of time or support offered. Qualifying businesses receive a certificate, official branding and lots of positive publicity! View all of the ‘businesses on board’ the Sector Connector project here.
Chartered surveyor Ian Gardner of Bowes Gardner Associates gives pro bono support to local groups with properties such as community centres or youth clubs, which need maintenance or renovation. “Through Sector Connector the links are directly to individuals involved with organisations that act for and to the benefit of the community, which is much more fulfilling provision of professional advice, from my point of view. The point is that I don’t need to get anything out of it; it is a case of giving something back. All of that professional work is fulfilling. There is a “feel good” factor and that I cannot deny!”$0.00 donated
Rob’s involvement in Sector Connector has changed the way his company does business. “We found that allowing our staff to spend some time helping groups understand what makes an effective publication pays enormous dividends in terms of those groups then being able to give us a clearer brief and achieve their own goals. It also benefits the professional development of our team and enables Your Print Department to play a real part in making the community stronger”$0.00 donated
“I only have one certificate on my office wall and that is the Sector Connector Community Friendly Business Certificate; I am extremely proud to have been able to make a difference in my local community. One of the groups I have helped was Linskill Healthy Walks and I worked with them to develop a business plan which helped them to secure grant funding to increase their offer. I actually live very close to where they meet and when I see them on a Thursday setting out on their walk I know I have helped them do that.”$0.00 donated