The Business of Giving - Wiltshire Community Foundation

 

The Business of Giving

Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community FoundationWiltshire Community Foundation launches new networking group for professional people who care about Wiltshire

On Thursday 6th March, at Trethowans London Road offices, Wiltshire Community Foundation launched The Business of Giving,  an educational networking group for Wiltshire’s young professionals.

30 representatives from the City’s top firms including Trethowans, Wilsons, Smith & Williamson and various other businesses attended to hear Rosemary Macdonald, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Community Foundation, introduce the course of talks and speak about The Voluntary Sector in Wiltshire and its relevance for professional advisors.

Attendees were asked to name the first charity which came into their heads. The overwhelming majority named a national charity. Rosemary Macdonald said “There are 7,800 registered charities in Wiltshire, only 109 of which receive any council funding. Only 5% of professional advisors speak to their clients about leaving gifts to charities in their will. We want people to think local when it comes to supporting causes they care about. ”

Francer Gillett, Rosemary Macdonald, Elizabeth Webbe Through this new course of evening talks (which count as CPD accredited sessions) and visits to local community projects, members will gain an understanding of the voluntary sector and how it is relevant to their clients. They will find out about local charities and meet the Wiltshire philanthropists who are supporting them.

Members will meet a wide range of contacts, learn about corporate social responsibility and take part in a Dragons Den style event where charities pitch for funding and the members decide there and then who receives the grants.  (This event is subsidised by the Community Foundation.)

The next event takes place on 14th April.  For more information or to register call Kate Robinson on 01380 729284 or email kate.robinson@wiltshirecf.org.uk

About the Foundation

Wiltshire Community Foundation supports voluntary groups and charitable organisations across Wiltshire and Swindon, raising funds locally from individuals, companies and trusts. Wiltshire Community Foundation gave out £800,000 in grants in 2013/2014 to 550 voluntary groups and individuals. All applications are assessed and monitored to ensure the grants are effective and benefit their community. Wiltshire Community Foundation has an endowment fund of £17m and also manages funds on behalf of the Big Lottery.

Community Foundations are experts in revitalising local communities through effective charitable giving. Over the last 16 years well over 12,000 private sector donors have used the services of a community foundation to make sure that their giving has been invested to make the lasting difference that they want to see. Community Foundations now manage over £200m of committed endowed giving and it is estimated that most people in the UK will live or work within 20 miles of a charitable project that a community foundation has supported.

 

Salisbury Big Business Event at Salisbury Guildhall

Chris Hemingway MBE at Salisbury Big Business Event

Well the Salisbury Big Business Event is over for another year, but what an event it was.

Our attendance began on Wednesday evening when we photographed speaker Wayne Hemingway MBE for Salisbury Life. We were unable to stay for the talk due to a prior engagement, but those who did said it was very good.

We attended three very informative talks during the day on Thursday, and Mandy stayed and photographed the Levi Roots talk Thursday evening.I attended 3 more talks on Friday, 'Have you got your branding right' by An.X Agency and 'Would you like to use social media more effectively' by Andy Poulton, and 'How to stay ahead of the trend' by Chris Simpson, Wiltshire business Support Service.

From the BBE website http://www.salisburybigbusiness.co.uk/

Levi Roots at Salisbury Big Business Event

Last week over 700 business representatives took part in the third annual Salisbury Big Business Event at The Guildhall, Salisbury.

The event ran from 7 – 9 May and was sponsored by Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire Council, Trethowans Solicitors, Federation of Small Businesses, Salisbury Business Improvement District, Blue Frontier and Salisbury Chamber of Commerce.

Offering FREE advice to businesses of all sizes including start-ups, the event provides workshops, seminars and networking on a variety of subjects.

Managing Partner of Trethowans Simon Rhodes said, “We are delighted to support this event and offer advice and guidance to businesses, we have received some fantastic feedback from the business community on the knowledge and skills they have gained by attending.”

An.x talk at Salisbury Big Business Event

Over the three days speakers from across a number of sectors have shared their knowledge and the event also welcomed fashion entrepreneur Wayne Hemingway and food entrepreneur Levi Roots.

The Mayor of the City of Salisbury, Cllr Mrs Penny Brown said, “As the Mayor I was honoured to meet so many businesses from across Wiltshire and even further afield. Salisbury City Council enjoys working in partnership with our fellow sponsors and I have been amazed at the scope of the speakers and their wisdom. One of my highlights was to meet Levi Roots and welcome him to the Guildhall, the speakers including Wayne Hemingway and Andy Reid were inspirational.”

Fleur de Rhe Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for economic development said: “It is important we continue to support events which create opportunities to boost the local economy.

Andy Poulton at Salisbury Big Business Event

During these three days businesses with diverse backgrounds shared their knowledge and ideas which I know will have positive impact on future business growth and partnerships in our county.”

If you had a chance to visit the event I hope you had a great time and took away some useful FREE information: I know we did!

If you didn't get to visit the event this time I would respectfully suggest you get ready to put the dates of the 2015 event in your diary as soon as they become available. We will certainly be adding the dates to our diary, I mean where can you get FREE advice with no strings, apart from John Rose Photography of course.

If you would like to see more images captured by us during our visit you can do so in the Salisbury Life gallery on our website.