Stratford businesses join to help the local community
"Supporting Stratford" is a group formed by fifteen businesses in the Stratford-on-Avon area keen to help the community.
The launch which was opened by Nadhim Zahawi MP for Stratford-on-Avon and was a full house - attended by all the business sponsors as well as many local charities, clubs and organisations.
The idea was created by local entrepreneur Denys Shortt OBE who runs DCS Group and Enable Software - employing 350 people in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Fifteen businesses have grouped together with an aim is to help six main areas - Sports Clubs, Charities, Local Events, The Arts, Education and Nature. Each business has pledged to give £5000 per year in cash or in services.
Denys Shortt OBE commented :
"It's about energising people and creating engagement. SupportingStratford.co.uk shows who needs what - it is the first time all this information is in one place."
"Organisations realise that businesses do not have a huge pile of money to give away but it isn't always about money - often they need volunteers or just some advice."
"We can help in many ways. We think organisations first need a clear message and professional branding ....and most importantly a good strategy."
"The economy is changing and grant funding is reducing and organisations need to be fast, flexible and flowing but most importantly 'fit for purpose' "
Nadhim Zahawi MP said :
“It was a great pleasure to attend the launch of Supporting Stratford, an example of truly responsible capitalism that is a real testament to the work of Denys and his business supporters.
Supporting Stratford is a shining example of corporate responsibility and I’m delighted to see there are 15 businesses already supporting the project.
Stratford is blessed, both with booming businesses and world class charities, and it’s exciting to see them working together to help the town. I look forward to this project going from strength to strength.”
Julian Burkill, Managing Director of BDR Group said :
"We are delighted to be part of this amazing idea and will help and assist where possible and relevant to maximise the great benefits this will bring to the community."
Jackie Horton from Guide Dogs for the Blind said :
"We just wanted to thank Denys for inviting Suzanne and me – and of course Hector - to the launch yesterday. We found it inspiring and uplifting and we’ve come away with a huge list of “to do” tasks we want to address straight away. It was great to have a new perspective on what we are doing and to exchange ideas and views with other people yesterday."
Details at www.supportingstratford.co.uk