Awards celebrate business and community partnerships

Leading supermarket CEO Malcolm Walker has praised a pioneering project that has helped to create lasting business and community partnerships across North Wales.   Speaking at the Business Supporting Communities (B2C) Awards on Thursday evening (January 29) the Iceland Foods founder and CEO said: “I am delighted to support these awards because Iceland has always been a passionate ... [More]

Dumping office furniture costs businesses £9m a year

North Wales businesses are being urged to save money and reduce their carbon footprint by donating their unwanted office furniture in National Recycling Week (June 16-20). It’s estimated that approximately 1.2 million office desks and 1.8 million chairs end up in landfill each year in the UK. With up to 50 per cent of the furniture still in good condition it’s not only bad for the environment, ... [More]

Community heroes recognised

The work of community heroes from across North East Wales has been recognised at the High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards. Individual volunteers, community groups, public sector bodies and businesses that have shown outstanding dedication to their communities, were honoured at the prestigious event at Wrexham’s Catrin Finch Centre. High Sheriff of Clwyd Celia Jenkins said: “I have been incredibly ... [More]

The gift of experience

A former head of retail operations at Marks and Spencer’s has been sharing her wealth of knowledge with some ‘gifted’ social entrepreneurs, thanks to a Business Supporting Communities’ mentoring initiative. Judith Barnsdale who has retired from her role with the retailer, has been working with Rhyl-based Community Interest Company Gifted. The aptly named shop, based in the High Street, was set ... [More]

Masterclass for North Wales voluntary groups

A leading North Wales company is sharing its insights with community groups keen to get business backing. With grants and many income streams drying up, Business Supporting Communities (B2C), a project funded by the Big Lottery and delivered by North Wales County Voluntary Councils, is holding the masterclass later this month. Gaerwen based Peninsula Home Improvements is taking part in the ... [More]

Pioneering project helps 400 businesses connect with their communities

In 2011 a pioneering project to bring community groups and businesses together launched in North Wales. A partnership between North Wales’ county voluntary councils, the Business Supporting Communities (B2C) project was awarded £810,000 by the Big Lottery to create and maintain sustainable links between third sector groups and local businesses. In the just two years B2C has helped more than ... [More]

A new ark for Denbighshire


A DENBIGHSHIRE project helping those affected by this year’s floods has its very own logo thanks to a local designer. The Denbighshire Ark project is a collaborative programme offering specialist, guidance and support to those affected by the devastating floods in November 2012 affected more than 500 homes at St Asaph, Ruthin and Rhuddlan. JoAnne Williamson from Denbighshire Voluntary ... [More]

Five tips for newsletter marketing


Get your newsletter right and you will have an effective customer retention and referral tool all rolled into one. 1) Newsletters can help you keep customers: It’s estimated that 68% of customers leave because they think you don’t care. Whether you are in a B2B or B2C market, sharing information in your newsletter helps to build trust and establish rapport. It also helps to keep your company in ... [More]

North Wales food producers cut waste and benefit community

Businesses in the food and produce sector in North Wales are being called upon to help reduce landfill and support those in need through an innovative community food network. FareShare North Wales, based in Llandudno Junction, works with food manufacturers, local suppliers and supermarkets taking surplus food and using it to help support 44 community groups across North Wales. In 2012 ... [More]

Businesses needed to help police with fundraising heist

Businesses are being asked to play cops and robbers in a police chase with a difference. Organised by Mold Police Station Sergeant Andy Massey, plans for a 7k run from the top of Moel Famau to Mold Police station are in full swing. The run, in aid of Mold Community Hospital League of Friends will raise funds for a new X-Ray machine. With Cytec and Hill & Roberts Chartered Accountants ... [More]