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]

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]

Community groups to get the ‘risk factor’


An expert led workshop in June could teach community groups valuable lessons on managing risk in this ever-more litigious society. The workshop, entitled ‘Understanding Insurance’ is the second such workshop led by Brian Gelling of Daulby Read Insurance brokers as part of the Business Supporting Communities (B2C) Project’s B2C Professionals initiative. Taking place at DVSC in Rhyl on June ... [More]

AVOW to mark a Silver Jubilee with a difference

The Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham is celebrating its 25th anniversary and to mark the occasion has set up a fund to help projects in the town. AVOW is raising money for the Silver Jubilee Make a Difference (MAD) Grant Fund. Backed by Business Supporting Communities (B2C), AVOW is also calling on local businesses to donate what they can. The aim is to raise £10,000 and ... [More]

Leading law firm offers free advice to Conwy community groups

A new project that helps community groups and businesses forge stronger links has enrolled leading law firm Gamlins to offer a morning of free legal advice later this month. The workshop will offer community and voluntary groups in Conwy the opportunity to grill Gamlins on topics such as trustees and their legal duties, employment law and legal structures. It has been organised by Business ... [More]