Businesses to turn £100 into thousands in new team-building challenge
Forget paintballing or building a bridge out of newspaper - how could your business turn £100 into thousands in a new team-building charity challenge?
This is the challenge being set to local businesses by Treetops Hospice Care in their new Accumulator Challenge launched this month. Those taking part will be given the seed money and asked to be as creative and business-savvy as possible with their ideas.
The Accumulator Challenge is the brainchild of Kathryn Box, corporate fundraiser at Treetops which provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life-limiting conditions.
“This is a completely new challenge which will appeal to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors – it can be completely tailored to suit everyone.
“It’s simple really – we’ll give you £100 starter money and you turn it into as much money as possible in the most creative and unusual ways possible.
“It’s a great way for staff to have fun, do some team-building, generate some – friendly! – team rivalry and use existing business skills in a completely different way. It’s also a great way to promote a business and their corporate social responsibility to the public and their customers – even get them involved if they like!
“As long as it’s legal and ethical, any way that businesses can raise the money during October is welcome! “It would be fantastic to raise £10,000 through the challenge so we’d love to hear from businesses large and small who would like to get involved.”
Treetops services include Support and Information, a Day Care unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy.
Erewash Partnership Ltd are looking forward to taking part in the judging of the following categoaries, most innovative idea, most money raised, most creative marketing idea etc. which will take place in November 2017.
Treetops Hospice Care, Derby Road, Risley, Derbyshire, DE72 3SS
Tel: 0115 949 1264
Registered Charity Number 519540
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Agency starts programme to help potential entrepreneurs take first steps in business
A new free programme to help would-be entrepreneurs in Derbyshire set up their own business is being run by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership in Erewash and Amber Valley.
The starter workshops and mentoring support is being delivered on behalf of East Midlands Chamber as part of a county-wide initiative that is funded by Derbyshire County and Derby City Councils and Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership.
Residents have to enrol and register through the Partnership. They are given a package of tailored support and arrangements will be made for them to attend up to four workshops. The workshop experience will be followed by advice from a mentor.
Experienced professionals will lead the workshops, which will take place at locations in Erewash and Amber Valley.
The workshops, running from Tuesday (June 13) and continuing into July include subjects such as understanding your market and how to reach it, business planning, bookkeeping, and starting with social media.
Another series will be held in October and November at Ripley Town Hall, again for residents from the two areas.
The Partnership has an excellent record of helping people start businesses, nurturing them while they develop and continuing to give advice and help once established.
Now in its 23rd year of supporting enterprise, the Partnership has signed a new three-year service level agreement with Erewash Borough Council to help regenerate the area's economy.
In the last three years, it helped 275 businesses set up in Erewash and Amber Valley. To do that it delivered over 1,600 advisory sessions. It also helped more than 500 established businesses.
Regeneration projects managed by the Partnership have brought more than 32,000 sq ft of disused commercial space back into use, including its own prominent headquarters in Long Eaton town centre. Through the Golden Hello programme of grants 19 shops in Ilkeston and Long Eaton have been given a new lease of life.
In the last three years the Partnership has delivered 68 networking events and seminars and 14 town centre events, including the highly popular heritage and classic vehicle show in Ilkeston, a free event which this year will take place on August 13.
Chief executive Ian Viles said: “I am delighted at what we have achieved, often beating our targets. The Partnership is more than just a networking organisation of 450 members. We have had a positive impact on the local economy, through supporting start-ups, advising established businesses and bringing commercial properties back into use.
“I have no doubt that the new programme will lead to another crop of successful businesses.”
For more information contact Ian Viles on 01159 468839