A key area that became evident to us through our one-to-one conulstations was community engagement, as our levy-payers told us that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) such as employee volunteering, was steadily becoming more important to them. Click here to view the latest volunteering opportunities. Engaging with local charities and social enterprise organisations is a positive way to make an impact in the local area whilst also benefiting the company. The BID can play a significant role by:

• Supporting local businesses and charities

• Connecting businesses and local organisations/charities

• Promoting a network for both businesses and charities to engage

• Providing a vehicle for businesses to support local enterprise programmes

• Encouraging local recruitment

• Providing business advice and product promotion opportunities to local entrepreneurs and start ups


• Engaging with businesses to establish key CSR criteria

• Sourcing suitable local social enterprise organisations and charities and establish a wide selection of easy to access programmes

• Providing local recruitment service by actively seeking out vacancies including work experience placements and apprenticeships

• Investigating the development of a social enterprise to recruit long term unemployment


• Providing a programme for businesses to identify volunteering opportunities

• Supplying pre and post project publicity for companies and their charitable work

• Assisting in promoting business fundraising

• Providing a programme on business advice and product promotion


The BID will monitor its Friendly Town targets through:

• Annual programme delivarance targets

• Newsletter updates

• Post-event feedback



Donate a day to charity by volunteering for a local organisation.

Volunteering can take a number of different forms so whether you want to plant a garden, mentor youngsters or befriend the elderly, there is an option available to you.

Most businesses encourage their employees to spend one day a year volunteering as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility agendas, so find out what opportunities are available in the local area.

Click below to view the BID's other project areas

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