On Thursday 27th February 2014, Berkshire Community Foundation’s Business Philanthropy Club (BPC) hosted its first executive dinner at the Coppid Beech Hotel, Bracknell, gathering business leaders from a variety of sectors throughout Berkshire. The event was sponsored by Content Guru, one of four BPC Founder Members alongside Blandy & Blandy, Panasonic and Rapport Marketing.
Keynote speaker Dr. Phillip Lee, Member of Parliament for Bracknell, drew on his many years of experience of communities in Berkshire and working as a GP in a number of its towns, to discuss the need for a cohesive society which bridges the gap between extreme wealth and those not only in poverty but also in the squeezed middle classes. Dr. Lee concluded that charitable organisations have a key role in making this social cohesion a reality.
During the course of the evening, Dr. Lee presented membership certificates to the Club’s latest sign-ups, Philip Grannum, Managing Director at Griffin Internet, and Alistair Britton, Managing Director at Clayton Ventures.
The Business Philanthropy Club was founded in 2013 to enable local organisations to make effective, targeted donations to causes that most require their assistance. As a key initiative of Berkshire Community Foundation, it provides members with access to an expert grants panel, consisting of advisors who use decades of experience working with charities and voluntary groups to determine the best way to distribute donations.
Sean Taylor, Managing Director at Content Guru, commented:
“Today people’s trust in business is generally quite low, so it was pleasing to be part of a gathering of organisations that care about the communities in which they are based. At an ethical level everyone present was keen to help charities across Berkshire. It was a bonus to have an interesting and fun time as part of that process. I’m looking forward to seeing the BPC go from strength to strength over the years and am pleased to have helped get the club off the ground.”
BCF’s Business Philanthropy Manager, Bobbi Johal, commented:
“The aim of these evening events is to introduce new and potential Business Philanthropy Club members to each other, and we ultimately intend to create synergy between like-minded businesses and hence make a positive impact on the long-term wellbeing of the county.
“The BPC is open to SMEs through to large enterprises, and our group already comprises representatives of this spectrum. We’ve created an opportunity for organisations and individuals to become part of something special and to make a real, measurable impact on the future of Berkshire, and I look forward to seeing how we continue to grow in 2014!”
If you would like more information on the Business Philanthropy Club, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.