Business and Community Engagement
Engaging your business with the local community offers many benefits for your staff, clients and community. Enhancing your business’s local involvement and therefore exposure, will benefit your local staff recruitment, foster local networking and collaboration (including other businesses/suppliers/clients) and improve reputation and brand awareness. Internally, your business can develop important staff skills such as teamwork, problem solving and communication and thereby improve staff morale, trust and respect and company pride.
The types of community engagement available to businesses are varied: sponsoring student training, engaging with supported employment opportunities for disadvantaged candidates, joint activity with non-profit organisations, staff volunteering, as well as donations of resources.
Some of the programmes and organisations that offer mutual benefits to local businesses and communities are listed below.