Dragons’ Den-style event to become regular gig

A Dragons’ den-style event aimed at helping Telford charities has been hailed such a success it will now become a regular fixture in the diary, charity bosses said today.

Telford Pulling Together, which brings together businesses and charities, held the event for the first time at its business breakfast yesterday (Thursday, Feb 6th) at the Whitehouse in Wellington.

The aim of the event was to get more local businesses involved with charities in the Telford area by getting business delegates to step forward and act as dragons offering their expertise, advice and knowledge to charities on how they can run their organisation more efficiently and generate more income.

Lois Breen, Project Manager at Telford and Wrekin Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) which developed the Pulling Together initiative, said the event proved an overwhelming success.

“There was a fantastic turnout from businesses and charities and a real buzz and enthusiasm from everyone involved.

“The dragons imparted some valuable advice and knowledge to charities which will go a long way to improving the running of their organisations.

“We feel the event was such a success that we plan to make it a regular fixture in the diary giving more charities the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of local business people.”

Several charities were selected by the Telford Pulling Together Project to face the dragons, which included Kirsty Smallman, director of J&PR Ltd, who gave advice on promoting the work of charities, Sam Warner, from Capgemini and Paul Hinkins from Business Watch Guarding.

They then had the opportunity to explain their charity and pitch for the dragons’ help and advice on any aspect of the charity requiring improvement.

Pat Partridge from Families in Telford which runs support groups for carers and children under five in Sutton Hill and Woodside said: "Until coming here today I didn't realise the support available from businesses to charities - it's been brilliant and we've learned so much. It's given us a real buzz."

Fiona Hunter from the Clifton Community Arts Centre Ltd which is fighting to secure the former Clifton Cinema in order for it to be turned into an arts centre in Wellington added: "We've realised we need to use social media more widely to ensure people know about what we are doing and to gain more interest and support."

Telford Pulling Together has been holding monthly breakfast meetings for just over two years and the Dragons’ Den-style events will now be repeated.


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