As the Bank of England calls for Business to show 'responsibility', a group of Stratford companies have stepped forward with an offer to local schools, sports clubs and charities - 'let us help you'.
Stratford Vision founder, Denys Shortt OBE of one of the town's largest employers, has led a consortium of businesses to pledge a 'kitty' to be used to help schemes which have a real chance of success.
'It's basically crowdfunding. A group of businesses pool their funding or resources to help the community. Small amounts from many businesses can go very far, ” says Shortt of 'DCS.
“In just over a week eleven businesses have pledged a total of £55,000 for the community.”
“Communication is key. We need organisations to share with us their needs on the website. From schools, to sports clubs to charities - they are all welcome to participate"
"We have lots at our disposal - not just cash but also free printing and employee volunteer help."
"We want more businesses to join us too. The criteria is they have to pledge to give at least £5000 a year in cash or in kind - in other words with free goods or services."
The first eleven businesses to team up are : NFU Mutual, Guy Salmon Land Rover, Barclays, DCS Group, Alscot Estate, Baraset Barn, FirstlookTV , Vale Press, Enable Software, BDR Group, and Quentin Wilson - TV presenter.
For more information see: www.supportingstratford.co.uk