Avril PorterBusiness leaders are being invited to explore ways in which they can support employees who are caring long-term for a seriously ill relative.
A networking meeting hosted at Savernake View nursing home in Marlborough by Carer Support Wiltshire on Thursday, November 10 will be addressed by Avril Porter of The Human Resource.
Avril has over 30 years’ experience in the Human Resources profession: ranging from in-house start-up HR functions for medium sized businesses, through an HR management career in global corporates and professional services organisations.
“For employees juggling a demanding full-time job alongside caring for a seriously ill family member, doing everything well enough can build up quite unmanageable stress levels - and something has to give,” said Avril.
“We'll explore the many ways employers can step outside the conventional Nine to Five In the Office pattern without damaging the business - and really give practical support to their caring employees through a difficult time.”
The event runs from 7.30am to 9am. Attendance costs £6 and includes a buffet breakfast.
For more information, or to book a place, log on to https://marlboroughbreakfast.eventbrite.co.uk
Bill Huxley at Marlborough Chamber of CommerceThe founder of an organisation that helps businesses to become more ethical says Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Purposeful Business, and Creating Shared Value must be more than just buzzwords.
Bill Huxley, who founded Business Against Poverty to support the work of the Trowbridge-based charity People Against Poverty, told business leaders in Marlborough that their future profitability depended on them becoming more ethical.
“Millennials – people born between 1982 and 2002 – are demanding a different value set from businesses they buy from, and want to work for,” he said.
Bill showed members of Marlborough Chamber of Commerce the results of a survey, which show that ethical trading featured highly in the purchase decision-making process of Millennials.
When asked for the top five things that made them respect a company, they said:
- Gives back to the community
- Fair labour practices
- Products and services that do what they promise to do
- Products and services that truly help people in need
- Being eco-friendly
Meanwhile, 62 percent of Millennials say they want to work for a company that makes a positive impact on the world.
He told networkers at the Chamber’s business breakfast on Wednesday (October 19) that business owners and managers needed to “engage with employees about a sense of purpose other than shareholder value,” while understanding the need to be profitable: “In order to share the wealth, you have top create wealth.”
“Most businesses say they are ethical, but I could go into most businesses and find something unethical,” he said.
“Ethics isn’t just about doing something because the law tells you to, it’s about doing something because it’s the right thing to do.”
Bill HuxleyThe founder of an organisation that helps companies become more sustainable and ethical will be addressing business leaders in Marlborough next week.
Bill Huxley, a director of Business Against Poverty – an accredited membership community which helps its members to become more sustainable and ethical while raising funds for its sister charity People Against Poverty – will be speaking at Marlborough Chamber of Commerce business breakfast.
Bill will be explaining Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Purposeful Business, and Creating Shared Value – and why they aren’t just buzzwords but concepts that can drive competitive advantage and help create a better world.
The networking event will be held at Marlborough Golf Club from 7.30am until 9am on Wednesday, October 19, and is open to non-members.
Marlborough Creative HubA new hub for creative businesses has opened in Marlborough.
The hub has opened in a former GPs surgery at 23-24 The Parade, and aims to become a creative hot house for freelancers in the creative industries.
The Grade II listed building was developed by Ross Smith, who also runs his engineering consultancy from The Parade.
“I wanted to create a space for them that would harness their enthusiasm and provide an environment that creativity could feed off creativity,” he said.
“So far the project has been a phenomenal success and we are now home to a marketing agency, chartered surveyors, an award winning sports PR consultancy and even an international consumer-tech start-up.
“We still have a few offices and spaces left but we are being quite selective to whom we let in. The vibe in the building is fantastic and all the guys working here are creating a great atmosphere that we don’t want to dilute”.”
The site offers secure parking for cars and bikes, superfast broadband, and a shower is soon to be fitted to encourage people to run and cycle to work.
Simon Neate and Alison Cook from Soft Options Water Softeners Ltd with paramedics Louise Cox and Matt Baskerville, pilot Nicky Smith, and the as yet un-named mascotA new member of Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s fundraising team is looking forward to spreading the word about the work of the lifesaving service - but he or she needs a name.
The charity’s new recruit is a paramedic bear mascot and it will be at events all over the county promoting Wiltshire Air Ambulance, starting next week during national Air Ambulance Week.
The charity is seeking names for the mascot and will run an online competition starting at 6pm on Thursday, September 15 and closing at midnight on Sunday, September 18.
Entries can be made on the charity’s Facebook and Twitter links (www.facebook.com/wiltshireairambulance and www.twitter.com/WiltsAirAmbu)
The winner will be invited to meet the mascot at the charity’s Operations Centre in Devizes.
The mascot is sponsored by Soft Options Water Softeners Ltd, a family run business based in Burbage. Soft Options supply and install water softening and drinking water filtration/purification products for both domestic and commercial use.
Rebecca de la Bedoyere, senior fundraising manager at WAA, said: “We are excited about having our own mascot and we’d like to thank Soft Options Water Softeners Ltd for kindly sponsoring it.
“Just like us, they are an organisation that is firmly rooted here in Wiltshire, and they have brought plenty of ideas and enthusiasm to the partnership.
“Our mascot is fun, eye-catching and will play a major role in the many fundraising and community events we attend across Wiltshire throughout the year.
“Its design is based on our paramedic teddy bear cuddly toy and paramedic key ring, which are popular items of our merchandise.
“Our mascot has its own diary, so if you are holding a fundraising event for Wiltshire Air Ambulance please contact us and, subject to availability, our mascot could be in attendance.
“But before our mascot can start work we need a name for it. If you’ve got an idea for a name, please enter our online competition.”
Alison Cook, director of Soft Options Water Softeners Ltd, said: “The mascot looks fantastic and we are proud to be sponsoring it.
“Having lived in Wiltshire all our lives we know of the good work and excellent service provided by Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
“We feel it is such a privilege to work with the charity and give something back to the community.”
The mascot’s first week of engagements will see it at street collections for WAA during Air Ambulance Week: Monday, September 19 at Wilton Shopping Village, Salisbury, 10am to 3pm; Tuesday, September 20 The Maltings, Salisbury, 8am to 4pm; Friday, September 23 at Calne Market, Phelps Parade, 9am to 1pm, and Sunday, September 25 at the Wiltshire Big Wheel cycle event on The Green, Devizes, 8am to 4pm.
Other appearances include at Salisbury Carnival on October 21.