Amongst all the national talk of creating a "big society" we have been busy turning our own words into actions by taking an active role in the local community. As a responsible local business we are proud to have our business established in Salford, Greater Manchester and we are keen to get out into the community and help local students and organisations to improve themselves. As part of our ongoing commitment to the local community we are constantly engaging in a number of activities which have involved giving up our time and expertise to for the benefit of local voluntary and educational organisations.
We have engaged with the Salford Foundation on a number of activities including strategic advice on the Foundation's overall planning process and fundraising efforts as well as also actively getting involved by mentoring 14-16 year olds on their potential career choices.
University of Salford
We have already helped out judging the Salford Student Life Awards and will also be on the judging panel again in the coming months. The Salford Student Life Awards is an achievement award designed to enhance employability, enterprise and personal development by recognising students involvement in extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, mentoring, Student Union involvement, work experience and enterprise activities. It encourages them to develop the necessary skills and abilities to succeed in the world of work on graduation.
National Enterprise Academy
We helped out with dragon's den style judging on the Orange Challenge on November 2009 and have also helped mentor students with their business ideas at the Peter Jones backed National Enterprise Academy in East Manchester - we will also be returning later in the year to present to the new intake of students.
Salford Business Education Partnership
Over recent months we have been helping out with "mock interviews" for 14-16 year olds in local schools, speaking to 13-14 year olds about the world of work and also participating in dragon's den style judging on student projects.