BUSINESSES in Stratford have pledged a helping hand to the community.
Entrepreneur Denys Shortt launched his Business Supporting Stratford scheme to a packed audience which included the town’s businesspeople, MP Nadhim Zahawi, and Stratford District council leader Chris Saint.
Fifteen businesses have already joined the scheme with an aim to help sports clubs and charities and support local events, the arts, and educational and environmental projects. Each has pledged to give £5000 a year in cash or in services to organisations, charities and projects in the area.
Mr Shortt, boss of the DCS Group, said: “Supporting Stratford can help in many ways. Organisations realise that businesses do not have a huge pile of money to give away but it isn’t always about money – often they need volunteers or just some advice.
“The economy is changing and grant funding is reducing. We think organisations need a clear message, professional branding and most importantly a good strategy.”
Mr Zahawi was keen to see businesses and charities in the constituency working together.
He said: “Supporting Stratford is a shining example of corporate responsibility and I’m delighted to see there are 15 businesses already supporting the project.
“Stratford is blessed both with booming businesses and world class charities. It is exciting to see them working together to help the town. I look forward to this project going from strength to strength.”
Motoring journalist and TV presenter Quentin Wilson is among those who have joined the scheme, along with NFU Mutual, Wheaton and Lamb, Guy Salmon Land Rover, Barclays, DCS Group, Alscot Estate, Baraset Barn, FirstlookTV, Vale Press, Enable Software, BDR Group, FPS Distribution, KPMG and Touch FM.
Visit www.supportingstratford.co.uk for more information.