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Friday, 9 May 2014

Member Blog: A Little Goes A Long Way

By Karen Sykes - Marketing Manager, Garcia & Sykes Ltd

When Tameside4Good launched I was invited to the launch event at Dukinfield Golf Club.  I went along as I was intrigued about what it was and also it was a good chance for networking.

When there we heard from Tony Okotie, Chief Exec at T4G, and also people from New Charter and Brother UK who were helping out.  It all sounded like a really good idea, but I was struggling to see where a small company like us would fit in.  The big firms were talking about payroll giving and letting employees have a day off to volunteer which was just not viable for us.

However when I got speaking to one of the staff at T4G they said there were a number of ways we could help out by donating unwanted goods, our services and possibly materials.  Not long after, we had an office refurb and donated three old office desks which went to good causes.  Then they got in touch to say a local community project needed some fencing replacing and they thought we were the best to help.  We were happy to provide some new fencing at cost to help the 'You Can Youth' project in Stalybridge.

Following on from that, T4G held an event celebrating their first year and asked me to speak at the event about how even small businesses such as ourselves could help out.  It was a great success, even if I do say so myself, and we met lots more community-minded businesses who shared their success stories.

Since then we have provided weld mesh at cost to the Wooden Canal Boat Society to build a cage for their gas canisters due to health and safety requirements.

Also T4G contacted us to see if we were interested in getting involved in the local Enterprise Challenge at Tameside College.  They wanted a small, local business owner to talk to them about starting a business, the pitfalls and things to try.  Gareth Sykes (our MD) went along to speak to the students starting on the challenge a few weeks ago.  He returned this week to see how they were getting on and then goes back on 3rd June to judge it.

We are happy to get involved with the local community and help out local charities where possible.  Even if it is only a little we can do, we have seen first hand what a big difference it can make.

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