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Go local this September to support businesses in the West Midlands


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Businesses from across the West Midlands are being encouraged to support their local communities by signing up to the Mayor’s Giving Month.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, hosted a virtual event with some of the region’s biggest employers and local charities to call on businesses of all sizes and sectors to give something back to communities in the area.

This could be through financial donations to charities and community groups or practical help by offering time and expertise.

The Mayor said: “We have seen throughout the pandemic that businesses are keen to volunteer and help their local communities by offering their skills, knowledge, expertise and time along with raising essential funds and donations.

“Their generosity has been fantastic – including helping young people learn valuable job interview skills – and I look forward to us working with businesses of all sizes during the Giving Month and beyond, as the region starts to recover from the pandemic.”

The Giving Month, which starts on 21 September, will also celebrate the work that local businesses are already doing to help communities. In addition, the launch event will include an ‘in conversation’ with the Mayor and Jean Templeton, chief executive of St Basils charity.

She said: “There has never been a more critical time for sectors to work together to ensure the most vulnerable are not disproportionately disadvantaged as we rebuild. The voluntary and community sector make a vital contribution but can’t do it alone.

“Our ‘offer’ is to work with partners to ensure your contributions make a real difference. Our ‘ask’ is that you use your skills, knowledge and resources to work with us to make that difference.”

Businesses that would like to contribute to the Mayor’s Giving Month can sign up here: https://www.wmca.org.uk/who-we-are/meet-the-mayor/giving-month/.





Written by: David Watkins

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