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Diary Date: October 8, Connecting Gloucestershire - county's first multi-sector event to connect businesses and communities

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Business leaders are invited to register for a new event aimed at bringing together Gloucestershire businesses with key figures from the voluntary and community sectors.

Not to be confused with the Gloucestershire Media networking gatherings – Get Connected – the Connecting Gloucestershire event is due to take place in early October at Kingsholm Stadium.

Gloucester Rugby is hosting the event on October 8 in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC), a UK-wide charity that promotes responsible business. 

It is also supported by the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.

The event has been organised by Gary Little, community manager at Gloucester Rugby and Sarah Sheasby, BITC’s Business Connector for Gloucester, as part of her 12-month secondment from Lloyds Banking Group.

Mrs Sheasby said the main aim was to encourage skills-sharing and collaboration to help promote opportunity and tackle social disadvantage. 

“Businesses and communities are mutually dependent on one another for prosperity. We aim to deliver a unique event that sets the context and benefits for collaborative working.


“It will equip businesses and charities to make the right requests of each other and to identify genuine opportunities for mutually beneficial exchange,” she said.

Connecting Gloucestershire will feature speakers from Renishaw, Lloyds Banking Group and Commercial Foundation, who will discuss different aspects of their community and education partnerships.

Sarah Dunning, Westmorland Ltd, and Mark Gale of the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, will give an interview on the innovative charity / business partnership that drove the creation of the new M5 Gloucester Gateway Services.

Ecclesiastical and Pippin Consultancy will deliver a tailored seminar for community groups helping charities to consider the ways in which they can add value for businesses. This will be followed by an hour of cross-sector networking.

Entry to the event is free but spaces are limited. To find out more visit Connecting Gloucestershire.

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