Businesses can play a pivotal role in helping community

SUPPORT The Seeing is Believing business event
SUPPORT The Seeing is Believing business event
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BUSINESS leaders from across Portsmouth and the surrounding area gathered at Paulsgrove Community Centre to discover how their organisations can help to support local schools and voluntary sector organisations.

The event, which formed part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Week, was lead by Huw Davies, who is chief financial officer of Wates group and also the Prince of Wales’s ambassador for Business in the Community in the South East region.

The prince’s Seeing is Believing programme was born in 1990 from a simple but powerful idea: to help business leaders see for themselves what a difference responsible business can make. The Portsmouth visit featured local groups Motiv8, Mayfield Secondary School, Community Action Portsmouth and the Cathedral Innovation Centre.

Delegates were left inspired by the work undertaken by each group with community leaders showcasing the various programmes and initiatives which have helped support residents across the city.

From sharing the skills of staff to strategically partnering with a secondary school, businesses can play a pivotal role in helping to support their local community.

Businesses were asked to pledge their support at the end of the event through a round table discussion.

Following the visit from Huw Davies, Business in the Community will be working with delegates and the local groups to ensure their pledges become action.