The Slough Business Community Partnership held a successful ‘Business to Community Skills’ event on 22nd May 2014 at the Centre this week. The event provided an opportunity for local charities and community groups to hear from business representatives on key topics that they may find helpful for their group.
The theme of the event was ‘Governance – an Update’ and as there have been many recent changes it was important for charities and community groups to be aware of the changes. In particular the session gave detailed information on Charity Law and Workplace Pensions – specifically Auto -enrolment.
Chelsea Martin, from IBB Solicitors, gave the group an update on Charity Law and Governance. She covered topics such as senior executive pay, annual reviews, strategic reports (if relevant to certain charities) and highlighted the new Charity Commission guidance. She also provided Charity Commission guidance notes on the 2014 Annual Return as this was a key theme that was identified from the questions asked at the end of the session.
Our other speaker was Nick Kidby of Chiltern Consultancy and he took the group through the major changes to Work Based Pensions and Auto-enrolment. He explained why Auto-enrolment was coming into force and what it means for employers including charities. Advising on the actions employers need to take, he explained the requirements and impacts of the scheme on employers. Finally, he outlined some pension solutions and explained how employers can prepare for the changes.
Both topics were received with great interest from the delegates who said it was very useful and informative and that the speakers were “exceptional”.
We would like to thank our speakers for their time and support and also thank the attendees for taking part in another great event.
If you would like more information on the topics and the speaker presentations please get in touch.
Nick Kidby, Chiltern Consultancy (on the left) and Chelsea Martine IBB Solicitors, (on the right)
The Slough Business Community Partnership (SBCP) was awarded the Gold Excellence Award for Slough Quality Protects (SQP) by Slough Council for Voluntary Services this week (Monday 12th May).
SQP is a quality assurance system for local community and voluntary organisations that enables them to demonstrate the quality and integrity of their work in a coherent and consistent way.
It showcases the quality of the work that an organisation does and sends out a message about the culture being fostered within the organisation.
Receiving the Gold Accreditation confirms that SBCP ‘is a strong and confident organisation working in partnership with other agencies with policies and procedures in place which are fit for purpose.’
Bob Jones, Partnership Manager for SBCP, received the award. He said “SBCP is pleased to have received the Gold accreditation from Slough CVS as it confirms the quality of our work and that we are an organisation that takes its governance seriously.”
For more information about SBCP, please call 01753 696958 or visit www.sbcp.co.uk
Bob Jones (in the middle) received the award. Presenting the award was Colin Gault (on the right), Governance Development worker at SCVS and Pip Collings (on the left), Nutrition Lead for Public Health and Wellbeing at Slough Borough Council.
The Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 opened its doors to clients of Age Concern Slough on Wednesday 16th April. They held a special Easter tea for 20 clients and staff that included scones, hot cross buns and Easter Eggs as well as an Easter themed quiz! An Age Concern representative commented “Everyone said what a wonderful time they had and how extremely kind and attentive the staff were. It is hard to say in words what outings like this mean to our clients, thank you”.
A representative from the hotel said “Glad we could put a smile on the faces of our older members of the community. It was great fun having Age Concern here for Afternoon tea; we hope they enjoyed it as much as we did”.
This employee volunteering opportunity was brokered by Slough Business Community Partnership that provides a valuable link between business and the community. If you are a business and would like to know how you can engage with the local community then please get in touch by calling: 01753 696958.
Age Concern Clients enjoy Easter Tea and a Quiz at Hilton T5