25th February – Business 2 Community Skills Event – something a bit different!

Our Business to Community Skills events are an opportunity for business representatives to ‘give back’ to the community through the transfer of their skills and knowledge.  The event provided another chance for employee volunteers to do just that, but with a slightly different twist.

We invited the Heathrow Communities Trust to come along and talk to local groups about the Heathrow Community Fund and to highlight the various funding options that the Trust provides.  The Trust is keen to see more applications to fund projects in Slough in 2014 and with the great turn out we hope that more groups will be encouraged to apply this year!

More information about the fund can be found here: http://www.airportcommunitiestrust.com/community-funds/heathrow-community-fund

To keep to the theme of ‘Business to Community Skills’ we asked two representatives from LeasePlan to come in to present in the second half of the event.  Following conversations with the Heathrow Communities Trust they identified the two areas where applications fell short and they were identified as being: Evaluation of Projects and Accurate Budget Setting.

We asked David Hirst and Nick Huntly to talk to groups about these two topics from a business perspective.  They took the groups through several exercises to help them get an understanding of the key principles that might help to secure funding from more appropriately considered applications.

All in all we had another very successful event which received some very positive feedback from attendees including: “It was very informative” and “It made me re-think how I work”.

We would like to thank our speakers for their time and support and also thank the attendees for taking part in another great event.


David and Nick from LeasePlan presented on the day

David and Nick from LeasePlan presented on the day