There are many different ways for businesses to contribute
to their local area. Time and experience is often as valuable as
donations and sponsorship, and it's surprising how much difference
even the smallest offer can make. But doing the right thing is not
just good for society, there are a number of very positive business
- employees are better motivated and more productive
- it generates positive press coverage
- good relationships with local authorities make doing business
- understanding the wider impact of your business can help you
develop new products and services
- being socially responsible can make you more competitive and
reduces the risk of sudden damage to your reputation
Here are just a few ways that your business can benefit from
developing stronger relationships with the local community;
and if you have a request that is not covered here then please
Business and Community Together
Business and Community Together (BCT) offers
community-minded businesses a range of employee volunteering
opportunities and flexible, tailored corporate responsibility
services. The aim is to make connections between businesses and
charities, creating sustainable relationships, that benefit
businesses, local charities and community groups. Together we can
strengthen our community.
BCT is provided in partnership with the
Kensington and Chelsea Foundation and the Volunteer Centre
Kensington and Chelsea.
Kensington and Chelsea Business Partnership
Young people develop exceptional employability skills through
working in a business environment, which is increasingly important
in today’s competitive marketplace. The Kensington and
Chelsea Education Business Partnership links businesses with young
people to provide excellent and inspirational opportunities to
help young people prepare for adult and working life.
Programmes on offer include:
Kensington and Chelsea Education Business Partnership works with
businesses to help them develop their profile in the community and
enrich Corporate Responsibility activity. Their programmes are
about developing an understanding of the world at work,
entrepreneurship, creativity and problem solving, skills and
qualities employers want in their future work force.
City Living, Local Life
City Living, Local Life is a new initiative where local people,
businesses, other community members and your Councillors identify
local issues that matter and find practical ways to make your area
a better place to live. The programme gives small amounts of money
and lots of practical support to the best ideas. The programme is
your chance to make a difference to your high street, your area,
your neighbourhood - your local life.
The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation
While Kensington and Chelsea enjoys the highest incomes and
property values in the UK, huge inequalities exist with some areas
ranking amongst the nation's most deprived. More than 400 small
local charities in the Borough work tirelessly to tackle these
issues. Most are unknown to local people.
The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation links local residents and
businesses to these charities, uniting the Royal Borough and making
life better for us all.
Volunteer Centre - Kensington and Chelsea
The Volunteer Centre champions rewarding volunteering
opportunities and promotes volunteering as a force for change and
social good. Their goal is to promote volunteering opportunities
that have a positive impact on volunteers, charities and the
community because getting involved in the community makes people
feel better about themselves and others.
Royal Borough Environment Project
The Royal Borough Environment Project works in partnership with
the local community to clean up and improve neglected sites in the
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The project mainly concentrates on the four northern wards of
Golborne, St Charles, Colville and Notting Barns, but also works on
projects elsewhere in the borough.
Working with local people and a range of partners in the public,
private and voluntary sectors, the project aims to:
- increase local residents’ involvement and pride in their local
- support a diverse range of innovative environmental
- improve the appearance and use of "grot spots," and the local
The project would be interested in hearing from businesses with
an interest in sponsoring the environmental improvement of areas of
Business in the Community
Business in the Community are a business-led charity focused on
promoting responsible business practice. They and their members
work together to transform communities by tackling issues where
business can make a real difference. They offer members practical
support to help them to integrate responsible business practices
wherever they operate.
Employee Volunteering offers employees the opportunity to become
volunteers in the community with the support of their employer. A
brokerage service matches the needs of voluntary organisations with
the skills of the employee. Opportunities include membership of
management committees of voluntary organisations, providing
specialist advice and skills and teamwork projects.