Do you want to support community organisations or other businesses in the Stevenage area but are not sure where to start or what is needed?

Chamber Member and The Prince of Wales' Charity, Business in The Community, have asked Mark Newman to act as a Business Connector for Stevenage to broker support and help harness local partnerships.

His role is provided at no cost to the organisations which he works with, it is merely to facilitate matching those that need support with those that can deliver it, and then stepping back and letting the partnership blossom.

Mark is looking for, but not limited to, activities that support young people and those adults that feel excluded from society. The BITC Business Connector programme focuses on four areas, which is set out below with some straight forward examples of what your business could provide:

> Education – improving links between business and education, supporting the next generation of employees and leaders through mentoring, or business or vocational skills;

> Employment - providing work placements, or CV or mock interview advice;

> Enterprise - giving business advice or sponsoring start-ups; and,

> Community cohesion - implementing a volunteer programme (or just encouraging volunteers) so your staff can share their expertise in any area such as business planning, construction project management or beauty, health and nutrition.

Their aim is to help the Stevenage community tackle local challenges by creating partnerships that will make good use of the expertise and energy of business people for the mutual benefit of all. Please see this link for examples of some of the activities Connectors have been involved with.

Mark said;

'I have learnt a lot in my short time amongst the community and see that already many businesses are helping. I am now ready to understand more about how businesses want to help and work with them to achieve their aspirations.'

If you would like to help support Stevenage or build on the contributions you are already making then please contact Mark via email or Twitter.