This month’s HTEA networking event celebrated the outstanding achievements of the local businesses in Huddersfield. Organised in association with Huddersfield Town Football Club and hosted by Director Sean Jarvis, the event shone light on companies and their contribution towards the environment. The event was held at Kirklees College’s in-house restaurant Landings 72.
The event aimed to give attendees a different view on CSR and what they can do to add value to their business. Speakers David Elliot from Wellhouse Leisure and Graeme Stocks from Big Dog Wear joined us on the panel to share an insight into how their business incorporates CSR and the challenges when building and integrating this within their business model.
Graeme spoke about the motivation behind his charity organisation, The Hirsche Foundation, which aims to support homeless people get off the streets and build a new life. After being called selfish, Graeme used this as a driving force to make a difference which led to the creation of the homeless charity organisation. Speaking about the difference having the charity organisation has made to his company Big Dog Wear, Graeme said, “It’s not just about earning money in business, there’s a bigger principle”.
David Elliot shared an insight on the work he does to contribute to society through marathons. Talking about what impression he wants to create through the charity work he has done, David said, “You have got a responsibility to give something back, we want our employees to be valued”.
Both speakers Graeme and David spoke on the advice they would give to the attendees on practicing good corporate social responsibility. Graeme reiterated the importance of CSR and how every little helps. When asked what advice he would share with businesses looking to contribute to CSR, David said, “Believe in yourself that you can do it, it doesn’t have to be a lot, you don’t have to set a big goal or a big challenge”.
Finally, Joe Rogerson, Kirklees College’s PMC Centre Apprentice shared his experience in light of National Apprenticeship Week which was celebrated between 3rd-7th February. Joe spoke about his positive experience and how completing an Apprenticeship has changed his life in a positive way.
Watch a video of the event HERE.
Kirklees College has over 2,500 apprentices in more than 1,000 organisations and are the official education and training partner of Huddersfield Town. With eight centres across the region, Kirklees College boasts fantastic facilities and delivers excellent teaching from industry experienced staff. Kirklees College is committed to creating opportunity and changing lives and is welcoming applications to its courses as it hosts its third round of Open Days in March – come and see what the college has to offer and find out more on its website.