Business collaboration celebrates first year

On Thursday 21st November Business in the Community recognised the achievement of local businesses in helping to build resilient communities across Southampton and the wider Solent region at a celebratory event, hosted at Ordnance Survey’s headquarters.

Through working collaboratively hub partners have been able to share their areas of expertise. This has allowed us to deliver a variety of impactful projects which will leave a lasting legacy for communities across the city.

- Jayne Carrington,
Managing Director, Right Management Workplace Wellness
The occasion was the first anniversary of the launch of the BITC Southampton Hub in November 2012.  Led by Jayne Carrington, Managing Director of Right Management Workplace Wellness, Hub partners including Wates, Southampton Solent University and Ordnance Survey have been working collaboratively to tackle local social issues, pledging a variety of support from running a careers fair at a local secondary school to setting up food donation points to help tackle food poverty in the city.  In the last year businesses working with BITC have invested 669 hours of employee hours into schools across the Solent region.

Woodlands Community College in Harefield, Southampton is amongst a number of local schools and charities that have benefited from the support of Southampton Hub partners. The school is currently partnered with Wates Construction through BITC’s Business Class programme with pupils benefiting from a variety of interventions including mentoring, behind the scenes visits to the workplace and employability workshops.   

One of the unique pledges made by Hub partners was that of Ordnance Survey who offered the use of their GeoVation programme. GeoVation helps communities address their unmet needs through the application of geographic data, skills and expertise. Following a lively debate amongst community leaders in October a variety of needs were identified. These needs were presented during the course of the evening and will both shape the future activity of Hub partners in Southampton and allow for a full challenge to take place. 

Speaking on the use of GeoVation, Chris Parker, Programme Manager added ‘We were delighted to be able support the hub and in turn communities across Southampton. The debate with community leaders in October was extremely insightful and has allowed us to produce this outline of some of the most pressing issues in the city.    

Businesses across the Solent region are invited to review the How do we build healthy communities brochure and discuss with Business in the Community how they can support current initiatives. For further information please contact Mike Toy on 023 9241 5760.