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Seeing is Believing for Portsmouth business leaders

Business leaders from across Portsmouth and the surrounding area, gathered at Paulsgrove Community Centre on Thursday 18th April to discover how their organisations can help to support local schools and voluntary sector organisations.

The day has highlighted to the business community some of the excellent work that is undertaken by the education and voluntary sectors. Businesses in Portsmouth have a really strong record of supporting their local community, I am sure this will lead to further engagement.

- Huw Davies,
Chief Financial Officer, Wates Group
The event, which formed part of Business in the Community's Responsible Business Week was led by Huw Davies, Chief Financial Officer of Wates group and HRH Ambassador for Business in the Community in the South East.

The Prince’s Seeing is Believing programme was born in 1990 from a simple but powerful idea: to help business leaders see for themselves what a difference responsible business can make. 

The Portsmouth visit featured local groups Motiv8, Mayfield Secondary School, Community Action Portsmouth and the Cathedral Innovation Centre. Delegates were left inspired by the work undertaken by each group with community leaders showcasing the various programmes and initiatives which have helped support residents across the city.  

Speaking at the event Sue Dovey, Chief Executive of Community Action Hampshire said ‘We were delighted to be able to take part in today’s event and showcase the work undertaken by both ourselves and the other groups involved. The visit was a great opportunity for us to discuss with business leaders how we can work together to support the future development of the city’.

From sharing the skills of staff to strategically partnering with a secondary school, businesses can play a pivotal role in helping to support their local community. Businesses were asked to pledge their support at the end of the event through a round table discussion. Following the visit Business in the Community will be working with delegates and the local groups to ensure pledges become action.