Blog posts from James Martin

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Dudley Soup

Dudley CVS: A blueprint for effective local collaboration

by James Martin 15 February 2017 - 11:19am

Andy Mullaney, Dudley's first Business Connector, writes about how working with an ‘innovative’ team at Dudley CVS was key to his role in creating new cross-sector partnerships during his year...

Carol Boston

Three minutes with... Business Connector Carol Boston

by James Martin 29 February 2016 - 3:43pm

In the latest of our series of check-ins with Business Connectors across the country we speak to Carol Boston, the third Business Connector for Cambridge. Carol was seconded to...

David Farmer Business Connector

Farmer's view: A Business Connector explores how business can forge closer partnerships with the voluntary sector

by James Martin 25 February 2016 - 6:03pm

After 40 years of service at Halifax, branch manager David Farmer became Southampton's second Business Connector in January 2015. To mark the end of his year-long secondment from Lloyds...

Jane Wilson, Business Connector in West Cumbria

Cumbria Flood Crisis: The perspective from a local Business Connector

by James Martin 17 December 2015 - 12:54pm

Jane Wilson, Cumbria’s first Business Connector, who was seconded from United Utilities, reflects on her last two weeks and explores some of the longer-term impacts which could affect the...

Michael Taylor, Business Connector in Middlesborough

Which British town is welcoming refugees?

by James Martin 10 November 2015 - 3:32pm

In the latest of our Business Connectors blogs, we hear from Michael Taylor, seconded to Middlesbrough from Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture, about how the refugee crisis is...

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains' Martin Turner on helping Mansfield NEETs get back on the right track

by James Martin 27 October 2015 - 3:02pm

In September 2014, Martin Turner, Head of Sales at Virgin Trains East Coast, left the corporate world behind and embarked on a 12 month secondment as a Business Connecter at Business...