Anglian Water, in partnership with Business in the Community (BITC) has been leading the charge in setting up a Business Response Network in the East, to help organisations and charities most in need during the fight against Coronavirus.
The scheme, set up in April, works by pairing up organisations in need of resources from food, to technology or transport with local businesses offering help.
Just five weeks later, the network has already made over 400 matches across the country between local community groups, schools and charities and UK businesses who can help to meet their urgent needs during Covid-19. 30 have been in the East of England.
Andy Brown, Head of Sustainability for Anglian Water has been instrumental in setting up and jointly leading the East of England National Business Response Network as part of the water company’s longstanding membership with Business in the Community.
He said: “Our business is built on the communities it serves and never has it been more important for companies like ours to step up, so that’s exactly what we’re doing.
“We’ve received requests for help from local charities, the NHS and social enterprise collaborations and it’s been truly humbling to see the generosity shown by businesses across the East of England and beyond, who want to give something back during these unprecedented times.”
Across the East of England matches have been made to help various local community organisations including:
Andy continued: “We’re calling on other businesses in the region to get on board this initiative, so that we can support even more of those who are struggling during the current pandemic, whether that’s by providing physical products or support in other ways. No matter what the size of the request or the pledge for help even the small things make a huge difference.”
Amanda Mackenzie OBE, chief executive of Business in the Community, said “The contribution that businesses are making to support our most vulnerable communities is magnificent. Their offers of support through our National Business Response Network magnifies the impact of business giving – bringing the scale of a national business network to the doorsteps of our local communities. We know what local communities need as they battle the impact of Covid-19 on their towns and cities and we’re calling on businesses who want to offer support to contact us to make sure their support gets to the right place at the right time.”
Community organisations in need of help and business offering their knowledge or services can call the 24-hour hotline on 0141 285 3821, email firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the online board of needs and offers: https://lnkd.in/dGiEdi9.