Willow Wood’s thriving business club, Business Connexions, currently has around 30 members representing a wide range of local business. These encompass a host of different sectors including design and print, financial services, building services, engineering, legal, packaging, entertainment, property, travel, marketing, and more.

While enjoying a tasty breakfast sandwich, members gather for a monthly meeting where they have the opportunity to network, to talk about their products and services and to forge valuable links in the local business community.   As Yvonne Cookson, joint MD of Your Tax Shop said “Business Connexions has been great as it has allowed us to meet other like-minded business owners who we may not have met without this networking opportunity.”

Elaine McConnell is Willow Wood’s corporate fundraiser and is looking to expand and strengthen links within the local business community.  “We’ve already had some successful relationships formed through our meetings, and are looking to develop this network further.  We have a good mix of large and small companies already signed up, and every member who attends is given a ten-minute slot – it’s a great way to market your business.”

“Of course, there are many other benefits too! As Willow Wood is one of the best known and possibly the best loved local charity, there are many advantages in partnering with us.  Most companies have Corporate Social Responsibility policies in place, and we can help them meet these easily and ethically.  Willow Wood has had many teams spending a day or two working in our gardens, in our distribution centre or even painting the offices – it’s a real morale boost for those involved as they know they are providing tangible, practical help, and building team spirit at the same time.”

Companies can also get involved with Willow Wood’s fundraising events; there are many opportunities for sponsorship where company logos could be seen by thousands of local people and potential customers.

“But it’s not just about these, and the other real benefits to your business. Because every penny of the Business Connexions joining fee of just £30 each month, comes directly to Willow Wood, and is a real, sustainable way of helping us continue our care.  This financial year it will take £2.5 million to maintain our services to those with a life-limiting illness, their families and loved ones, and we need to raise 77% of this from within our community.”

To become part of the Willow Wood networking group and to help local people, please contact: Elaine on 0161 330 7788 or elaine.mcconnell@willowwood.info.