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Black Country Chamber Event Launches New Social Impact Document

Chamber Social Impact EventBlack Country Chamber of Commerce held a Social Impact event on Friday 23rd June to highlight the benefits and examples of social responsibility. This event also launched the new Black Country Chamber Social Impact Document, which is a guide to how a business can take their community support to the next level and make a real difference.

The event, which took place at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill, aimed at pulling together local businesses with charities to see how they can support their needs and encourage best practice. Charities also need the support of local businesses to run their organisations, so the working relationship goes both ways. There were talks from Black Country Chamber Chief Executive, Corin Crane, James Walsh, CEO of Steps to Work and Ryan Boyce, Development Manager from Heart of England Community Foundation. They covered a variety of subject areas, including the importance of the Third, Public and Private sectors working together to deliver genuine social impact, and how this can be achieved.

Helen Child, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Wolverhampton, commented following the event: "We know so many businesses and individuals want to get more involved with their local community, but may not know where to start. This guide will help people get started, thinking about what they can give, and the benefits they will get back in return. The event was a great place for people in the voluntary sector to meet people in business to talk about the kind of support we would love to receive, and how we would like to support local businesses in return.”

Black Country Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the speakers on the day, as well as the delegates that attended. We would also like to say a big thank you to the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill, for providing free room hire for the event.

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating those businesses that are leading the way and taking steps to have a positive impact in their local area. With this in mind, the Chamber has launched a Chamber Champion for Social Impact and applications are available online via a self-assessed document.  

For more information please visit www.blackcountrychamber.co.uk/policy-campaigns/social-impact or call 0330 024 0820.

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