Tees SME’s invited to Infant Hercules Charity Club launch

Small Teesside businesses are being invited to attend the launch of Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s new corporate membership club.

The chance to spend time learning from some of Teesside’s most successful business leaders – including Gary Dawson, Tanya Garland and Bill Scott – is just one of the advantages smaller businesses will receive through the foundation’s new level of corporate membership.

The Infant Hercules Charity Club is designed to appeal to successful but smaller businesses who couldn’t commit to the sums involved with being a Foundation patron but are keen to support local charities and worthy causes.

Those interested are invited to attend a free, no obligation launch event at Acklam Hall on Thursday, February 6, featuring a buffet, networking and a short presentation.

Benefits of membership include an invitation to an exclusive, intimate quarterly business gathering – limited to one representative from each member organisation – where prominent local business leaders will tell their story, offer business tips and take part in a Q&A with members.

Already confirmed as speakers at the gatherings are three of the region’s most respected business leaders – Tanya Garland of Foundation patrons Cool Blue Brand Communications, who founded the charity with current Middlesbrough mayor Andy Preston, patron Bill Scott MBE, CEO of Port Clarence-based Wilton Engineering, and Gary Dawson, managing director of another of the charity’s patrons, Middlesbrough firm AV Dawson.

Teesside Philanthropic Foundation trustee Emily Bentley said: “We are excited about the potential for the Infant Hercules Charity Club to enable many more businesses to support our foundation and help the most needy groups and individuals right here on Teesside.

“The launch event is a fantastic, no obligation opportunity for local business owners and decision-makers to come along and hear more about the club, how they can benefit and help the Teesside community.”

Founding members of the Charity Club are Tees Business magazine, Stockton accountancy firm Abacus Bean, JH Mechanical Services, Property and Land Information (PALI), engineering consultants Durata UK, Mark Kenrick, the Cunningham Family and Nigel and Claire Vaughan.

Backed by major local businesses such as Bulkhaul, Cleveland Cable Company, and AV Dawson, Teesside Philanthropic Foundation has raised more than £3m since its formation in 2011, with the vast majority already donated to a wide range of Teesside worthy causes.

Other benefits of joining the Infant Hercules Charity Club include:

• The opportunity to publicly show support and make a difference for the most disadvantaged Teessiders

• To see your business listed and personally mix with some of Teesside’s most influential, successful businesses and business leaders

• Company logo on charity website

• Article on the charity’s popular Facebook feed and mentions on Twitter when signing up.

Membership to the Infant Hercules Charity Club is £1,000 a year or £100 a month.

Those who would like to attend the free launch event at Acklam Hall on February 6, 5.30-6.30pm, should email info@teessidecharity.org.uk. The event includes a finger buffet with cold refreshments.


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