BOC, the UK’s biggest industrial and medical gases business, welcomed Guildford MP Anne Milton and a large number of local charities and businesses to an event with a difference – a charity and business speed-dating event.
BOC hosted and sponsored the event, which aimed to bring local businesses and charities closer together and to help charities to tap the huge potential resource of the local business community.
Among the 18 charities that came to BOC’s headquarters in The Surrey Research Park were CAB, Carers Support, Guildford Action, Halow Project and Shooting Star Chase. In a speed-dating format, they had a few minutes to spend with as many organisations as possible to find out how their knowledge, skills and aspirations can bring mutual benefit.
Major local businesses attended including Barclays, Barlow Robbins, Sanofi, Surrey Chambers of Commerce, Surrey Satellite Technology and the University of Law – as well as BOC.
Anne Milton MP (third from right) chats with Perdita Hunt, Director of the Watts Gallery
Anne Milton, MP, opened the event, saying: “I am really pleased that so many representatives from local charities and businesses are able to come today for this fantastic event and my grateful thanks to BOC for hosting us. Businesses in Guildford often tell me they want to get more involved in the local community and this is a chance for them to do just that. I was delighted when I visited BOC last November and we discussed corporate social responsibility and the work BOC have done through their involvement in groups like Breathe Easy, a support group for people with chronic lung disease. I have wanted the idea of a speed dating event for local business and charities to become a reality for some time - my thanks to BOC for making it happen!”
Stephen Windsor-Lewis, BOC’s Head of Communications, commented: “BOC is delighted to host today’s Charity and Business Speed-dating event. I would like to thank all the staff from the charities and the businesses who took time out from their working day to share, learn and gain from each another. But today’s event is just the start of something hopefully much, much bigger. Our hope is that the various dialogues that have begun today will continue outside of this event and will be converted into mutually beneficial relationships.”