Conference on how business can support the community lands in Newcastle

Skillsbridge are encouraging North East firms to find out more about corporate social responsibility at an upcoming event

Skillsbridge chief executive Andrew White
Skillsbridge chief executive Andrew White

A focus on how private and public sector companies can support their local communities will be the crux of a conference on Tyneside this month.

Business are being encouraged to sign up for a half-day event at the offices of Muckles LLP in Newcastle.

Organised by Newcastle-based SkillsBridge, which matches business volunteers with charities and social enterprises in need of expert guidance and advice, the event will address the trends and challenges facing corporate responsibility.

The firm’s chief executive, Andrew White, will speak alongside Northumbria University’s Dr Jenny Davidson and Sally Young, from Newcastle CVS.

Mr White will then present on the value of sharing skills, prior to a talk by Michelle Brannen, of Business in the Community, on the power of volunteering.

Amanda Tincknell from Cranfield Trust will then give a short talk on the key management skills needed by non-profits, before leading into round table discussions on the future challenges and opportunities for businesses committed to developing their CR.

Mr White said: “We’ll be looking at the future of CR, turning values into actions and embedding it at every level in the business. They’ll be able to find out what it involves, why it matters and how partnerships can support their goals.”

The conference begins at 9am on September 30 and is expected to draw to a close at around 12.30pm to be followed by lunch and networking. Places can be booked by contacting Emma Walker on 0191 265 6111 or at


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