RUCT | Successful Business Breakfast Networking Event at the AESSEAL New York Stadium

Published: 23/05/2024

Rotherham United Community Trust, in partnership with Rotherham Hospital & Community Charity, hosted a successful business breakfast networking event at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. The event, held on a bright morning, brought together local businesses, community leaders, and professionals for a productive session of networking and collaboration. The event kicked off early, with attendees… Continue reading RUCT | Successful Business Breakfast Networking Event at the AESSEAL New York Stadium

Rotherham United Community Trust, in partnership with Rotherham Hospital & Community Charity, hosted a successful business breakfast networking event at the AESSEAL New York Stadium. The event, held on a bright morning, brought together local businesses, community leaders, and professionals for a productive session of networking and collaboration.

The event kicked off early, with attendees welcomed to the stadium’s prestigious Guest Lounge suite. Over a delicious breakfast spread, participants had the opportunity to connect, share ideas, and discuss potential collaborations. The relaxed yet professional atmosphere encouraged meaningful conversations and the forging of new business relationships.

The morning featured a series of insightful presentations from key speakers. Individuals who have already supported the hosting organisations Rotherham United Community Trust and Rotherham Hospital & Community Charity, such as Megan Roberts (Esh Group), Shane Goodwin (Screwfix), and Troy Mallard (Mallard Mortgages) who all outlined their ongoing projects and the impact of their work within the community. These presentations highlighted the importance of local business support in driving community initiatives and improving public health and well-being.

A significant focus of the event was on the powerful role that businesses can play in supporting community development. Speakers emphasized the mutual benefits of corporate social responsibility, showcasing successful partnerships and projects that have made a real difference in the local area. Attendees were encouraged to consider how their own businesses could contribute to similar initiatives.

Following the presentations, attendees had ample time to engage in further networking. The event also allowed attendees to have the unique opportunity to go down onto the pitch at the AESSEAL New York Stadium and take penalties on the pitch! What a way to (literally) kick-off your day!

Jonny Allan, Community Programme Manager at RUCT, said “It was amazing to see so many like-minded individuals and organisations come together to support Rotherham United Community Trust and Rotherham Hospital & Community Charity on Friday 17th May. To hear about how important it is to business leaders that their organisation is seen to be and actually is supporting their local community is really important for the charity sector as a whole.

Our participants are at the very heart of everything we do across the 100+ programmes we deliver each week and they rely on our services, whether that is to become more physically active, improve their mental health, prevent anti-social behaviour and offer employment opportunities or open up talent pathways, Rotherham United Community Trust relies on short to medium term funding streams which are more competitive than ever in the current financial climate.

We pride ourselves in offering genuine partnership working and are excited to see what comes of the many connections we made on the day. If you haven’t already reached out and would like to know more about the 2025 club, created to support the trust, then please contact Jonathan Allan directly: jallan@rotherhamunited.net to arrange a conversation.

Rachael Dawes, Head of Fundraising at the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, said: “Organising a high profile networking event, creating an inspiring topic and encouraging enough people to attend is certainly a challenge, so we were thrilled that more than 100 people joined us at Rotherham United for our latest event.

NHS charities aren’t always be the first choice for individuals and businesses when it comes to charitable giving, but they play a crucial role in enhancing patient care, especially during these times of immense demand on the NHS.

Over the last two years we have seen support for the charity grow tremendously. My colleagues at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust go above and beyond every day, and as a charity, we are dedicated to supporting them in offering the best patient care possible. It was great to be able to showcase the incredible things we do for our patients and their families and how businesses can support us in so many ways, whether through fundraising, sponsoring events, volunteering or sharing their skills.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the event and pledged their support. It was rewarding to see everyone so enthused and motivated about everything social value!”

The success of the business breakfast networking event paves the way for future gatherings aimed at strengthening the ties between local businesses and community organisations. For more information about upcoming events and how to get involved, please visit the Rotherham United Community Trust website and the Rotherham Hospital & Community Charity website.