Teams prepare to get inspired

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Two local business teams have thrown their respective caps into the ring in a charitable attempt to prove that they have the best business brains in the Harrogate district.

Harrogate-based companies Engage Mutual and CNG are the first teams to sign up for this year’s ‘You’re Inspired’ charity challenge, where teams are invited to use their entrepreneurial nous to raise as much money as possible for Saint Michael’s during the month of October.

Based on BBC1’s The Apprentice, the teams of local businesses, groups and organisations will be given four weeks and a £100 cash ‘loan’ to undertake their own fundraising activities before returning to the Saint Michael’s boardroom in the hope of hearing the words: “You’re inspired!”

Leader of the CNG team, managing director Jacqui Hall, said: ““The team at CNG are always up for a challenge. We love to get involved with Saint Michael’s and thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to use our business skills.”

Steve Barry, HR director at Engage Mutual, said: “As one of Engage Mutual’s chosen charities, we understand how vital the work of Saint Michael’s is to the local community and to make hopefully a big contribution to that is what it’s all about.”

The teams will raise vital funds for Saint Michael’s, the charity that provides specialist care and support to more than 2,400 local people living with terminal illness and bereavement. Saint Michael’s continues to improve the services at its hospice on Hornbeam Park, works with the NHS to assist people living at home at the end of their life, runs the area’s first comprehensive bereavement support service, and plays a leading role in developing a palliative care strategy for the area.

The charity receives a £660,000 grant from the NHS towards the £3.8m needed to maintain its current range of services- meaning the majority of its costs have to be funded through the local community and its own fundraising initiatives, such as You’re Inspired.

Tony Collins, chief executive of Saint Michael’s, said: “You’re Inspired is a fast-paced, competitive and fun event that teams can really get their entrepreneurial teeth into.

“We’re delighted that two businesses have already signed up, but urge as many local groups as possible to get involved and be part of this fantastic event”. 
You’re Inspired is sponsored by Unit 4, the Harrogate-based finance systems specialists. Registration costs £20 per team and closes on Friday, September 14.

To register or find out more, call 01423 879 687.