Corporate social responsibility is at the heart of everything I get involved with and I’m proud to be involved with a range of projects that represent the ethos I’ve instilled in my own business activities over the years.
Investment in the business community is very important to me, I’ve been involved with the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years supporting a range of businesses and professionals.
Additionally I’ve mentored a selection of entrepreneurs and business owners to help them develop their potential in order that they create clear strategies to realise their goals.
I’m committed to educating the next generation in order that they achieve their potential. Recently I became involved with the LEAD Programme at Runshaw College and developed a relationship with Lancaster University on the back of winning the Lancashire Be Inspired Business Awards (which LUMS sponsors).
One of the reasons I wanted to be an Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University was the opportunity it presented to really make a difference, hopefully the students I’ve worked with to date have benefited from the experience I’ve shared with them as an interviewee to the student groups.
I’ve always aimed to support charities and over the years I’ve been able to help out in a number of different ways. As such, I’ve been involved with the sponsorship of charitable events, fundraisers and by just getting involved and mucking in, when and where I can.
Over the last few years the OBAS Group has worked with a number of charities, although we’ve mainly raised money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation, a local charity which raises money for extra equipment and facilities for cancer patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The foundation also funds local research, helping to provide the best possible for patients. Fundraising for Rosemere has seen the OBAS team Dragon Boat Racing on Preston Docks and climbing the height of Ben Nevis on a climbing wall.
Through my work with the North & Western Lancashire Chamber I’ve been heavily involved with the business community of the North West.
I’ve also worked on the development of the Longridge area through my work as a Town Team member with the Longridge Business Group, which has created an emphasis for Longridge becoming a national model when creating a sustainable community.