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UK and Japan: Friends and partners

Kate Arthurs

, January 7, 2019 — Culture

Director Arts, British Council

Considering the distance between our countries, our cultural relationship with Japan is in very good shape.Both Japan and the UK are renowned for outstanding arts and culture that attracts worldwide attention. We show remarkably high levels of connection in the arts, and there is a strong drive towards closer cooperation in other sectors, including education,…

Go Global Africa 2019

Louise Sheridan

, — Digital

Head of International Tech Hub Network

Did you know that the UK has produced 1 in 5 of the continent’s billion-dollar tech unicorns and is home to the big European tech investors, with 7 of Europe’s 10 leading unicorn venture capital hunter funds?Did you know it is a magnet for tech talent with 1 in 5 international movers choosing the UK,…

Introducing the Digital Connectivity Portal

Barrier Busting Taskforce

, December 20, 2018 — Digital

In government, we want to make sure all communities and businesses across the UK can benefit from world-class digital connectivity. This is why we have launched the Digital Connectivity Portal, an online resource for local authorities and communications network providers with guidance to support investment in  broadband and mobile networks. World-class digital connectivity High-quality and…

#LocalCharitiesDay: The Lewis Foundation

Lorraine Lewis

, December 14, 2018 — Civil Society

Founder & CEO - The Lewis Foundation

Our storyIn 2010, Janice Lewis, Lee’s mum, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma cancer and Northampton hospital for the next four years became our lives. We quickly identified what a tough time it was for people – financially, physically and emotionally. We also saw the loneliness people experienced outside visiting hours and also for those who had no…

#LocalCharitiesDay: How TSB is helping local communities

George Gordon

, December 13, 2018 — Civil Society

Director of Corporate Affairs, TSB

As a community Bank, with a brand rooted in helping local people for more than 200 years, TSB understands the crucial role that local charities play in communities up and down the country. Since last September, Partners in our branches have raised over £575,000 for the 450 local charities they support. That’s why on Friday…

Increasing audiences, improving experiences

Kate Carreno

, — Culture

Assistant Director, Operations and Engagement at The Fitzwilliam Museum

Find out what a difference the VAT 33a scheme has made to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The inclusion of university museums in the scheme to recover VAT in 2004, while retaining free admission to the museum and permanent collections, was very welcome. The decision to apply was very straightforward as the benefits are substantial…

#LocalCharitiesDay: Home-Start South Leicestershire

Stella Renwick

, — Civil Society

Home-Start South Leicestershire, Charity Development Manager

Home-Start South Leicestershire has been helping local families in difficulties across the large rural District of Harborough for over 34 years. We offer a particular brand of bespoke, non-judgemental support with a significant amount of help coming from a large team of local befriending volunteers, which has proven so effective with families because, as one…

#LocalCharitiesDay: The Renewal Trust (Nottingham)

Cherry Underwood

, December 12, 2018 — Civil Society

CEO, The Renewal Trust

We’re celebrating our 21st birthday this year so we’ll be marking Local Charities Day 2018 by asking local people to help shape the next 21 years. We’ll be talking and listening to people in the communities we work with, and across Nottingham, to make sure our services and activities continue to provide exactly what local…

#LocalCharitiesDay: Kent Community Foundation

Hannah Lawrence

, December 6, 2018 — Civil Society

Communications Executive, Kent Community Foundation

Local Charities Day is a great initiative for putting the spotlight on local groups and charities doing amazing work beneath the radar, something that, as the Community Foundation for Kent and Medway, is extremely close to our hearts.We provide financial support to hundreds of charities and deserving causes throughout the county each year – particularly…

#LocalCharitiesDay: Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind

Thomas Fishenden

, November 26, 2018 — Civil Society

Marketing Apprentice, Maidstone & Mid Kent Mind

Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind (MMKM) is delighted to be connecting with local charities across the county and blogging about our work across this past year. Last year, we found Local Charities Day to be an incredibly beneficial experience, providing us with an opportunity to learn all about other local organisations and groups who were working within…