So the festive season is well and truly upon us, and as I take a moment to reflect and look back on what’s happened here at Henshalls in 2019, I can’t actually believe how busy we’ve been when it comes to working to support the local community.
We started the year off with the launch of our Henshalls Helps service – a bespoke online portal that has proved to be an invaluable resource for employers and businesses with information on health and safety, human resources, risk management, legislative updates and insurance requirements, all accessible 24 hours a day.
And the busy start to the year continued with a successful application we made for funding to support The Wellington Orbit, a community benefit and arts society. They needed help to raise money to improve disabled access and thanks to our application to the 2018 Aviva Community Fund on their behalf, they were allocated a £1,000 grant.
The Spring of 2019 was a particularly exciting time for all of us at Henshalls as we announced the acquisition of Staffordshire firm Bayliss & Cooke, from Stafford, which made us one of the region’s largest independent brokers.
When it comes to charity, we’ve certainly not rested on our laurels this year either – the calendar has been jam-packed with events where colleagues have put themselves to the test to raise vital cash.
And our director Dave is never far from the frontline when it comes to tackling a challenge! This year he joined other local cycling fans to cycle from Shrewsbury to Barnsley (120 miles in just two days!) before taking on the Shropshire Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Shrewsbury Town in the Community.
The charity fund raising didn’t stop there either – we supported Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s 1,000 Builders fund raising appeal that aims to raise £1 million by March 2021 to help secure the long-term maintenance and conservation of heritage assets in the area.
And there was a keenly-fought golf day with friends from Nick Jones Wealth Management to raise money for Henshalls director Bryan Cutter (who is currently battling cancer) so that he can give it to a charity of his choice. Colleagues will also join Bryan to run the London Landmarks half marathon in 2020 for the Tommy’s charity too.
We supported the Friends of Telford Town Park with a donation and secured £2,500 funding through this year’s QBE Charity of Choice Awards for the Climbing Out charity set up by local athlete Kelda Wood.
We’re conscious that if we’re going to continue to be successful in business, we need to take care of our staff too. And that’s why our colleague Jayne completed a course run by Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to become our mental health champion in the workplace.
Phew! When you actually look back, it’s a wonder we actually managed to get any work done in between all these incredible challenges, campaigns and events! Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts in 2019 – and here’s to an even busier and more productive 2020!