Friday 14th December saw our 10th Christmas Lunch to celebrate company support for the local community. Connect Dacorum hosted the annual Christmas Lunch alongside Dacorum Community Trust (DCT) and it was held at Shendish Manor Hotel and we invited all our supporting companies and friends.
David Gauke MP and Sir Mike Penning MP attended, as well as the Mayor of Dacorum and her consort, The Mayor of Tring and her consort and the Mayor of Berkhamsted and other local dignitaries. We had 147 guests including business leaders from large and small companies, state organisations and charities.
The annual lunch was sponsored by Shenddish Manor Hotel, NGK Spark Plugs, UK Power Reserve, B&M Care, Osborne and Maylands Business Centre, without which we would not have been able to put on such a fabulous event.
The Mayor of Dacorum, Cllr Rosie Sutton welcomed everyone and talked about the importance of businesses, statutory organisations and charities working together as a community which helps create a better life for all in the Dacorum area. She also talked about some of the pleasureable activities she has taken part in since becoming Mayor such as recently judging a children's Christmas card competition.
Our guest speaker was Rachel Parsons, Head of PR and Communications at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden who have a great reputation in the area for helping the community. Rachel talked about their involvement with Connect Dacorum and also their connections with other local charities.
Th studios have a world class collection of some of the UKs largest soundstages and tanks and many high profile films have been made there such as Fantastic Beasts, Paddington, The Legend of Tarzan, Justice League, Wonder Woman and Ready Player One among many others.
Warner Bros Studios Leavesden believe that helping others is a vital part of being a successful business and their staff have been committed to volunteering their time and helping build much needed resources like a sensory room and mobile classroom.
During 2018 they also held an inspiring "Ability in Disability" event at their offices and invited local businesses to come along. Many of them pledged to do something to help in the future, whether is it to take on someone for work experience or to change their policies to encourage more applications from people with disabilities.
Cindy thanked all the guests for their involvement with Connect Dacorum and DCT over the past year and Claire Furnell-Williams from DCT talked about the important work they do within the borough.
Companies who were at the lunch and who have supported the two organisations during 2018 were
Abode Bed EcoService (UK) Ltd MBS Workplace Solutions Sopra Steria
Aubrey Park Hotel Furnell Transport NGK Spark Plugs St James Place Finance
B&M Care Glow Training Osbornes Swan Youth Project
Berko Chamber Herts Chamber Paul Jenkins Connection Sweet Charity
Business Buzz HH Comm. Church Peggy Barnard & Co Ten2Two
CAP Hunton Park Hotel Purple Swan Ltd The Hospice of St Francis
Collett School Indigo Tree Digital Ruth George HR Consultant The Business Ghost
Cornergate Just2Connect Raydens Solicitors The Hospice Lottery
DBC/Maylands Karate Kids SEN HR Consulting UK Power Reserve
DENS Kings Langley School Shendish Manor Hotel Venue Queen
DEMAND Kris Gruber Photos Sheng Nuo Ltd Warner Bros Studios Leavesden
Druglink Liberty Tea Rooms SJ Locks Waterways Experiences
EIC Insurance Machins Solicitors Squire Estates Workspace Technology
Others who couldn’t make the lunch but definitely deserve a much appreciated ‘Thank You’ are:
AFCC Ltd, Blue Shield Fire Protection, Braceys Accountants, Capricorn Security and Training Ltd, Eckoh, Epson, Greenfleets Vehicle Leasing, Hemel Hempstead School, Hemel Hempstead Holiday Inn, Jade Advisory, Kingston Smith LLP, Longdean School, Lorica Insurance Brokers, Martin Brower UK Ltd, Pendley Manor Hotel, Riverside Shopping Centre, Satellite Creative, Storax Racking Supplies, The Laureat Academy, The Healthy Working Partnership, The Snow Centre, West Herts College