xmas 1 smallFriday 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

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christmas lunchPlease find attached the invite to the annual Connect Dacorum & Dacorum Community Trust’s Christmas Lunch. This is the 10th year we have been running this hugely popular joint event and this year it is being held at Shendish Manor Hotel in Apsley on Friday 14th December at 12.00 midday. The lunch is sponsored by Shendish Manor Hotel, Osbornes, B&M Care, NGK, Maylands Business Centre and UK Power Reserve.

With usually around 130-150 attendees including 3 Mayors, 2 MPs and our guest speaker who this year we are delighted to have Dan Dark, Senior Vice President of Warner Bros Stuidos in Leavesden, this event is very popular and is an ideal event to invite some of your key staff or valued customers along with you. In honour of Dan this year we will be naming the tables after Warner Bros Leavesden films.

Tickets remain this year at only £30.00 each (or a table of 10 for £275) and include a traditional 3 course Christmas lunch.

Please send your reply slip with payment to Dacorum Community Trust, The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, Herts. HP1 1DN.  Do please let us know of any special dietary requirements.

It would be great to see you all there to celebrate another great year for our community.

If you are able to offer any raffle or auction prizes please do let me know, this would very much be appreciated.

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Shendish Manor Hotel, London Road, Apsley, HP3 0AA                     




About this event:

This interactive event brings students from the nine mainstream Dacorum schools, in direct contact with employers and training providers in one venue with the overall aim of:

  • Helping young people gain meaningful encounters with employers
  • Teaching young people about a variety of local jobs and industries
  • Educating students about the varied routes into work
  • Enabling teachers and school staff to interact and network with employers

Employer/Exhibitor guidelines:

The event targets students in Y11 and Y12 (ages 15-17)

We encourage you to bring along employees who will enjoy getting out from behind the stand, engaging with the young people, and talking to Teachers and Careers Leads too

Where at all possible, please have an interactive activity on your stand - please inform us if you need power or have any other requirements for your stand

We would like Employers/Exhibitors to please talk about the sector your company represents as well as your specific company – this helps young people to understand the breadth of jobs both within your company and the sector as a whole, e.g. the building sector doesn’t just employ building/manual roles, they also employ marketeers, accountants, IT staff, etc., etc.

Employers/Exhibitors are asked for a £25 suggested contribution to the fair – Shendish Manor have kindly donated their venue free of charge for the Fair, the nominal charge for stands enables us to provide refreshments for Employers throughout the day as well as subsidising the marketing and promotional materials for the event

The Organisers

This event is led by the team of Enterprise Advisers who support the participating Dacorum schools. An Enterprise Adviser is a business volunteer who supports an individual school to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks which, in turn, help develop a school’s overall careers programme.  The Enterprise Adviser Network is a national programme owned by The Careers and Enterprise Company, which in Hertfordshire is managed jointly by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and YC Hertfordshire.   For more information see here https://bit.ly/2yPmPRI.  This is the first event of its kind created by Enterprise Advisers.  This event is supported by Connect Dacorum and Dacorum Borough Council.

We are currently sorting out the booking link, size of area available, and finer details and as soon as I have that I will update you. If you would like to book a stand please let me have the details of who will be the main contact (including email and telephone number), what industry area your company is in, what types of roles you would be looking for, how many people would be coming from your organisation (maximum 2).