Dec 14 front page

 In this issue:

  •          Christmas Lunch at Pendley Manor Hotel
  •          October’s Networking Lunch
  •          New members
  •          Dragons Apprentice Update
  •          Great Companies doing Great Things in Dacorum


Below is the invite to the annual Connect Dacorum and Dacorum Community Trust’s (DCT) Christmas Lunch. This year it is being held at Pendley Manor Hotel in Tring on Friday 5th December at 12.00 midday.

The event is an annual celebration of company support for the local community in the Dacorum area. Connect Dacorum and DCT host the lunch and invite all their supporting companies and friends.

Mike Penning MP and David Gauke MP both attend as well as the Mayor of Dacorum, the Mayor of Berkhamsted and the Mayor of Tring. We are expecting around 140 guests at the Christmas lunch, including business leaders from large and small companies, state organisations and other charities.

Our special guest speaker this year is Alp Mehmet who is is a former British diplomat and one of the United Kingdom's first two ethnic minority ambassadors, along with Anwar Choudhury

All Connect Dacorum Members and DCT supporters will be presented with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Mayor of Dacorum and presented by Mike Penning MP and David Gauke MP.  This event is becoming more popular each year and is a great time to invite some of your key staff or valued customers along with you.

Tickets are only £27.50 each and include a traditional 3 course Christmas lunch.

it would be great to see you all there to celebrate a great year for our community.


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philanthropyOur next networking lunch will be held on Wednesday 22nd October from 11.30am to 2.00pm and will have a theme of Philanthropy

If you would like to come along to our event, meet like-minded local companies, discover the benefits of Connect Dacorum and hear the inspiring presentations of the guest speakers do email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To be held at: South Hill Centre, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF

(there is parking for disabled only on site on the day, please use the pay and display Water Gardens car park which is only a short walk away)

Business Members – Free

Non-members - £10


11.30am         Arrival and networking opportunities

12.00pm        Introduction from Cindy Withey – Connect Dacorum

Guest Speakers:

Annette Yates - Grass Roots  

Philippa Taylor - Champneys

Zohar Marer – Golden Giving

Margaret Kingston - Dacorum Community Trust

1.00pm          Networking and buffet lunch

2.00pm          Conclusion

Thirteen teams of students from schools across Dacorum will be putting their entrepreneurial skills to the test as young Apprentices in the 3rd annual Connect Dacorum Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. The Challenge, which was launched on Tuesday, will run concurrently within seven independent regions across Hertfordshire.

The Challenge pairs teams of Year 12 students from schools with local business people (a Dragon). Each team is then matched with a local charity or community group and tasked with devising a business plan to turn £100 into £1000 or more. All profits generated are passed directly to the team’s charity.

At the launch, held at Astley Cooper School, Connect Dacorum Manager, Cindy Withey, matched the teams with a Dragon and with the charities and community groups that each team will support. The Apprentices then spent time getting to know about the work and objectives of the charities and community groups and were introduced to their Dragon. Over the next few months the teams will work closely with their Dragons to devise business based projects to raise money and awareness for their charities. With guidance from their Dragons, the teams will learn about entrepreneurship, managing a business, communications, finance, organisation and other job related skills, all of which will be of positive and practical value in the next stage of their education and development.

Teams can win awards for the most money earned, most innovative product/service or business idea, best example of close co-operation between team and charity, best presentation and best display panel. After the final reports have been judged by a panel of Super Dragons, six teams will be shortlisted to deliver a presentation at the awards event at Shendish Hotel in Apsley on March 23rd  2015, in a bid to become the overall winner of the 2014/15 Challenge in Dacorum.

Last year ten teams finished the challenge and raised over £11,500 for their charities.  All schools were invited to take part this year and some schools have even put in more than one team. Cindy Withey, project leader of the Dacorum Challenge said, “We’re overwhelmed with the interest and excitement that the Challenge is generating. We’re excited to see what the teams develop over the next 5 months and look forward to our Awards Evening.”

In addition to Dacorum the Challenge will run independently in Broxbourne/E Herts, Hertsmere, N.Herts/Stevenage, St Albans area, Welwyn & Hatfield, Watford. 

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