The finishing touches to Renfrewshire’s £11million LED Street Lighting Programme are underway as a survey of street lighting levels takes place as the last stage of implementation.

Councillor Cathy McEwan with workers carrying out the lighting survey

Initial feedback from the survey, which began in July, has returned positive results with levels shown to be in excess of the minimum required.

Lighting levels are being measured on every street in Renfrewshire with any corrective actions shown to be needed being undertaken in advance of the winter months.

The £11million programme saw almost 30,000 street lights upgraded to replace existing sodium lights with new, low-energy LED technology.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Board, said: “It was important to assess the street lighting before the darker nights are upon us to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists in Renfrewshire.

“The initial feedback from the audit shows light levels are in excess of the minimum lighting levels required for residential areas which is encouraging.

“We will continue to ensure lighting in all areas is sufficient for residents to feel comfortable when walking in their communities and repairs will be undertaken where lighting falls below the required standard.

“The switch to LED lights will provide a significant saving for the Council and will reduce our energy usage considerably which allows us to meet our consumption targets.”

The significant investment will see the Council’s carbon footprint reduced by almost one-eighth as the new energy-efficient LED lights use 62% less electricity than conventional lights.

A net saving of £750,000 each year is set to be achieved through the increased average life span of the street lights, which will now last up to 20 years compared to a previous average of four years.

The review commenced in July and coincides with an improved performance in street lighting repairs which saw more than 99% of repairs being completed within seven days of being reported.

Further information on the replacement programme can be found via www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/LEDlights

It seems like all the young dudes will be among the audiences at a host of concerts, events and exhibitions being held in Renfrewshire this autumn.

Michael King as David Bowie, second from right, and his band with copies of the latest Renfrewshire Leisure What’s On Guide

That’s according to David Bowie tribute act, Michael King who has got hands on the latest edition of the What’s On Guide produced by Renfrewshire Leisure.

Michael features in Starman – The David Bowie Story, at Paisley Town Hall, on Saturday, September 2.
The Autumn What’s On Guide covers all the performances, events and exhibitions taking place locally from August to December.

And the latest edition has a 1980s style design to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Paisley Arts Centre, which opened on October 31, 1987.

Highlights include the shows from this year’s Spree; for the first time, a Hallowe’en Ball, at Paisley Town Hall and two Christmas tribute nights at Johnstone Town Hall.

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of Paisley Arts Centre, there will be a display of the venue’s posters through the years; an exhibition from the Visible Fictions theatre company, whose first ventures into theatre were at the Arts Centre and Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre’s presentation of The Gingerbread Man.

And to mark the 30th anniversary of the novel, Espedair Street, by Iain Banks, the late author’s life and his first book, which was set in Paisley, is celebrated with words, music, food and whisky, at an event in Paisley Town Hall, hosted by local playwright, Alan Bissett.

Renfrewshire Leisure’s chief executive, Joyce McKellar said: “As always there are lots of entertaining and interesting shows and events for everyone in culture-rich Renfrewshire.
“And it’s particularly eventful this autumn, as we’re coming up to the 30th anniversary of a local cultural icon that is Paisley Arts Centre.”

The Autumn What’s On Guide can be picked up for free at Paisley Museum, Paisley Arts Centre, the town halls at Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew or download a version on www.renfrewshireleisure.com <http://www.renfrewshireleisure.com>  .

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A proposed bill that would see children get the same rights and protection as adults has been welcomed by Renfrewshire Council’s Education Convener.

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Councillor Jim Paterson, Convener of the Council’s Education and Children’s Services Policy Board, praised the proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Private Members’ Bill as bringing legislation into accordance with United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of a Child.

Internationally studies have shown that physical punishment has the potential to damage children and carries a risk of escalating into physical abuse.

Instead, parents should be supported to manage their children’s behaviour in positive ways that ensure children are safeguarded in the home and in the community.

Councillor Paterson said: “Children should feel safe and respected in their family home and we know that physical punishment can damage their mental health and prevent them from forming healthy relationships with parents or family members. Ensuring children have the same rights of protection from assault as an adult is vital and I welcome the values behind this proposed bill.

“Parenting is a difficult job; however children don’t need to be disciplined through violence. Moving away from physical punishment to more positive and less damaging means of discipline and guidance is not only good for children, it is also better for parents and family units.

“This proposed bill firmly puts the role of protecting children from harm in everyone’s hands. Children who are physically punished can experience difficulty interacting with people later in life and in some cases, they may be physically abused. If this bill becomes law, we will have taken a significant step forward in ensuring children are safeguarded from harm.”

Anyone with concerns about a child at risk of abuse or neglect should contact the Council’s child protection team on 0300 300 1199.

For more information, visit www.no-worries.org.uk.

WOAD WEEK

ReMode’s FREE natural dyeing workshops

Lochwinnoch Parish Church

Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st of August

Summary of Activity

Over the course of the week participants will gain a strong understanding of how to create natural dye baths in order to dye; fabric, yarn and garments – using a range of techniques. Participants will dye garments for sale in ReMode and produce a technical file to take away with them for future reference. The focus for the week will be using Woad, a native blue natural dye, which we will use alongside a selection of other locally foraged plants to extend the range of colours we can achieve.

While the week has been set out as a journey from beginning to end, it will be possible for participants to drop in and out and we can re-cap anything that they will need to know. I will also have a natural inks kit and drawing materials available to fill any gaps if necessary.

Timetable of Activities

Tuesday 29th – Introduction to Natural Dyes and Vat Creation

12-3pm  

1. Brief Intro

2. Creation of hydrosulfite vat

3. Creation of fermentation vat

4. Discussion on mordants / fibres / natural dyeing as a process / sustainability

 5. Maintaining hyrdrosulfite vat

6. Adding to fermentation vat

7. Prepping sample books

 8. Initial fabric tests

6-9pm

7. Re-cap on process so far for new participants

8. More fabric tests

9. Initial shibori technique tests

10. Maintaining hyrdrosulfite vat

11. Adding to fermentation vat

Wednesday 30th – Dyeing Techniques Part 1

12 -3pm

1. Maintaining vats

2. Further testing if necessary

3. Beginning to dye garments

4. Further techniques explained

5. Creation of second set of vats fresh / powdered

6-9pm

6. Maintenance of vats

7. Foraging walk for over-dying

8. Further garment dyeing

 9. Prep for tomorrows sessions

Thursday 31st – Dyeing Techniques Part 2

12 -3pm

1. Creation of new dye pots with foraged plant matter

2. Maintenance of vats

3. Testing of new colours

4. Over-dying of some garments

6pm-9pm

5. Maintenance of vats

6. More testing

7. More over-dying

8. Paste application / print techniques

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In Paisley, our Saturday classes have restarted. We have Musical Tots (Ages 1-2, 2-4), Musical Maestros (Ages 3-5), Junior Musicianship (Ages 5-9) and Theory & Musicianship (Ages 8-11). We are also taking names for a Children’s choir which will run from 2.45 to 3.45 on Saturdays.

Our Annual Concert is taking place on Thursday September 14th in the Methodist Central Halls from 6.45pm to 9.30pm. Pupils are invited to perform a song they have been learning, and there will also be performances by the teachers. Light refreshments will be available at the concert. Tickets are pay at the door – £5 for an adult, £2.50 for children.

In Barrhead we have our open day on Saturday 9th September from 10am – 4pm in the Voluntary Action Centre, 56 Kelburn Street Barrhead G78 1LR. People can pop in for some light refreshments, hear about what we do and meet some of the tutors who will be teaching at Barrhead.

Our Barrhead classes start back on Saturday 16th September. We have We have Musical Tots (Ages 1-2, 2-4), Musical Maestros (Ages 3-5), Junior Musicianship (Ages 5-9). We will also be starting a Piano Tots class which will run on Wednesdays at 10am (Start date to be confirmed). We will also be offering midweek lessons on piano, guitar, drums, singing, violin and more.

For more information on any of the classes and lessons we offer, contact us on 07896689816 or 0141 3286983 or by email at info@dianemitchellmusicschool.com

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Paisley’s iconic Russell Institute was officially opened this week as Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, joined invited guests and Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson to celebrate the occasion.

Kevin Stewart MSP with Cllr Iain Nicolson (Leader of Renfrewshire Council)

Guests who attended the event were given the opportunity to tour the category A-listed building in the heart of Paisley which has been transformed through a £5 million investment into a Skills & Employability Hub.

The completion of this project is one of a range of initiatives aimed at bolstering business and driving people back to the town centre. This is a fundamental aspect of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The work at the Institute was sparked by the passion of local volunteers in the Paisley Development Trust and was funded by the Council, Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repairs Grant.

The former health centre is now home to Skills Development Scotland and the Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire employability team.

It houses around 120 employees including careers and employability staff helping unemployed people across Renfrewshire and working closely with local businesses to create further jobs and grow the local economy.

Main contractors CBC Ltd were charged with ensuring the distinctive features of the Institute were retained, from its ornate sculptures on the outside of the building, to its stunning staircase and balcony inside.

The Institute marked its 90th anniversary this year so the reopening of the building is just one reason to celebrate this iconic local landmark.

Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to the official opening of the wonderfully restored Russell Institute in the heart of Paisley.

“Investing in community-led regeneration is a key part of our approach and I’d like to congratulate the Paisley Development Trust, the Council and the project team for securing the funding, including £2m from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, which has enabled the restoration of this iconic building back to its former glory.

“This is a great example of how we can use existing assets to regenerate our town centres and support local communities.”

Councillor Nicolson said: “It is fantastic to see the great work that has been done to refurbish this stunning building and bring it back into use.

“As a Skills and Employability Hub, the Russell Institute will provide an excellent environment in a central location to help generate new jobs and opportunities for the people of Renfrewshire.”

A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland said: “We’re delighted our funding is being used to help transform this prominent Paisley landmark. The project will bring the building back into use and created a first class facility providing a skills and employability hub which will benefit the local community now and in the years to come.”

The Russell Institute will be open to the public on 2 and 3 September as part of Doors Open Day.

Paisley’s iconic Russell Institute was officially opened this week as Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, joined invited guests and Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson to celebrate the occasion.

Guests who attended the event were given the opportunity to tour the category A-listed building in the heart of Paisley which has been transformed through a £5 million investment into a Skills & Employability Hub.

The completion of this project is one of a range of initiatives aimed at bolstering business and driving people back to the town centre. This is a fundamental aspect of the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The work at the Institute was sparked by the passion of local volunteers in the Paisley Development Trust and was funded by the Council, Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund and Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repairs Grant.

The former health centre is now home to Skills Development Scotland and the Council’s Invest in Renfrewshire employability team.

It houses around 120 employees including careers and employability staff helping unemployed people across Renfrewshire and working closely with local businesses to create further jobs and grow the local economy.

Main contractors CBC Ltd were charged with ensuring the distinctive features of the Institute were retained, from its ornate sculptures on the outside of the building to its stunning staircase and balcony inside.

The Institute marked its 90th anniversary this year so the reopening of the building is just one reason to celebrate this iconic local landmark.

Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to the official opening of the wonderfully restored Russell Institute in the heart of Paisley.

“Investing in community-led regeneration is a key part of our approach and I’d like to congratulate the Paisley Development Trust, the Council and the project team for securing the funding, including £2m from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, which has enabled the restoration of this iconic building back to its former glory.

“This is a great example of how we can use existing assets to regenerate our town centres and support local communities.”

Councillor Nicolson said: “It is fantastic to see the great work that has been done to refurbish this stunning building and bring it back into use.

“As a Skills and Employability Hub, the Russell Institute will provide an excellent environment in a central location to help generate new jobs and opportunities for the people of Renfrewshire.”

A spokesperson for Historic Environment Scotland said: “We’re delighted our funding is being used to help transform this prominent Paisley landmark. The project will bring the building back into use and created a first class facility providing a skills and employability hub which will benefit the local community now and in the years to come.”

The Russell Institute will be open to the public on 2 and 3 September as part of Doors Open Day.

Whilst Paisley’s entertainment offerings are sometimes overshadowed by nearby Glasgow, there is still plenty to enjoy in the town without having to take a trip to the big city.

Anybody who grew up in Paisley will know how its nightlife options once used to focus on legendary nights at the Watermill Hotel and Friars Hall. But there are many more modern developments that give Paisley’s residents plenty of opportunities to enjoy themselves.

Live music venues like The Bungalow on Shuttle Street regularly put on events by top class touring bands, and with even a member of the Sex Pistols making an appearance in October, it shows how this venue is becoming a respected part of the national touring circuit.

Similarly, The Cave has also been building a growing reputation for supporting Paisley’s live music scene by putting on showcases most Fridays and Saturdays. And whilst it may have some way to go before it matches Glasgow’s King Tuts for music entertainment, it still represents a nice bonus for Paisley’s music fans.

And seeing as Paisley is in the running for City of Culture in 2021, it could be looking forward to improving its offerings in many other areas too.

Whilst you don’t need to visit Glasgow to play casino games due to the slots game offerings at Paisley’s land-based gaming establishment, Admiral Casino, even this has some way to go before it matches the range of table games and bonuses that can be found via the Red8s online gaming resource. So hopefully the 2021 City of Culture bid could seriously diversify Paisley’s nightlife and cultural offerings

But if you’re looking to really let your hair down, then it’s probably the Blur nights that take place at Vienna’s nightclub on New Street that will give you chance to really celebrate the weekend. Similarly, the Fantoosh nightclub down the road has also earned a strong reputation for its hardcore partying with the benefit of the Kilty Kilty Paisley Night Cafe that serves hot food until 4am.

Even if 90s-themed music and dance classics aren’t your thing, it’s been great to see how the legendary Club 69 has reopened under new management to provide a quality selection of techno sounds courtesy of their special dance music nights.

But for those who are merely seeking a quiet pint, then Paisley offers an unparalleled selection of fun and friendly pubs. Whilst pubs like The Bull Inn are real local favourites, it seems that The Wee Howff recently received a surprise appearance by Rod Stewart that must have been a real bonus for the owners!

 

A choir of African children are set to return to Paisley for a night of spectacular entertainment as part of their tour around Scotland and Yorkshire.

The Singing Children of Africa Choir, which is made up of youngsters aged nine to 16-years-old from the Jolaurabi School in Mombasa, Kenya, will bring The Angels Tour 2017 to Paisley Town Hall next month.

The group were set up by Scottish charity Educate the Kids, who raise funds towards the youngsters’ education and development by bringing the choir over for concerts around the country.

Since forming in 1998, the charity has built two schools and an orphanage which have provided primary and secondary education for thousands of children.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Renfrewshire Council supporting the event and forms part of the exciting and expanding calendar of cultural events taking place in the area as part of Paisley’s bid to be named UK City of Culture in 2021.

Last month, the town was named as the only Scottish place on the shortlist for the prestigious title.

The Singing Children of Africa Choir last visited Renfrewshire in August 2016 and performed in a number of locations, including Craigielea Care Home, Renfrew, Renfrew High School, Intu Braehead and Glasgow Airport before a main show at the Central Methodist Halls in Gauze Street.

Back by popular demand, the choir’s concert takes place at Paisley Town Hall on Sunday 17 September and will feature a number of guests, including the Renfrewshire Community Gospel Choir.

As well as playing the historic Paisley Town Hall, the choir will also perform shows in Alloa, Dundee, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Livingston and Yorkshire.

Volunteers Mike and Lynn Baldwin from Renfrew first got involved with the Educate the Kids charity over 10 years ago.

The couple were keen to support the charity after being touched by a story on its work and the Singing Children of Africa Choir in a national newspaper.

Mike Baldwin said: “Lynn was brought to tears after reading a story about the charity’s work and that made us decide that we were going to sponsor a child. We were also asked if we’d be keen to get the choir over for some shows and it’s continued to grow since then.

“After one visit to Renfrewshire, one child called Daniel asked us to come and stay with him in Kenya and a few years later we were finally able to go over. We’ve been to Kenya six times now and did work at the school, as well as providing food, clothing and helping to build a school.

“The children will be staying at the Bible Centre in Inchinnan and will visit a number of places in the area during their stay. The people of Paisley and Renfrewshire are so generous and the charity always loves bringing the children here. We’d love for as many people as possible to come along and see the Singing Children of Africa Choir at Paisley Town Hall.”

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: “I am delighted to welcome the wonderful Singing Children of Africa Choir back to Paisley for another fabulous show. The children entertained many people across Renfrewshire on their last visit and it will be a truly special sight to see them perform in Paisley’s famous Town Hall.

“The work of Educate the Kids gives the children a chance to grow up with the education they deserve, which would have been impossible to access without the charity’s help.

“This is another example of the diverse range of cultural activities taking place across Renfrewshire and this is central to our Paisley 2021 programme. Culture improves people’s lives and the Singing Children of Africa Choir project illustrates that while also showcasing some of the superb musical talent we have here in Renfrewshire.”

The choir will perform The Angels Tour in Paisley Town Hall on Sunday 17 September from 7pm to 10pm. Tickets are £8/£5 (conc) + booking fee and are available from the Renfrewshire Leisure box office at https://boxoffice.renfrewshire.gov.uk/show.asp.

Find out how you can sponsor a child at https://www.educatethekids.com/support-a-child/.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan has backed Paisley 2021 as Scotland’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

(l-r): Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron; UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan and Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson outside Paisley Abbey

The Scotland Office Minister put his support behind the town’s ambitious bid during a visit to Renfrewshire on Tuesday (22 August).

UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan learning about the Wee Dig project at Paisley Abbey from Mark Hughes, Renfrewshire Council Regeneration Projects Officer

Lord Duncan was welcomed to the town by Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson, who is also chair of the Paisley 2021 partnership board, and by Council Chief Executive Sandra Black.

(l-r): Dr Lynne O’Hare, AFRC Chief Business Development Officer; Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, AFRC Executive Chairman; UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan; Ross Nimmo, Glasgow Airport Head of Planning and Development and Stephen McFadden, Renfrewshire Council City Deal Project Director at the Advanced Forming Research Centre in Inchinnan

He also met Paisley 2021 Bid Director Jean Cameron who outlined the importance of culture in improving people’s lives and explained how Paisley’s bid is part of a wider push to regenerate the town and transform its future.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Lord Duncan said: “I am in Paisley to lend my whole-hearted support to its bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. The transformation in the townscape and the area’s fortunes over recent years has been something to behold.

“Being crowned UK culture capital would be a fitting reward for all the hard work done by all the folks in Paisley. I have no doubt that the accolade would benefit all of Renfrewshire.”

As part of his visit, Lord Duncan was given a guided tour of Paisley Abbey. A keen artist and with a degree in Geology and a PhD in Palaeontology, he heard about its history as the cradle of the Royal House of Stewart, believed to be the birthplace of King Robert II of Scotland and the resting place of six High Stewards of Scotland.

He was also updated on details of the ‘Wee Dig’, an exciting archaeological project which starts in September, looking at a previously unexplored section of the Abbey Drain site.

Earlier in the day, Lord Duncan heard about development of the Glasgow Airport Investment Area (GAIA) during a visit to the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) in Inchinnan.

The £39.1million GAIA infrastructure project – being delivered by Renfrewshire through the Glasgow City Region City Deal – includes new roads, bridges, cycle paths and pedestrian walkways to facilitate the creation of a world-class commercial area around Glasgow Airport and existing manufacturing centres, all connected by air, sea and land.

If approved, the project could create up to 10,600 jobs and secure £430million in private sector investment to the area, complementing the work of the AFRC which is a globally recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, research and development and metal forming and forging.

Lord Duncan added: “The UK Government has been putting its money where its mouth is. As part of the Glasgow City Region Deal, Renfrewshire has shared in £1 billion of government funds, with investment in projects like the Glasgow Airport Investment Area. Money well spent.”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “It was good to welcome Lord Duncan to Renfrewshire and for him to take time out to hear about our ambitious plans for the area. Our bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021 has gained support from across the political spectrum and from major organisations such as Visit Scotland, Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and Glasgow Airport.

“The bid, and the Glasgow Region City Deal infrastructure investment in Renfrewshire are part of our determination to restore pride in the area and ensure Renfrewshire is an attractive place to live, work and visit.”

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As a business owner or manager, you have an opportunity to make a difference for the community around you. Altruistic behaviour, practices and choices have a positive effect on more than just the beneficiaries. On a personal level, you can actually experience reduced stress, and improved mental, emotional and even physical wellbeing by doing good for others.

As it turns out, giving back as a business can also result in significant positive returns, depending on the form that your altruism takes. Businesses can benefit from tax deductions on charitable giving, networking opportunities, greater employee satisfaction and increased exposure within the community, including improvements to customer awareness, attitudes and trust towards your brand, services or products.

Finding the right opportunity for giving back can take many forms. Take a look at your personal or professional background and interests for an inspiring, worthy cause, as well as at current events and needs. There may be something unique that only your business can provide, or a cause that is inspiring and meaningful to you because of your own experience.

For instance, although engaged in a number of local and international altruistic endeavours, Olympiacos FC President Vangelis Marinakis saw an opportunity help nearby refugees at the Port of Piraeus. In addition to providing meals, clothing and other resources for the refugees, high-profile football team members personally served at the refugee camp and played with the children, using their fame and positions to give back to nearby children and families in need.

In another example from the world of football, Mats Hummels of Bayern Munich and Juan Mata of Manchester United pledged one per cent of their salaries to a charity that uses football as a way to address social issues and help disadvantaged children around the world. In this case, both the high profile of the donors and their professional field contributed to the effectiveness of this strategy.

While your business may or may not come with the degree of fame or financing of the above examples, there are many ways to use what you do have to make a difference in your community:

 

  • Offer opportunities

Your business has expertise to share. Make a difference for someone by offering mentorship to young people or people struggling to rejoin the workforce. Consider apprenticeships, internships or other skill-building training programs.

 

  • Encourage volunteerism

This is best modelled from the top-down rather than mandated, but encouraging all staff to engage in meaningful volunteerism is an excellent way to give back to the community and raise the profile and positive outlook of your business. You may find that donating to employee-driven causes, allotting time for employees to volunteer, or volunteering relevant services of the business itself can benefit the community.

 

  • Start small

Giving back can take many forms. For some businesses, placing coin donation boxes at a front desk or till, running seasonal food drives or selling tickets to a community event can be a good way to dip your toes into the water and help make a difference. If you’re just getting started with giving back, you may want to experiment with limited-term efforts such as supporting a children’s sports team for a season, participating in a community event, or donating the use of business-owned premises for a worthy cause.

 

  • Get on a schedule

Charities and community needs tend to get a lot of attention around the holidays and neglected the rest of the year. If making financial or other resource-based donations, consider a regular schedule of giving that allots a percentage or set amount. This helps whatever cause you choose to support while raising your business’s profile as a dedicated giver that stands out from the crowd and helps spread the cost out over a period of time.

 

  • Embed giving into your business

Strategize a giving plan that links into your business style, type and goals. Maybe you’re known as the sponsor of children’s initiatives in your community. Maybe you have a presence at every community event. You can be transparent about promoting volunteerism and altruism among employees or build giving back into your business cycle as a percentage of profit or sales, or as part of a referral program.

 

Giving back is good for your community, great for you as a leader, and excellent for your business success. Consider your business skills and resources, your background and interests, and the needs around you in order to find the right match between what your business can offer and what the community needs.