RSM joins 60th birthday celebrations of Duke of Edinburgh's Award

26 October 2016

RSM is supporting the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through a range of efforts, as part of UK celebrations for the charity’s Diamond Jubilee. The firm’s involvement includes a night of music to raise funds and joining the Diamond Challenge for a variety of challenges for the firm’s staff.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) was founded in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to support young people in their development for success in life and work. Last year 253,005 people aged between 14 and 24 started the award process, involving a range of challenges resulting in a Bronze, Silver of Gold DofE Award. Around 41,000 of the latest intake stemmed from disadvantaged, at risk or marginalised backgrounds – a section of society found to benefit the most from meeting the award requirements. This year marks the 60th anniversary (Diamond) of the DofE Award founding, with a range of special programmes developed as part of the celebration.

RSM joins 60th birthday celebrations of Duke of Edinburgh's Award

RSM, as part of its wider corporate responsibility contribution, organised a night of live music in support of DofE) in its Diamond Anniversary year – raising £1,000 for the national charity. The night included performances from seven acts, which played to a crowd of more than 100 of the firm’s employees and peers. Acts included Bibby Financial Services, Forbes, Harrison Drury, KBL Solicitors, Lancashire Business View, Natwest and Philip.T Jones and Partners.

Reflecting on the event, Kevin Duffy, RSM’s Office Managing Partner in Preston, says, “RSM sessions was the perfect forum for the Lancashire business community to come together, have fun and raise money for a great cause. Each and every act got into the spirit for the DofE and challenged themselves to perform in front of their peers. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we received – both to make the event happen and the level of donations. Thanks to everyone who supported us, and special thanks to the RSM team for coordinating the event; each act for entertaining us on the night; and to everyone who attended."

In addition, RSM has unveiled that its offices across the UK will participate in the charity’s Diamond Challenge. Around 800 of the firm’s employees have joined challenges that include climbing various peaks in the UK, and learning circus skills. The firm has also launched a Gold DofE Award for school leavers and graduates joining the firm’s ranks in February next year.


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Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

19 March 2019

A communications consultancy has announced it will perform a ‘consulting marathon’ to raise money for a charity based in Africa. SEO Travel will offer a 12-hour consulting surgery to as many small travel businesses as possible, while raising money for the cause.

SEO Travel has been helping travel companies improve their online presence since 2011. The firm works with a wide range of global travel brands who it helps develop brand visibility online through SEO, social media, PR and other techniques. Based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, the firm works to create engaging campaigns that increase brand awareness and drive more business and sales in a sustainable way.

The professional services firm has announced that as of the 21st of March, it will be offering these services to small travel businesses as part of a charity fundraising drive. The session will last 12 hours straight, and offers the chance for a 30-minute session, which travel companies can sign up for at the SEO Travel website. The marathon session will help small travel businesses which wouldn’t usually be able to afford a respectable and trustworthy agency’s advice.

Travel firm hosts consultancy marathon to raise money for charity

As well as helping small businesses, the event is also being used as an opportunity to raise money for charity, with SEO Travel donating to Tanzanian safari charity ‘Care with a View’ for each person that signs up, as well as asking businesses taking part to make a small donation of £10 themselves. The event will run from 8am to 8pm UK and is open to anyone around the world.

It will run by SEO Travel founder Tom McLoughlin, bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. He explained, “I’ve got the team here on standby to order pizzas and bring me Tangfastics on demand throughout the day!”

According to Mcloughlin, while there is a lot of marketing advice on the internet, the volume of information is so high that it's impossible for small firms to tell what will help and what will hurt their company. He concluded, “With the ‘Charity Travel Marketingathon Bonanza’ we want to take away the part of not knowing so these businesses can go away with clear, actionable tactics that will help grow their business.”

Related: Charity football cup sees Hays consultants raise £3,000 for Action for Children.