It’s been a big year for Heart of the City and our members across London- looking back we’ve achieved an enormous amount since January!
70 Newcomers completed our foundation programme this year, half of whom were companies based outside the City across a total of 16 London boroughs. We also saw more companies joining Heart of the City this year as paying members.
Our members enjoyed a huge variety of events this year from our masterclasses on subjects from corporate giving to affordable housing, and big speaker events including a popular one on staff engagement courtesy of KPMG, and we saw a bumper turn out for our impact measurement workshop at BNP Paribas! 100% of you rated our events as good to excellent throughout the year.
Our impact report, published in March, demonstrated the enormous difference our Newcomers make, including £514,000 of contributions to charities and 1,340 hours of employee volunteering hours. 74% had developed new waste reduction and recycling activities. This week we celebrate our 2017 Newcomers’ graduation with 33 companies at Baker MacKenzie and hear from The Breakfast Club about their exciting CSR activities. Look out for our next impact report based on these companies’ experiences – to be published in early spring 2018.
We launched our LinkedIn page in July and already have 124 followers, our Twitter followers reached 1,600 in the autumn and we now share all our events and learning online, so do follow us @HOTC_UK. Some highlights were our campaign to support Social Saturday:
and our support for the Living Wage campaign:
In the summer we decided to improve the curation of our resources and we introduced HotC Highlights – raising awareness of our best and most relevant resources online each month. We will re-launch our website in January with updated and re-organised resources to make it easier for you to find what you need when you need it.
In October we launched Heart of the City Westminster– this pilot project with Westminster City Council sees a Heart of the City account manager based in the council and supported by our team, working with businesses across the City of Westminster to build a cluster of local members, including both experienced Contributors and Newcomers. The pilot will enable Westminster businesses to network with one another and find out about local opportunities in addition to the Heart of the City programmes.
And we saw lots of new faces join the team! Jodie, Natalie, Rachel, Florence and I are all delighted to have joined Heart of the City- we’ve met many of you already but feel free to drop us a line or say hello soon. And do let us know what you think- is there anything more we could do? How else can we support you? We’re always keen to hear from you.
In 2018 we will welcome 60 Newcomers to Heart of the City. We will be working with GivX to enable all our Newcomers to start recording the basics about their impact from the start of their programme. We will look for new opportunities to start up local HotC pilots in other London boroughs and will be investing in some work to raise our profile outside our existing network. We’ll be encouraging HotC members to apply for the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards and we’ll be investing in our technology to make all your membership processes as smooth as they can be.