Domenic Pini, Senior Partner at Pini Franco LLP

Heart of the City’s Foundation Programme has helped me in my role at FTI Consulting to promote not only the positive reputational impact of CSR but also the business development benefit to management – that by participating in activities such as volunteering, they can break down barriers between teams, and build a truly collaborative spirit across the business. The Foundation Programme is very professionally structured.  Sometimes, working in a CSR role in an organisation can be quite isolated – I am the only one doing this role in the whole of Europe.  It was really beneficial through the Foundation Programme to connect with others who were facing the same issues in their businesses which gave me energy to succeed.  My mentor relationship was also really important and inspirational – I could have an honest chat about a challenge I was facing.  We’d talk through what’s worked elsewhere, and ideas to help me find a solution that worked for my company.

Kirsty Christie, Corporate Citizenship Manager, EMEA at FTI Consulting

Being a member of Heart of the City has enabled us to move our CSR programme to the next level and achieve our current total of 66 apprentices and 97 improvers into work. The expertise from Heart of the City and sharing of best practice with like-minded companies has been invaluable and with the continued support and relationships we are confident of the future success and growth of the K&M Training School

Kevin McLoughlin, Managing Director, K&M McLoughlin Decorating Ltd | Enfield

My Heart of the City mentoring sessions have been invaluable for the guidance and practical advice offered. By sharing experience and expertise, my mentor has taken away the error portion of the trial and error of building a formal strategy for a long term, sustainable CSR programme to positively impact our business and our community.

Clare Kerrigan, Head of Marketing, ANV Group | City of London

The online tools have played a huge role in helping shape our CSR programme. The help and support I’ve had from working with Heart of the City has been invaluable. As a result, we’ve been involved in many volunteering initiatives including inspiring students interested in stepping into the creative design industry. I think we’ve probably learnt more about ourselves as individuals and a business from being involved in these opportunities.

Chantal Vorres, PA to CEO, Dalziel & Pow Ltd | Islington

Our corporate social responsibility plan has played a vital role in engaging our employees and sparking their enthusiasm for volunteering. No matter what sized company you are, it’s possible to establish a successful, innovative CSR programme, and Heart of the City is a great place to start for practical advice and guidance.

Ian Caswell, CEO, Sapphire Systems | Southwark

My mentor was extremely friendly and approachable and very willing to answer all my questions. We have a brilliant relationship and as a result over the past two years I have learnt a lot and our programme has become more focused.

Linda Zell, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Olswang LLP

Heart of the City provides encouragement, inspiration, and an environment in which to share best practice and build relationships.

Chris Newton, Partner, Berrymans Lace Mawer

The Membership programme offers continuous support to further develop and implement our CSR strategy, ensuring we are able to meet our CSR goals and measure our impact.

Madelaine Smith, Talent Management, Beazley Group

The central project team have been very proactive in making introductions to organisations that could potentially help us  and the people we have met have been incredibly supportive and helpful. We wouldn’t have been able to progress as quickly as we have in our thinking without those introductions.

Mark Fidler, Head of CSR and Premises, Liberty Syndicates

It is only with the support of Heart of the City that we were able to access the expert knowledge, insight and resources we needed in order to create and implement an effective CSR and volunteering programme. As a result, we have had an incredibly high level of buy-in from our team, real, tangible results from our community partners and have also just been nominated for a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award! Thanks Heart of the City!

Roderick McInnes, Marketing & Communications Manager, Alium Partners Ltd

Heart of the City really helps you put some time in the diary to focus on your people. Sharing ideas and discussing CSR with industry peers offers great value. The community support is fantastic and it is great to see what works for other companies, big and small. I would highly recommend getting involved.

Matt Phelan, Co-Founder, 4Ps Marketing

Heart of the City has been a guiding light for us and we are proud to be part of the Membership programme.

Fabian Somerville-Cotton, Managing Director, ADM Investor Services International Ltd

Like many I am the only person at Euromonitor tasked with working on CSR . Being a part of Heart of the City gives you access to a fantastic network of other CSR professionals you can seek advice from and bounce ideas off. Without the help of Heart of the City our programme wouldn’t be as advanced as it is today.

Catherine Hodgson, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Euromonitor International

I wish I had known about Heart of the City when I started out working in CSR years ago, you make the whole process so easy which means people can then enjoy the journey.

Brooke Petersen, Marketing & Events, Source
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