Issue 169

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In partnership with four key businesses, Leeds Together has announced a new series of networking events in support of local community projects across the city.

Local charity Leeds Community Foundation is working with law firms Clarion and Irwin Mitchell, as well as RSM and Sky Bet, to bring businesses and the community together. Offering a range of interactive skills sessions and networking events, the series will provide an opportunity to grow existing connections and understand the issues facing the city.

The first event will be hosted by law firm Clarion and welcomes inspirational speaker Richard McCann, who will share his transformation from being written off to being written about. He has published four books about his life, with his first selling half a million copies and being translated into 11 languages.

The first event will take place on 22 November at Clarion’s Elizabeth House offices on Queen Street, Leeds.

The next events will be hosted by Irwin Mitchell on 6 February 2019, at Sky Bet on 22 May and at RSM on 3 July. Tickets cost £40 per event (including Eventbrite booking fee), with all proceeds donated to The Leeds Fund.

Managed by Leeds Community Foundation, The Leeds Fund partners with businesses and individuals to create positive change in the communities of Leeds that need it most. Since its launch in 2016, The Leeds Fund has attracted significant investment from key organisations including John Lewis, the Asda Foundation and HARIBO.

Kate Hainsworth, CEO of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Clarion, Irwin Mitchell, Sky Bet and RSM to develop The Leeds Together Series in support of Leeds Community Foundation and our work through The Leeds Fund.”

“To continue reaching the people that are most in need in our city, it is vital that we bring businesses together to highlight the amazing work that happens in the areas that we live and work, and the role that we can all play in investing in our communities.”

Justine Osmotherley, partner at Clarion, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to partner with both the Leeds Community Foundation and other local businesses to help and support those in our community who need it most. That we get to do this while hearing the inspiring stories of those, like Richard, who have struggled and persevered through incredibly tough times is both humbling and rewarding.”