The main aim for the event was to open up trade and sponsorship opportunities and make closer links between Sandwell's voluntary and community sector and the borough's business community.
The event was attended by more than 100 delegates from the public, private and 'third' sectors, including representatives from big-name charities like Barnardo’s and the RSPB. Organisations from the community and voluntary sectors displayed their stands downstairs in the main auditorium, while private-sector businesses were invited to showcase upstairs, with the aim of demonstrating their supply capabilities to a whole new sector of decision-makers.
It’s estimated that charity and voluntary groups in Sandwell spend £90m per year on goods and services, and finditinsandwell wants local businesses to be in with a chance of supplying them. That’s why it was great to see companies dealing with promotional items, bookkeeping and accounts, IT, uniforms, waste management, packaging, property maintenance, mobility equipment, marketing and design, among many others.
Likewise, Sandwell charity and voluntary organisations will benefit from sourcing from within the borough, making greener purchases, building local networks and helping to boost the area’s economy.
Speakers during the afternoon included Parkash Soni of the Balaji Temple; John Garrett, the newly appointed director of Adult and Community Services at Sandwell MBC; Leoner Gardner, the Chief Executive of SCVO; and Jean Jones and her colleagues from Central Mediation Services.
In her speech, Nicola Plant of the Sandwell Children and Young People Trust Partnership pledged to post all of their buying requirements on finditinsandwell in the future.
And Stuart Towe of the steel-processing giant Hadley Group summed up the aims of the day by saying that finditinsandwell is of “mutual benefit to all concerned” and, “we hope that with finditinsandwell you can find a route to improve within the borough”.