Business Buddies Band Together To Boost Funds For Charities


A group of likeminded business owners are working together to boost funds for Colchester charities in a bid to show their joint Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).


Essex Networking is a small, independent business networking group who meet fortnightly at Wivenhoe House Brasserie and has raised more than £2,400 for various organisations.

The members most recent event, a quiz at Marks Tey Parish Hall, raised £1,033 which is being shared between Home-Start Colchester and Autism Anglia’s Doucecroft School. About 70 people gathered for a fun evening, during which clues to questions could be purchased as an extra means of raising funds. Six local businesses also donated prizes for a raffle.

After a similar quiz event last year, members of Essex Networking donated a cheque for £1,100 to Headway and they’ve previously collected £296.55p for St Helena’ Hospice in the Birkett Long £50 Challenge.

“The main focus of our group is the passing of business between members, along with business support and social activities,” said Nick Kokolski of Maid2Clean who is the organiser.

“Larger organisations have a dedicated Community Champion who spend their time raising funds for local worthy causes and two years ago we felt members of Essex Networking could pull together and make a contribution to the local community too. The members put forward the names of local good causes they consider worthwhile supporting and two names are drawn from the hat. This year was Doucecroft School and Home-Start.”

Essex Networking, who are looking for new members, are planning to do some more fundraising in the coming months before handing over cheques to Home-Start and Doucecroft School.

If you are interested getting in touch with Essex Networking to ask them to raise funds for your charity or if would like to become a member of the group, contact them via their website: