01727 814644 [email protected]

Better Business

Helping Business Get Closer to the Community

The CVS St Albans & District has launched a new project, creating a network where businesses and charities can share expertise, experience and ideas that benefit our district.

Better Business helps member companies to get more involved in the community

Better Business supports charities to redesign their services and become more sustainable

In 2016 The National Council for Voluntary
Organisations (NCVO) reported that although bigger charities were increasing in size, smaller charities were staying the same or becoming even smaller.

Business Membership will give local businesses the opportunity to work with all CVS members but we’re particularly looking to support smaller charities that because of their size cannot access charity of the year schemes and other opportunities.
Charities that although small, make a huge impact on the lives of their beneficiaries.

Some examples of what businesses can get involved in:

Networking Events. An opportunity for businesses to network with voluntary sector organisations, identifying projects where they can work together.

Team Building Days. We link a CVS member charity with a willing team of extra hands from a local business, to exchange skills or get involved with a gardening or painting project, to support our community. 

What’s in it for businesses?

  • Save time and resource with a dedicated Volunteer Manager to support staff with group volunteering activities, skill-sharing and trustee opportunities

  • Development opportunities for staff through skilled volunteering

  • Charity of the Year – we can introduce you to a local charity and help you manage the relationship with your business

  • Monthly newsletter keeping you up to date with community events

  • Advice on employee volunteer schemes and policy writing

  • Networking events with access to over 200 local charitable groups

  • First refusal on local sponsorship opportunities

  • A new audience from your local community

  • Achieve corporate responsibility and sustainability excellence

  • Featured as a partner in all publicity

  • Promoted via social media

Case Study

“In partnership with St Albans CVS, we (Kingston Smith LLP) have hosted and delivered seminars on financial, governance and management topics to voluntary organisations, which has been rewarding for all involved. We are pleased to donate a percentage of our time and expertise to this valuable sector and are dedicated to helping our not for profit clients succeed. Kingston Smith is a top 20 firm of accountants with offices throughout the South East, including St Albans.”
Gordon Follows – Partner

How do I join?

For more details of our Business Membership Package please contact Alison Jarvis on
01727 814644 or email [email protected]