West business cultural supporters championed in new Arts & Business scheme

November 30, 2012

Businesses that go the extra mile to support the arts in the South West are being recognised today at a reception staged by Arts & Business (A&B), the organisation that brings together the cultural and corporate worlds.

The Business Cultural Champions programme – a sister initiative of A&B’s successful Cultural Champions scheme – will publicly acknowledge the tremendous value businesses bring to the arts, allowing them to flourish in difficult times. The programme will also encourage other businesses – of all sizes and from all sectors – to get involved.

The winning businesses will be showcased at a high-profile event at Bristol’s Colston Hall at lunchtime today when representatives of both the business and the arts organisation they have supported will receive certificates from a high-profile guest.

The Business Cultural Champions programme is being support by Bristol Business News as media partner. A full list of winners will be posted on Bristol Business News later today and also be included in its weekly e-bulletin. To subscribe to the e-bulletin, simply enter your name and email address in the ‘subscription’ box on the left-hand side of this website.

To be eligible businesses will have shown support to an arts organisation in one or more of the following ways:

• given a monetary contribution

• volunteered specific advice or skills (practical or strategic)

• given their time and general support on a regular basis or on a specific project or campaign

• currently (or have been) a trustee on the arts organisation's board or in a similar governance role 

• given immediate support or support over an extended period of time

• will have made a vital difference to the organisation

A&B regional director James Taljaard said: “The arts in the South West could not survive without the passionate support of hundreds of people who generously give their time, expertise, and money to help the region’s cultural organisations flourish – especially those that work within the business sector.

“At Arts & Business, we feel it is essential that we continue to celebrate the work of these business professionals that play a vital role supporting the cultural sector and their community at large.”


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