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UBM’s Corporate Social Responsibility Agenda - A Big Success in 2009!

For UBM 2009 was a great success in building upon its rigorous CSR campaign. Numerous fun-packed fundraising events were held throughout the year, aimed at supporting the local communities we work within. The success of events in 2009 means that United Business Machines has now raised funds exceeding £75,000 over the last 5 years, for local children’s and senior citizen’s charities in Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire & London. Highlights from 2009 include…

UBM co-sponsored the Slough Masters

(www.thesloughmasters.com)

UBM were delighted to be one of the main sponsors of the inaugural Slough Masters charity tournament held at Burnham Beeches Golf Club in September last year. Along with colleagues at SEGRO and Kinnarps, UBM worked tirelessly to ensure that the event was a great success. Former Olympic medallist Steve Backley and UBM’s own ambassador and former football star John Salako both took to the fairway to help raise £15,000 for the local homeless charity SHOC- Slough Homeless Our Concern.

John Salako said: “The Slough Masters is a fantastic way for local people and businesses to come together and raise cash for local causes as well as having fun.” UBM are looking forward to sponsoring the next Slough Masters charity tournament in 2010.

UBM raised 'big' money for the St. Giles' School on St. George's Day

On St. George’s Day UBM pulled out all the stops at their Charity Dinner in an attempt to help the St. Giles’ School, Croydon raise the significant funds they needed to qualify for a grant of £200,000.

UBM’s managing director, Terry Woods first became inspired to help the school after a routine visit to discuss their printing needs. An emotional Terry said “talking about photocopiers seemed inappropriate when I could clearly see that this school, with its wonderful children and staff, needed as much support as they could possibly get.”

St. Giles’ is a special school for pupils with physical disabilities and complex medical needs from 4-16. Having a strong ethos of access and achievement, the school aims to give every pupil the best possible start to life.

With everything from a 3-course meal, champagne reception, professional magician, a performance from X Factor star Austin Drage, auctions, a raffle and a disco, UBM were delighted that the event raised a whopping £15,000 for the school.

A Christmas ‘Curry’Oke’ night for Age Concern

UBM joined in with the festive spirit at Christmas time by holding a gala evening at the Baylis House in Slough, aimed at raising funds for Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East. Despite the South-East looking like a scene from ‘A White Christmas’, UBM were delighted that many battled through the snow to attend the “Curry’Oke” night. Whilst enjoying a hearty curry washed down with some fine wine, guests were encouraged to bid to either hear individuals sing or to not sing on the karaoke.

UBM’s sales director Colin Cornhill and managing director Terry Woods led the karaoke performances with wonderful vocals of some classic 80’s numbers! Guests were also treated to a song from Slough’s very own MP, Fiona Mactaggart.

After finishing the night off with a few Christmas carols, UBM were pleased to announce that the grand total raised by the gala night for Age Concern amounted to £3,500.

UBM became sponsors of Hastings Football club’s ‘United in the community campaign’

UBM decided to invest in HUFC’s ‘United in the community’ campaign, which included getting involved in its launch event, the Easter Soccer School for the youth of Hastings - held on the 14th to 16th April 2009.

UMB’s Business Ambassador John Salako, joined this year’s event, which was attended by local young footballers.

Dave Walters, Chairman of HUFC said “We were delighted to have UBM sponsoring the event and John Salako coaching the boys, for a day. It shows how committed their business is to the community and plays a part in their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy”