LOVE is in the air in Sheffield, with local businesses set to show how much they care about the city through a new community initiative.
The I Love Sheffield campaign is giving businesses the opportunity to make a real difference to the area by tackling local issues at a grassroots level.
And the campaign, being organised by the South Yorkshire Community Foundation, has received an early boost with leading business rescue and recovery firm The P & A Partnership signing up as founder supporter.
Jeremy Priestley, managing partner of The P & A Partnership, said: “Here at P&A we have an interest in supporting projects and initiatives tackling important local issues and through the I Love Sheffield campaign have a fantastic opportunity to do so.
“P&A are delighted to have signed up as the founder supporter and look forward to helping make a real difference for local communities that need it most.
“The South Yorkshire Community Foundation has great links with the local community and we look forward to seeing how our contribution can continue to support vital causes in the area.
“P&A can trace our roots in Sheffield for the last 125 years and we care greatly about the future of this area. This campaign is giving P&A the opportunity to put something back and help South Yorkshire to grow.”
The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 2,600 members throughout the Sheffield City Region has also been quick to throw its weight behind the campaign.
Richard Wright, chief executive of the Chamber, said: “Our mission is to maximise the success and prosperity of our members but also to assist them in making a valuable contribution to the area.
“Sheffield is lucky to have so many community focused businesses who have a solid commitment to putting something back into the community and helping build a solid future for local community initiatives.
“The I Love Sheffield campaign is extremely inspiring in its mission to help unsung heroes that are tackling important local issues and we are confident that Sheffield’s business community will come together to make a real difference with their support.”
Through the I Love Sheffield initiative, businesses who love Sheffield are being offered an opportunity, with a contribution of £1,000, to support projects tackling local issues that matter the most and build stronger communities.
SYCF will also use its vast experience of local communities to help businesses think innovatively about other exciting ways they can contribute to the development of Sheffield in addition to financial contributions.
The campaign will link businesses with additional resources to community projects, which could typically include volunteers to assist with a community project, providing spare meeting spaces for local groups or pro bono work.
Pauline Grice, chief executive of SYCF, said: “The South Yorkshire Community Foundation has been helping local people tackle social issues and improve communities with grant funding for almost 25 years.
“We connect the people who care to the causes that matter and are having a lasting effect on improving the lives of local people.
“This is an opportunity for businesses to join a community of like-minded donors who are working to make Sheffield a better place.”
To make a real difference to the area, visit www.sycf.org.uk/ilove or call 0114 2424857 for more information.