North West-based commercial consultancy Barkers, a consultancy that works with businesses to drive profitability, efficiencies and people development, is now taking its commercial practice into the voluntary arena with a series of initiatives aimed at both regional and national level.
After establishing its vision to establish a social enterprise in 2017 and partnering with a number of regional charities, the business has announced partnerships with ‘Social Enterprise UK’ and ‘Business in the Community’ (BiTC), part of the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network to help achieve its ambition.
As part of the commitment for the year ahead, Barkers is dedicating one full day a week to the initiatives to deliver against its pledge.
Led by directors Warren Ward and Warren Kozera, the team has engaged with a number of charity trustees and boards to help them become more commercially aware, supporting the removal of cost from their supply chains and helping them think more strategically and commercially in the day-to-day operations.
The team is also driving forward its social enterprise with a focus on employing and giving opportunities to those trapped in poverty or seeking employment, including the homeless, ex-offenders, those in drug and substance rehabilitation, and ex-forces personnel that are struggling post-service.
Director Warren Ward said: “With added pressures pinching all aspects of society, we have a strong belief in using our platform and business expertise to help contribute to a more common good. That’s why we’ve partnered with BiTC and Social Enterprise UK, as well as a series of regional charities, donating a full day of our business time a week to help tackle a wide range of issues.
“We are fully committed to using our collective experience to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future, providing our charities with expertise they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.”
In addition, all Barkers’ clients have access to utilising their social impact services to deliver free commercial advisory services to their nominated charities.