We believe in ‘doing our bit’ and have actively supported a number of local and national charities and worthy causes over the years. We believe in ‘paying it forward’ too; providing encouragement to students and others in the business community through mentoring and public speaking.
Helen, one of our directors (featured top right), has participated in a number of Race for Life events locally and has completed two half-marathons in aid of the Shine Bright Foundation. This local, Cheshire-based charity was founded to raise funding to aid the research into Triple Negative Breast Cancer, promote early diagnosis by raising awareness of symptoms, and to provide support to individuals directly affected by the illness.
Our commitment to Care UK Charity
The Care UK Charity collects and distributes practical household items, food and medical aid to people in desperate need both here in the UK and refugees located abroad. Nora Carlin founded the charity after pictures of little Alan Kurdi’s body, washed up on a Turkish beach, made global headlines in September 2015. It brought home to her the scale and seriousness of the Syrian refugee crisis – now the largest refugee crisis of our time. Care UK Charity’s Homes Team also assists local people referred by Social Services or other charities. These people often have almost nothing available to them to set up home or conduct their lives.
The team at Hydraulics Online are honoured to be able to support the Care UK Charity with long-term strategy and marketing skill donations to enable them to continue their work on a larger scale. Find out how you can make a difference here >
Contributing to Local Education
Hydraulics Online has provided work experience placements to local school students and has donated resources to support specific projects from time-to-time. For the last five years, Hydraulics Online has also donated significant company time to enable Helen to fulfil her duties as a governor at a local primary school.
Mark and Helen were also invited to be interviewed by pupils at Seabridge Primary School as part of their school radio project. The pupils asked probing questions about setting up a business and showed a great deal of enthusiasm and potential as budding entrepreneurs of the future.
Inspired by this, we are now planning to talk to other schools about the opportunities to work with them to enable budding entrepreneurs to create links with the local business community.
Paying it Forward to the Next Generation of Business Leaders
We have presented to students of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School; sharing details of our global marketing strategy and experience trading at home in the UK and overseas – providing the students with a real business development case study.
Following this, two of the students undertook work experience with Hydraulics Online as part of the university’s business outreach programme. One later returned to assist with a key marketing programme and further extend his skills; it proved to be time well spent as he secured permanent, full time employment with a global brand shortly afterwards.
Inspiring Other Local Businesses
As Hydraulics Online gains increasing external recognition, so Helen finds herself invited to speak at local and regional events.
She was asked to share the Hydraulics Online ‘story’ at the 2018 International Festival of Business in Liverpool as the Federation of Small Businesses’ North West Business Exporter of the Year. Being told that delegates found Helen’s presentation “inspirational” filled the whole team with further vigour to support other businesses in making the leap to be successful international traders. Read more here >
Events like these are not only fantastic for providing us with the opportunity to reflect, but they also strengthen our links with the local business community and provide us with new opportunities to learn and grow ourselves. Over the last twelve months, we have found that inspiration is, more often than not, a two-way process.