Christmas should be a special time of the year when we come together to celebrate with loved ones. For most of us that will involve spending time with family. Though sadly for lots of people the festive season makes the loneliness and hardships they endure on a daily basis even tougher to cope with.For that reason, Family Business United (FBU), a community of family firms from across the country, is calling upon its members to help those in need this Christmas. With the support of sponsors Plan Insurance Brokers, itself a FBU member and award winning Family Business, the FBU will be visiting generous family firms across the country between December 4th – 8th to collect and distribute items donated to local good causes. To promote the campaign the visits will be made in a festively decorated black cab! You’ll be able to follow their efforts on Twitter via #FamilyBizSantaDash.
Family Businesses Uniting at ChristmasFamily Business United is a leading resource for family businesses of all sizes, involved in any industry. As well as helping individual companies develop, their advice aims to raise the profile of the family business sector as a whole. In doing so the FBU hopes to promote the contribution that family businesses make to both society and the UK economy. Marketing Director of Plan Insurance Brokers Grant Georgiades truly believes in the value of family firms,
“Family businesses are widely recognised as having both moral and social consciences. What better way could there be to demonstrate these virtues than by coming together to help those most in need this Christmas?”
Helping the homelessAs a responsible, family run company Plan aims to contribute to many charitable initiatives. One of Plan’s key markets is taxi insurance, and as a result we’re especially aware of the good work done by the black cab trade. Several selfless souls from the Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers’ organise a weekly soup kitchen for London’s homeless. In recent years at Christmas, the trade has also supplied warm clothing to those in need. You can follow their efforts on Twitter via #taxiwarmclothing. Plan have assisted their hard work in previous years and employee Pamela Eve found it to be a very rewarding experience,
“In the past we supplied 10 sacks full of essential items for those living rough at Christmas. The team got involved by donating clean, good quality clothes that they no longer needed. I think it makes you appreciate how lucky you are and I was really happy to be able to help, even if it’s just in a small way.”