Bruntwood welcomes Find A Better Way to Knutsford business centre
Football legend Bobby Charlton’s charity Find A Better Way has moved into its new home at Bruntwood’s Booths Park.
The charity, which funds research into the safe detection and removal of landmines across the globe, has taken four desks at Booths Park’s Springwood building.
The charity which was established in 2011 following Sir Bobby’s the UN-backed visits to Bosnia, Cambodia and Vietnam which inspired him to first think about Landmines. Find A Better Way brings together technical expertise and research to develop ways of tackling landmines, plus the fundraising and marketing to raise awareness of the problem and lobby on behalf of the victims.
Booths Park was considered the ideal location for the charity, not only for the attractive setting and the ease of access, but also for the facilities it offers for hosting visitors and events. A reduction in rent was also agreed with Bruntwood, as part of the company’s wide ranging CSR commitment.
Richard Livings, from Find A Better Way, said: “The last few years has seen a lot of hard work take us from nothing to a well-funded registered charity and with a range of research projects. Find A Better Way goes from strength to strength and having our own office is an exciting move and the latest step in our extraordinary growth. Having worked from shared offices for the last few years, we felt the time was right to bring everyone together and wanted a new office space that would accommodate the future growth of the team.
“Also important was that we chose somewhere that offered additional space as required to host meetings, interviews and events with donors and partners. Booths Hall is an impressive building and the facilities are perfect for the whole range of meetings and events we hold, from technical seminars to larger fundraising functions. We’re also enormously grateful for the help Bruntwood has given with our rent, which will helps us to spend less on administration and more on Finding A Better Way of removing landmines.”
As a leading property owner and developer, Bruntwood takes its corporate social responsibility commitments very seriously and its charitable giving is renowned. The business officially supports four charities throughout the year – including the Bruntwood Charity, the Oglesby Charitable Trust and the youth charity OnSide – and many more on an ad hoc basis.
All staff are given two days per year to volunteer with a charity of their choice, which last year saw to 140 people devoting 110 days of time to good causes. Booths Park itself hosts the annual Bruntwood Elipse, a charity bike ride held each August and which drew more than 300 riders and raised £4,989 for OnSide and the Factory Youth Zone in 2012.
Colin Sinclair, director of property marketing at Bruntwood, added: “I’m delighted to welcome Find A Better Way to Booths Park, and even more pleased that we have been able to provide a small amount of practical support for this incredible charity. Sir Bobby’s compassion and inspirational vision for tackling this devastating problem is to be commended and we hope the team will be very happy here at Booths Park.”
Booths Park houses more than 70 companies in 200,000 sq ft of space across eight buildings set around a large area of contemporary public realm. Space is flexible and customers include some which take a large scale space right down to hot deskers and those simply booking meeting rooms for an hour. All benefit from Bruntwood hospitality, including reception and facilities management staff, and have access to meeting rooms, catering and the park’s wider amenities.
The rural Knutsford location and 220 acre parkland setting – complete with fishing lake, cricket club, cycle and running tracks, and even a farm – creates a pleasant working environment, while its proximity to Manchester Airport and the region’s motorway network make it ideal for both international corporations and local businesses.
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