Companies can play a much more supportive roles than just financial support for charities, and networking initiative Inspire Good is designed to do just that.

In just 12 months Inspire Good has brought together around 180 charities and businesses that have benefited from attending the bi-monthly events and access to ongoing support.

Each meeting highlights a local charity and includes a training session delivered by a local business and the feedback has been tremendous from the private sector and charities alike. To date, it’s highlighted local charities including the Chronicle Sunshine Fund, Derwentside Breast Friends, Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness, and Project Parent.

Inspire Good also gives members the opportunity to discuss issues and ideas with and participate in training sessions that isn’t always accessible to business owners and employees. Training has included goal setting, presentation skills, bid writing and fundraising, and decision-making with effective prioritisation.

The initiative has also received commendation from North East Initiative on Business Ethics, the Nat West Entrepreneur Accelerator Hub, the Federation of Small Businesses, the North East Chamber of Commerce and the Institute of Fundraising.

The potential for improved partnership working across the private and charity sector is proving to be huge, particularly here in the North East. There’s recognition that businesses and charities can gain mutual benefit through effective collaborative working and bringing local companies and charities together allows us all to learn from one another, support each other and explore opportunities that genuinely Inspire Good.

To get more details and attend the events join the Facebook group at or email

Inspire Good events cost £5 to attend and all proceeds will go to charity.