Venues MD joins Mayor Johnson for volunteer initiative launch

Managing director of etc.venues, Alastair Stewart, was
among business leaders invited to join London Mayor, Boris Johnson last week for
the launch of a city-wide volunteer initiative.

“As a medium sized business operating in a frenetic
industry, life is very busy, but making time for our staff volunteering
programme has been such an important part of team spirit and staff development,”
said Stewart, whose company works with the Magic Breakfast volunteer initiative.
Etc.venues’ marketing manager, David Owen has run marketing workshops and the
company’s head chefs have visited local schools to demonstrate making smoothies
while discussing the benefits of a healthy breakfast and the importance of ‘5 a

Stewart believes that volunteering schemes should spread
across all sectors, particularly the events and training industry:  “We
have such a wealth of knowledge in our sector, much of it focused around the
ability to plan complex logistical challenges and educate others; such skills
are of huge benefit to the community and I look forward to seeing the
difference we can make if we all donate just a little more time.”

Two hundred businesses were represented at City Hall and
Boris Johnson, said his goal was “to make volunteering an everyday part of
working life in our city.  If every medium to large sized business gave 25
per cent of their staff a day off, this would create a million additional days
of volunteering”.

Etc.venues was acquired
in a Buy-in Management Buyout (BI-MBO) led by Stewart and backed by Dunedin in
July 2006. The training specialist has increased turnover in this time from £4m
to £14m.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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