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Committed to charity and boosting local business

05 January 2012

JTI were host to local business initiative Business@Brooklands last Thursday, serving up tasty canapés, sushi and traditional Japanese Sake to 60 attendees - all in aid of charity.

Business@Brooklands is the initiative of Karen Sutton of Limelight Marketing, enabling Brooklands- based businesses of all sizes to come together at quarterly events, getting to know each other and encouraging local trade. A quarterly magazine is distributed to the 170 businesses in the area, where members of the initiative share their news and events.

During the event, attendees broke into groups to take part in ‘synergy sessions’: targeted networking to encourage genuine synergy between the attendees and the businesses they represent. “The whole event was brilliant” said Emily Romain from Brooklands based Kennedy Pearce, “I went to 2 other events last week and this was by far the best! There were a lot of senior people present and we were able to make some great connections.”

JTI put together fabulous goodie bags containing delicious truffles and also their cigarette ‘Stub-Tidies’ which are distributed free-of-charge through JTI’s partnership with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), as part of its national flagship anti-litter campaign Stop the Drop.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the event from start to finish.” said Martin Southgate, Managing Director of JTI UK. “I was delighted to have met so many of the local businesses here in Brooklands, and would love the opportunity to meet more of my counterparts from the other multinationals around the park.”

The event raised £500 for RASASC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre) who provide confidential and caring services to anyone (male or female) whose life has been affected by sexual violence.

JTI have a Community Care Committee in each of their five locations in the UK. The Committees identify and support smaller local charities which address the specific needs of the communities in the location where the Committee is based and RASASC is a local charity the company supports which is close to the Weybridge location.

“We are really grateful to JTI and Business@Brooklands” said Sonja Freebody from RASASC. “Everyone was very generous and it was a great event. Much of our funding isn’t guaranteed so we appreciate every penny!”

For more information on Business@Brooklands, visit our website:

© 2012 Karen Sutton