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Chamber members join forces to help others survive and thrive

A group of Chamber members has come together in a unique way to help and support other businesses to ‘survive and thrive’ during the challenges caused by Coronavirus and also raise funds for charity.

An initial idea from Karen Morledge, the founder of PR agency, Morledge & Co. and fellow business owner, Sarah Hannah, an experienced project manager and executive assistant, became a reality in April when they launched The Double Helix Project.

The project brings together a total of 12 businesses, of which eight are Chamber members – Design Bean, The Social Giraffe, Connectable, Matt Ruddle Consultancy (RuddleDigital), Teapot Creative, CETSAT and 360 South West, as well as Morledge and Co.

They offer bespoke packages at discounted and fixed costs on a range of services, including IT, social media, graphic and web design, marketing, HR, accountancy and more.

Project beneficiaries can benefit from a blend of professional services to help them where they need support the most within their business.

The first project delivered by the partnership was for Somerset based Chamber member Rapid Fire Logistics. The firm made use of various partner’s skills in order to enter a new market, which has proved fruitful. Within two weeks of commissioning the Double Helix partners, the firm had secured new business with a significant order value. 

As a not-for-profit initiative, it’s also gifting surplus profits to Children’s Hospice South West.

Amanda Gallagher, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser said: “We are thrilled that The Double Helix Project will be raising funds for CHSW. 

“It’s a great idea and we’re delighted that within a week of the project launching, all-important funds had been raised to support our three hospices in the South West that remain open, and also our work to support families in their own homes.

“I wish the project every success in the future and I would encourage people to consider the project, if they need any support from those involved, as this really is a win-win solution.” 

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