Actively Involved in Local Charity
We believe in “doing our bit” and have provided support to a number of local and national charities and worthy causes over the years including: Macmillan Cancer Support, Comic Relief, The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust, and the Rotary Club of Alsager.
Helen, one of our directors (featured top left above), has participated in a number of Race for Life events locally and has completed two half-marathons in aid of the Shine Bright Foundation. This local, Cheshire-based charity was founded to raise funding to aid the research into Triple Negative Breast Cancer, promote early diagnosis by raising awareness of symptoms, and to provide support to individuals directly affected by the illness.
Contributing to Local Education
Hydraulics Online has provided work experience placements to local schools and has donated equipment and resources to support specific projects from time-to-time. For the last four years, Hydraulics Online has also donated significant company time to enable Helen to fulfil her duties as a governor at a local primary school.
Earlier this year, following our award wins at our local Chamber of Commerce awards, Mark and Helen were invited to be interviewed by pupils at Seabridge Primary School as part of their school radio project. The pupils asked probing questions about setting up a business and showed a great deal of enthusiasm and potential as budding entrepreneurs of the future.
Inspired by this, we are now planning to talk to other schools about the opportunities to work with them to enable budding entrepreneurs create links with the local business community.
Inspiring the Next Generation of Business Leaders
Helen has also presented to students of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Business School; sharing details of our global marketing strategy and experience trading at home in the UK and overseas – providing the students with a real business development case study.
Following this, two of the MMU students undertook work experience with Hydraulics Online as part of the university’s business outreach programme. One student later returned to assist with a key marketing programme and further extend his experience prior to seeking full time employment elsewhere.
Inspiring Other Local Businesses
As Hydraulics Online gains increasing external recognition, so Helen finds herself invited to speak at local and regional events.
She was asked to share the Hydraulics Online ‘story’ at the 2018 International Festival of Business in Liverpool as the Federation of Small Businesses’ North West Business Exporter of the Year. Being told that delegates found Helen’s presentation “inspirational” has filled the whole team with further vigour to support other businesses in making the leap to be successful international traders. Read more here >
Helen is speaking at a local International Trade Forum next month to share our exporting journey and insights with others. These events are not only fantastic for providing us with the opportunity to reflect, but they also strengthen our links with the local business community and provide us with new opportunities to learn and grow ourselves. Over the last twelve months, we have found that inspiration is, more often than not, a two-way process.
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Thank you, Joanna. Mark’s quote was from a technical discussion which answered many questions that I have been trying to get without success from other suppliers. Please thank Mark for his time and expertise; it was so refreshing to have a knowledgeable person rather than a sales assistant.Read More
As their North West Business Exporter of the Year, the Federation of Small Businesses asked Hydraulics Online to speak at the 2018 […]Read More
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