When two tribes go to war

17 August 2012

Two local business teams have thrown their respective caps into the ring in a charitable attempt to prove that they have the best business brains in the Harrogate district.

Harrogate-based businesses Engage Mutual and CNG have both signed up for this year’s ‘You’re Inspired’ charity challenge, where teams are invited to use their entrepreneurial nous to raise as much money as possible for local charity Saint Michael’s during the month of October.

Based on BBC1’s The Apprentice, the teams of local businesses, groups and organisations will be given four weeks and a £100 cash ‘loan’ to undertake their own fundraising activities before returning to the Saint Michael’s boardroom in the hope of hearing the words; ‘you’re inspired!’

This year’s The Apprentice, where contestants battled to avoid hearing Lord Sugar bellow the words ‘you’re fired’, featured a string of business gaffs and both the Engage and CNG teams are keen to show the budding TV entrepreneurs how it’s done

Leader of the CNG team, managing director Jacqui Hall, said:

The team at CNG are always up for a challenge.

We love to get involved with Saint Michael’s and thought that this would be an excellent opportunity to use our business skills.



While Steve Barry, HR director at Engage Mutual, said:

We’re really excited to take part in this year’s You’re Inspired Charity Challenge and we’re raring to go!

As one of Engage Mutual’s chosen charities, we understand how vital the work of Saint Michael’s is to the local community and to make hopefully a big contribution to that is what it’s all about.

The teams will raise vital funds for Saint Michael’s, the charity that provides specialist care and support to more than 2,400 local people living with terminal illness and bereavement.

Tony Collins, chief executive of Saint Michael’s, said:

You’re Inspired is a fast paced, competitive and fun event that teams can really get their entrepreneurial teeth into. “We’re delighted that two businesses have already signed up, but urge as many local groups as possible to get involved and be part of this fantastic event.

You’re Inspired is sponsored by Unit 4, the Harrogate-based finance systems specialists.

Registration costs £20 per team and closes on Friday September 14.

To register a team or to find out more please contact Saint Michael’s on (01423) 879 687.


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