In April 2016 I started Red Herring Business Services after a 16-year career working for a large, corporate organisation. I had good reason to take the plunge.
In October 2013 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was evident that I needed to slow down, and that meant leaving my demanding role as Group Sales Director of a large office supplies company. The role was challenging, required lots of travel, long hours, sitting in meetings and that didn’t suit my new future. After a 30 career I still love business, and know the office supplies industry inside out – the time was right to use my experience but in a new way.
Using my knowledge and experience I started a specialist procurement consultancy, helping businesses to reduce their office supplies costs and ensuring they achieve lasting value. But I wanted to give back something more, and also create a ‘business for good’. I decided to donate 10% of all earned fees to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
This core value helps to raise money for the MS Society, supporting ongoing development into an illness with no known cause and no known cure. MS affects over 100,000 people in the UK and like many illnesses it can strike at anytime.
Of course there are business benefits for you in choosing to use a ‘business for good’ like Red Herring. We help your business to spend smarter; reducing office services expenditure, improving processes and the profitability of your business. In addition there are onward benefits to charity, as a result of choosing to work with us, which also contributes to your company’s social value and CSR programme.
In October I am proud to say I was able to make my first donation! This was a result of completing my first benchmarking project for a financial firm - saving them over 20% on their office supplies spend. As my business grows I look forward to contributing plenty more in the coming months.< back
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One of our core values at Red Herring is being a business for good. This means that we raise money by donating 10% of all fees earned to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. After a recent diagnosis, this cause is close to our hearts and we are proud to support the UK’s leading MS charity that provides practical help today and the hope of a cure tomorrow for everyone living with multiple sclerosis (MS) nationwide.
Over 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS). It’s unpredictable, and different for everyone. It’s often painful and exhausting, and can cause problems with how people walk, move, see, think and feel. It can make it hard for people to work, and do the things they enjoy. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
The MS Society is a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers. We understand what life’s like with MS, and we support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between. And we’re driving research into more – and better – treatments. For everyone.
Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.
To find out more about MS please visit: www.mssociety.org.uk