Clacks Business Week ended with the return of its charity lunch at Inglewood House & Spa. With nearly 100 attendees, the event raised an incredible £1,730 for the main charity partner Scottish Autism on the day and shows how much the contributions of face-to-face fundraising events have been missed by charities. This was thanks to the wonderful generosity of guests and the donation of amazing prizes for the raffle by many local businesses.
Dorry McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Scottish Autism said:
“Thanks to everyone who joined us at the charity lunch for their amazing generosity. The fantastic amount raised will help us to provide vital services to support autistic people and their families in Scotland. A big thank you to all the businesses who donated a prize and to Ceteris and Inglewood House & Spa for organising this fantastic event.”
After the charity event, due to sponsorship outside the lunch event, another whopping (nearly) £2,000 was raised, and these donations will be made to local Clackmannanshire charities Community House, who will use the money towards their summer activity schedule for local children, and The Wee County’s Men’s Shed, who will use the money towards energy costs come the winter, both receiving £1,000 each.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the week and came along to the lunch and in particular to our table sponsors, Handelsbanken, Dickson Middleton, Ewan Campbell, Business Gateway Clackmannanshire and CTSI. They helped Clacks Business Week end on an amazing high note helping these fantastic charities.
Ceteris were delighted to be able to facilitate the raising of these much needed funds for local and national charities and provide a week filled with business opportunities and learning.
SME of the Year Award – Local Biotech firm Lateral DX
At the lunch, the inaugural SME of the Year Award was presented to Lateral Dx. The lateral flow test specialists based in Alloa adapted rapidly when the pandemic hit. They expanded their premises and team to react to the surging demand for their services. Their business continues to go from strength to strength with new customers from across the UK, US, Europe, and Asia. The company is part of an exciting growing biotech and rapid diagnostics cluster based here in Clackmannanshire.
The award sculpture was a special commission by one of the nominated charities, The Wee County’s Men’s Shed, which is a stunning piece of craftmanship. The award was dedicated to Carl Hodson, former MD of Ceteris, who believed passionately in encouraging and supporting local businesses. Carl sadly and unexpectedly passed away in December, a few months before Clacks Business Week. The award will be one way that Ceteris can continue to honour his memory.
- Scottish Autism
- Scottish Autism is an organisation dedicated to enabling autistic people to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Established in 1968 by a group of parents, they are now the largest provider of autism-specific services in Scotland and a leading authority and advocate for good autism practice. They exist to help those diagnosed with autism to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives and be recognised as valued members of the community they live in.
- Community House
- Community House is a unique, local facility for children, young people and adults. Situated in the Clackmannanshire Regeneration Area of Alloa.
- The Wee County’s Men’s Shed
- Promoting men’s health and wellbeing amongst men in the Clackmannanshire area. They meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Alexandra Street, Tillicoultry 10am – 2pm Devonpark Mill.