Date of release: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tom LevittThe vital lessons in survival and growth that charities can learn from business is the subject of a free public lecture taking place at the University of Greenwich.

Tom Levitt, a Labour MP between 1997 and 2010, will be speaking on Wednesday 28 October. He is a trustee of four charities including Fair For You, the first such organisation to enter the world of low-cost but ethical lending to poorer households, and was previously a member of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering. He is a leading authority on how smaller businesses and local charities can work better for mutual benefit within communities.

He says: "It's never easy for small charities but, as central and council funding for them plummets, where will they gain the skills, capacity, volunteer hours and cash that they need?

"Step forward business, in particular, the 99 per cent that are SMEs but do not normally engage with charities at a strategic level, despite often sharing the same communities. What's in it for them? And how does collaboration drive the business case for engagement – on both sides?"

The talk, What Charities can learn from Business (and ViceVersa), takes place from 5pm at the Greenwich Campus. All are welcome to attend but registration is essential, with details below.

It is latest in the Big Picture seminar series, run by the university's Business School, in which senior figures from media, commerce and industry share their tips and expertise. The events have proved to be hugely popular among university staff, students and the general public.

For more about the Big Picture seminar series, and to register: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/business/services/events/events/current/big-picture-seminar/upcoming-seminars

For more about studying with the Business School: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/business, email courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or call 020 8331 9000.

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Picture: Tom Levitt.