BUSINESSES are being encouraged to team up with local charities as part of a new scheme launched by East Hampshire District Council (EHDC).

Called Business Buddies, the scheme partners local firms which want to make a difference in their own community with organisations providing vital services in the area.

Petersfield-based reviews brand Feefo, a tech company that helps businesses make smarter decisions and improve customer experiences using insights from real customer reviews, is the first to sign up to the scheme.

Feefo has committed to enabling each of its 125 staff members to take two paid days for volunteer work – making an incredible 250 days available to charities.

EHDC leader Richard Millard said: “The well-being of East Hampshire residents is absolutely what we, as a council, are all about.

“Staff at EHDC can take two paid days for volunteer work to get out there, roll up their sleeves and make a difference to our communities. If we could get businesses and charities working together then we could really start to see the benefits on the ground.

“Businesses can offer whatever skills they have from administrative support, fundraising and marketing expertise to help with IT advice.

“I hope Feefo is the first of many businesses to get on board with this and help us make a real difference across East Hampshire.”

Matt Eames, Feefo’s chief strategy officer, said: “We’re delighted and proud to be part of this new initiative. Here at Feefo we are always looking to support good causes. Our fantastic staff are already sharing ideas and volunteering to take part, so they can give back to the community and causes that matter to them.”

To find out more, call EHDC on 01730 234082 or e-mail [email protected].