In 2018 Age UK Suffolk celebrated it's 70th year as a local, independent charity.
To recognise this achievement, we invited local businesses to pledge their support and become a “Platinum Friend”. Our aim was to work with 70 new businesses in 2018, helping us to ensure that vital services and support will be available to older people in Suffolk for many years to come.
If you know of a business that would like to become a Platinum Friend, please contact the Fundraising Team on 01473 298683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We're delighted to announce our Platinum Friends of 2018:
Harriet Cadman Consultancy Services
Harriet Cadman Consultancy Services provides specialist Human Resources and Business Operations consultancy services to companies, including strategic advice, support and mentoring in strengthening and achieving success in your industry.
"Having worked in health and social care for the past 10 years within Suffolk, I truly understand the value and unique service that Age UK Suffolk provides and want to give back and directly support my local community"
Harriet Cadman, Director
Basepoint Business Centres Ltd
"We have been fortunate enough to see first-hand the amazing work Age UK Suffolk provides locally. It is incredibly humbling to witness how the services this charity provides make a real difference to the elderly in the community, providing help, support, and most importantly a sense of company and community to those who need it most."
Alison Morrissey, Centre Manager
"We are delighted to support Age UK Suffolk having worked with them in the past on a number of projects and seen the good work that they do in the community."
Maid2Clean (Suffolk) Ltd
Maid2Clean are the UK’s largest domestic cleaning introductory agency operating since 2010. Sue Hall has owned and operated Maid2Clean(Suffolk) Lts since 2010. Sue currently provides daytime work for over 100 cleaners in Suffolk.
" My clients are mixed – busy professionals, families and many elderly clients. My aim is for these elderly clients to get the help they need to stay in their own homes for longer. Age UK Suffolk is therefore a local charity close to my heart."
James Hunwicke Wealth Management
James Hunwicke Wealth Management offer the benefit of a confidential, personal service tailored to your own needs. This includes face to face specialist advice in areas such as preserving and building capital and growing wealth, inheritance tax & estate planning, retirement planning and pension reviews, and providing financial protection.
"We are very happy to support a local charity such as Suffolk Age UK providing support and services to a number of our valued clients".
The Partner Practice represents only St. James's Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group's wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group's website www.sjp.co.uk/about-st-james-place/our-business/our-products-and-services. The titles 'Partner' and 'Partner Practice' are marketing terms used to describe St. James's Place representatives.
Carter Dawes Independent Financial Advisors
Carter Dawes are experienced and well-qualified IFAs; professional, friendly and impartial. They firmly believe in the power of bespoke financial planning and share a desire to help their clients make the most of their money and enable them to make those important decisions in life with confidence.
DFDS Seaways PLC
"We are pleased to support Age UK Suffolk in celebrating their 70 years"
Coreen Penheiro-Wharton, Communications Officer
Concertus Design and Property Consults Ltd
Concertus Design & Property Consults Ltd specialise in the delivery of quality, innovative and value focused projects that bring clients’ visions to life.
They offer wide ranging professional expertise and knowledge, creating successful solutions that are tailor-made to meet their client needs.
“We are delighted to be a platinum friend of Age UK Suffolk and look forward to working together to get money raised to support local older people in Suffolk” – Andrew Rowe, Managing Director, Concertus
Fleximize is an alternative business lender based in Suffolk, offering business loans of £5,000 – £500,000 to small and medium-sized companies across the UK It prides itself on outstanding customer service and utilises innovative technology to fund businesses in as little as 48 hours.
“It’s an absolute pleasure to support Age UK Suffolk on a year that marks their 70th anniversary. The work they’re doing is only going to become more demanding as time goes on and we’re keen to support the fantastic work they’re doing across the county.”
Peter Tuvey co-founder of Fleximize
Lighthouse Platinum Wealth Management Ltd
Founded in 2001, Lighthouse Platinum Wealth Management Ltd is a family owned business based near Ipswich. They strive to create and deserve long-term client relationships based on providing the best independent financial advice. Their recommendations draw from the whole of the market and they are committed to treating their clients fairly.
“We are very pleased to be a Platinum Friend of Age UK Suffolk. Having seen the support they are able to offer first-hand, their service makes a real difference to the older generation.”
Beatons Group Chartered Accountants provide high quality accountancy services, taxation advice, audit, management accounts, payroll and financial outsourcing to clients nationwide. They work with businesses of all shapes and sizes in most sectors and our accounting and tax solutions are tailored to suit the needs of each client.
"As a company we are becoming aware that it is not just the young people and families in the community who need additional help and support from external agencies at times. We have many members of staff with elderly family members and friends who have benefitted from the many services Age UK offer. You can not underestimate the peace of mind given knowing that Age UK are there and we are delighted to be part of the Platinum Friend Scheme for Age UK Suffolk"
Gressingham Foods is a family run Red Tractor assured business in East Anglia. They produce ducks, geese and turkeys. They are known for their unique breed of duck renowned for its superior taste and higher percentage of breast meat. The welfare of their poultry is an absolute priority for them..
Clayden Financial has been providing professional advice covering all areas of financial planning including Investments, Pension Planning, Mortgages (including Equity Release), At Retirement and Long-term Care advice for over 24 years. All advice that they give is completely impartial and without bias towards any particular product or supplier.
"Age UK Suffolk does invaluable work supporting older people in our community and we are proud to lend our support. It is vital that this independent charity is able to continue providing its invaluable services into the future.”
Spider Fixed Fee Web Recruitment
Spider Fixed Fee Web Recruitment has spun itself a nice little niche in the recruitment market in the five years since launching. They have developed a fresh and Spider Fixed Fee Web Recruitment innovative approach to recruitment and online job advertising, offering an alternative to traditional recruitment agencies whilst disrupting our regional recruitment scene.
"We are delighted to be working alongside Age UK Suffolk as their Platinum Friend for 2018, helping to raise awareness of the charity’s great work, and support the services they provide to elderly people across the county.”
Michelle Pollard, Managing Director
Omar Group Limited
Omar is a leading manufacturer of energy efficient park homes and luxury lodges with a reputation built upon 50 years of manufacturing excellence.
All Omar park homes and lodges are built to residential standard BS 3632. This means they are suitable for residential use throughout the year and are built to last at least 50 years! All homes and lodges built to this standard are required to be energy efficient and also come with a long-term structural warranty giving you peace of mind.
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is the county’s most influential business organisation with a range of services of relevance to every type of company, regardless of sector or size. They offer free or heavily discounted member benefit schemes, host dozens of high quality networking events across Suffolk, lead on a range of key lobbying campaigns to boost economic activity and business prosperity and deliver a number on international trade services, including export documentation.
"Like our members, we believe in being a civic business supporting third sector organisations that make a positive difference to Suffolk’s communities. We are delighted to have become a Platinum Friend for Age UK Suffolk, especially as it celebrates its 70th year.”
Paul Simon - Marketing and Communications Manager
Suffolk Carers Matter
Suffolk Carers Matter support unpaid carers and their family. There are varied means of support available, from wellbeing and counselling, through to social prescribing and engagement with community group, through to leisure activities and events, plus general information and advice to help with everyday life circumstances. One thing that is central to Suffolk Carers Matter, is that carers only need to tell their story once and are able to create a personalised support that matters to them.
"It’s great to work in partnership with Age UK Suffolk and combine our efforts to support people across Suffolk. They do a fantastic job and we’re pleased to be supportive of them”
Simon Brown - Founder and Chief Executive
Ufford Park Woodbridge
Set in 120 acres of stunning historic parkland and surrounded by beautifully peaceful countryside, Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf and Spa is one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets. Located just ten miles from Ipswich in Suffolk with easy access from the A12, Ufford Park is the perfect location for a family, romantic, golf, spa or business break or event. All facilities are also open to non-members and non-residents, making it an ideal setting for a spot of lunch with family or a coffee and catch up with friends. All visitors are offered free parking and free wi-fi throughout the hotel, and we also have two charging stations for drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles.
“Ufford Park Woodbridge are thrilled to become a ‘Platinum Friend’ of Age UK Suffolk as we have now been helping to raise money for this local charity for several years. We have hosted a charity fundraising day where all staff were invited to wear their slippers to work and kindly donate to the charity, as well as a charity ball in Autumn 2018. As a business, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances and Age UK Suffolk helps people to do this by providing information and advice on a whole host of topics that you may need help with in later life; from money and health to care and travel.”
Tarnia Roberston - Managing Director
Beer and Co
"We are so thrilled to be able to support Age UK Suffolk as a 'Platinum Friend' in this, their very special 70th birthday year. With deep-rooted foundations in this wonderful county, we are acutely aware of the vital services and support that the charity provides within the community - and hope that together we can contribute to helping making Suffolk a great place to grow older."
Gregory Cooper - Director
Heathpatch Ltd is based in the heart of Suffolk on the family owned and run farm. The estate is committed to conservation and continues to plant trees and hedgerows and to create new ponds which provide valuable habitats for wildlife. Agriculture is at the heart of the estate, and in recent years they have also proactively diversified to include residential and commercial property and enterprises such as recycling companies, anaerobic digestion, a hotel, a public house and an electronics company. Heathpatch Ltd employs staff of all ages and until recently, when he reluctantly decided to retire, their oldest employee was aged 88.
Anglia Living Care Service Ltd
"Age UK is a charity that has the same goals as Anglia Care and it was only natural that we do what we can to support them in their quest"
Dinu Morar – Training and Recruitment Manager
Ipswich Building Society
They are all about helping their members to grow and prosper, and all about being local. They've been doing this since 1849, and they're Suffolk through and through. They are interested in what their members and the local community are doing and they want to roll up their sleeves and help out.
“We are pleased to be supporting Age UK Suffolk with their Slip into Slippers campaign and also to join them in celebrating their 70th anniversary. Providing a range of much-needed services, may they long continue to support a vast number of older people and their families in our county.”
Richard Norrington, Chief Executive.
Pressi .co.uk was established in 2013 and provides consumers with a platform to send an instant monetary gift or package via SMS or email along with a personal message. Pressi works with a great range of local companies across East Anglia supporting ‘shop local’ and with an opportunity to send a gift 24/7 – 365 – gifts can also be scheduled with our calendar function – so there is no excuse to miss a birthday or special occasion.
"It's a pleasure to support Age UK Suffolk - we greatly admire their endless energy and creativity towards their fundraising which provides a vital lifeline to so many in our community"
Sue Tasker, Founder and Director
With it's head office in Ipswich, and a boutique London office serving clients in the capital, Attwells Solicitors is the leading property firm in East Anglia. They are a truly local business that sponsors local sports teams and events, offers work experience to local school and university students, and provides free legal support to local Citizen Advice Bureaus, charities and small advice centres.
“A Solicitors Firm is an integral part of the local community. At Attwells we have always tried to provide access to legal advice and to support community activities. The work Age UK Suffolk undertake directly assists our elderly friends and family, for this reason we are delighted to be supporting Age UK Suffolk in their work.”
Nick Attwell, Founding Partner
Established in 1987, Christies Care is a family owned and run live-in care agency. Their belief that care at home provides greater benefits than residential care homes drives them to develop and deliver a consistently excellent service to clients and carers. As an alternative to having to move to a residential or nursing home live-in care has many advantages – independence, quality of life, financial and more! For long-term, convalescent, respite or end of life care - and for conditions like Dementia and Stroke - our well-trained live-in carers enable our clients to live in their own home as independently as possible.
“Christies Care is pleased to become a platinum friend with Age UK and look forward to supporting the work that they do, which is very close to our own hearts. We look forward to celebrating their 70th anniversary with them on 31st January 2019 at Wherstead Park.”
Lin Barnes Director
Brewin Dolphin is one of the UK’s largest independently-owned private client Wealth Managers with an office in Museum Street, Ipswich. They take an integrated approach to help protect your financial wellbeing and grow your wealth, offering bespoke advice on a wide range of financial solutions including investment, protection and pensions.
"The Brewin Dolphin Ipswich office are delighted to be a Platinum Friend of Age UK Suffolk, who provide fantastic support to our local community"
Emma's florist is based in Ipswich and offers flowers for weddings, funerals, gifts, birthdays, anniversaries and any special occasion. They use their expertise to ensure your flowers will stand out above the rest. Emma and her staff at the shop are more than happy to discuss your requirements and can give you price quotations. Emma herself, has over 15 years’ experience in the floristry business and has an extensive portfolio.
First Copy is a Xerox Platinum Concessionaire, they have been trading for over 27 years, they provide the full range of Xerox equipment, software & services including its market leading Managed Print Services.
"We are happy to support Age UK Suffolk as our local chosen charity"
Tracey Taylor, General Manager
Designed and developed by the team at Measured Brilliance, innovative software solution Echoleft is a service for charities and goodcauses and focusses on three things. Event registrations and ticketing supporting good causes, great online fundraising pages for supporters, and in-memory giving and online memorials for charities who are focussed around memorial and legacy giving.
"We admire the team at Age UK Suffolk. Being able to juggle fundraising with service provision is never easy and the enthusiasm and flare they bring to the task is an inspiration. We’re working hard to see how best we can help them raise even more to help older people in our county"
Sam Parnell, Co-Founder
Ross Dean Photography
Suffolk family photographer Ross Dean specialises in stylish, modern & vibrant photography, which celebrates some of the most important and joyous times of our lives, with those we love the most. With a personal and relaxed approach, Ross delivers an exemplary client experience which always delivers beyond expectation, whilst creating a feast of heirloom albums and wall art for his clients to enjoy in their home for many years to come.
"With family at the heart of everything I do, it is such an honour to be an Age UK Suffolk Platinum Friend. The services that the team provide are life-changing for so many families in the region and I wish them continued success in their 70th year"
Since 2002 Source One have been working with businesses across Suffolk and East Anglia on interior fit-out and refurbishment projects of all sizes. They work with a wide range of businesses including offices, commercial, retail, education (schools & colleges), health (surgeries etc).
"As a family run business we believe in being an active contributor to our local community and so we are proud to be able to support Age UK Suffolk, recognising the great work that they have been doing for 70 years."
Pat Lewis - Chairman
Scrutton Bland is a leading provider of financial services to both private individuals and business clients. With offices located in Ipswich, Cambridge, Colchester, and Diss they work with clients throughout the UK and beyond. Their teams of experienced specialists provide Accountancy, Tax, Insurance, Employment Benefits, Corporate Finance and Independent Financial Planning advice.
"Scrutton Bland are proud to support Age UK Suffolk as we recognise the importance of providing care and support for older people in our community and the fantastic work which Age UK Suffolk undertakes in this area"
Jason Fayers, Managing Partner
Premier Equity Release
Premier Equity Release is your local Equity Release advice shop. They are there to make everything as straightforward and easy to understand as possible. No jargon, no flowery sales talk - just honest, helpful advice from dedicated professionals.
"Age UK provides a great service for older people and we are happy to support their work"
Tracey Lucas - Director
"We are proud to support Age UK Suffolk and value the support they provide the community to make later life better for older people today and tomorrow"
Emma Dinmore - Director
Suffolk Canine Creche
Suffolk Canine Creche is a luxury canine facility at Martlesham. Offering Day Care, Overnight Sleepovers, Grooming in the on-site salon and their famous Puppy Paw-ties. They have oodles of space with three giant playrooms, a puppy area and even a lounge for the golden oldies. Pop over for a tour, they have full CCTV and the overnight bedrooms even have Webcams so you can view your pooch whilst away on holiday for peace of mind.
"Suffolk Age UK do sterling work in the local community they are a charity that benefits many people, we advocate the work they do, mirror their ethics and love that every penny stays locally to Suffolk.”
Candace Rose, Managing Director
SimpleClick are a web development agency based in Ipswich. Their services include web design, software development, mobile app solutions, useability testing and digital marketing services. They specialise in creating bespoke solutions for clients who come to them when they can't find a solution already out there that ticks all their boxes.
"We are so pleased to be a platinum friend of Age UK Suffolk in their special 70th year. The services that they are able to provide older people within our community are invaluable and we hope we can help to support them to continue their great work"
Richard Jennis, Managing Director.