New partnership to kick-start the new financial year

It’s the start of the new financial year, which appropriately enough has coincided with the launch of our brand new three year partnership with the London Stock Exchange Group, who have promised support of over £300,000 between now and 2015.

We announced the news on Monday morning, when I had the honour to officially open the Stock Exchange for trading. A slightly nerve-wracking event, opening the market for trading on the very first day of the new financial year. I’m pleased to report that all figures on the screens were green when I pushed the button.

The launch event at the London Stock Exchange was hosted by LSEG’s Chief Executive, Xavier Rolet, who gave a great speech about the power of mentoring and why he believes it is crucial to invest in young people and their future.

It was also attended by the Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP, and Friendship Works’ supporters Tim Pigott-Smith, Jon Snow and Charles Dance.

During speeches at the event the Minister for Civil Society said ‘I’m a great believer in the power of mentoring and its effectiveness in supporting children through important life transitions.’

We’ll be holding him to that statement!

We couldn’t be more delighted with our new corporate partnership with London Stock Exchange Group and we’re really looking forward to working with staff over the next 3 years. It’s going to make a huge difference to us and the number of children we can support in London. Thank you to everybody at LSEG who helped to make this possible.

We look forward to keeping you updated on progress as the partnership develops.