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Face Your Fears Day

October 13th saw staff offered a chance to face their fears as part of a national event.

Snakes, spiders, snails and other creepy crawlies were brought in by Gosforth based For Paws.

All tastes were catered for with the sneaky addition of some cuter animals too – a rabbit, guinea pigs and a pygmy hedgehog (Quill I am) who were a massive hit with men and women alike. Eileen, owner at For Paws presented a talk on each individual animal and staff were allowed to handle any creature they liked.

Events Manager Laura Barber was thrilled with the event ‘We actually saw people with real phobias come in today – not all of them held every animal, but said even just the step of coming into the room was a big step for them – it feels great to have helped someone make a big achievement in the middle of their day! Best of all, For Paws only deal with rescued animals making this a great company to work with.

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Quorum encourages employees to travel smarter by launching Liftshare

Encouraging employees to liftshare can bring big benefits for businesses, and Quorum is the latest notable name to launch their own liftshare scheme.

Playing host to some major household names such as Tesco Bank, Balfour Beatty, Convergys, Home Group and NCFE, the business park has over 4,000 people working on-site and boasts an impressive employment catchment area of 1 million– and this will be boosted as employees offer lifts to and from their home towns.

Quorum Business Park already has successful partnerships in place with local bus companies, with Arriva investing in new buses with free wifi to service the site, and having worked hard to achieve a 20% growth figure for bus use since 2008.

And the new scheme, Quorum Lifthsare, will help those for whom public transport isn’t an option. Employees on the park can offer a ride to others on their commute, or look up others going their way. Wherever you’re coming from, you’re likely to find a match

The new scheme marks Quorum’s ongoing commitment to helping grow and develop the businesses onsite, as well as encouraging employees to use sustainable travel to get to and from work.

Quorum Liftshare was launched in September as part of the Travel Smarter Month Campaign across the park. The Hub team have been handing out car air fresheners to promote the scheme and everyone who registered in September were entered into a prize draw to win a free car valet.

There will be ongoing promotion of the scheme throughout the winter months encouraging people to work out how much they can save using the scheme using an online Savings Calculator.

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NCFE Charity Sleep Out Event

Onsite tenants, NCFE’s sponsored sleep out raises over £2000 for the Princes Trust as staff sleep overnight at Quorum Sports Courts

On Friday 9th October 7 colleagues swapped home comforts for a night sleeping outdoors on the Sports Courts onsite.

The sleep out is just one of the activities that the Newcastle based organisations’ Shine Team – a leadership programme designed to develop upcoming mangerial talent- has organised as part of The Princes Trust Million Makers Challenge.

NCFE Communications leader, Lindsay Plumpton said ‘We came up with the idea to hold a sponsored sleep out so that we could experience just some of the hardships that many unemployed young people go through on a daily basis. It was a cold night but luckily we missed any rain! We’re pleased to have raised over £1000 in sponsorship which was matched by NCFE giving us a total of £2000 raised for the Princes Trust Million Makers.

Quorum Events Manger, Laura Barber added ‘when NCFE approached us about this event, we were happy to help – its a great cause and a different approach to fundraising – we’re really impressed with what they’ve accomplished’

Do you have a charity fundraising idea you’d like to explore further onsite? Email for more info!

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Benton Dog and Cat Shelter Dog of the Month

Meet Bryn as resident at Benton Dog and Cat Shelter since July.

Bryn (Dog No 109 BNF) is a beautiful crossbreed who arrived at Benton North Farm shelter in July 2015. He is approximately 10 years old. Bryn is an older dog but is full of energy. He is a friendly, affectionate and happy boy. Bryn is good on the lead while on his daily walks with our staff and volunteers. He can also sit for his daily treat.