Become a Corporate Partner

“The work that Mustard Tree does is nothing short of inspirational…Since becoming a Mustard Tree partner, we have noticed happier, more engaged, more loyal and more productive staff.” 

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Rob Guerney

/ My Home Move

Covid-19 update

Due to the current restrictions, we’re limited in the activities we can host on site at Mustard Tree. However, we’re always interested in establishing long-term and dynamic partnerships with local businesses.

How you can get involved with our work right now:

  • Set up a Zoom. Let’s share ideas about how you would like to get involved. We can tell you a bit about how we are adapting.
  • Fundraise for us! We have been so inspired by the virtual campaigns set up by our partners. See below for some creative and innovative approaches.
  • Organise a food collection. There are certain items we are always in need of – including tinned meat, fruit and veg for our Food Club – view the full list here.
  • Donate furniture. Do you know someone doing the Covid clear-out? Mustard Tree can collect sofas, beds and wardrobes, as well as fridges, freezers and washing machines. Please give our help desk a call for more information and to book a collection slot here.
  • Ask if your company are interested in hosting one of our Freedom trainees for a work placement. We appreciate this will be difficult at the moment, but if you’d like to start a conversation for opportunities further down the line – we’re all ears!
  • Link up with us on social media: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram (@MustardTreeMCR).
  • Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date about our work and find out about new opportunities (we don’t spam!).

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How can your business work with us?

As a company supporting a charity you want to see the impact you are having and for staff to feel really engaged with the cause.

Mustard Tree offers a variety of opportunities for companies and their employees to get involved. From sharing your skills by volunteering, offering work experience opportunities to fun fundraising challenges. Your team can make a real difference in helping to combat poverty and homelessness across Greater Manchester.

If you or your company want to find out more, see all the ways we’d love you to get involved below! Please contact Rosie at rosie.field@mustardtree.org.uk or call 0161 505 0291 / 07599 637219 for more information.

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Comments from our corporate partners

Our corporate partners are of immense value to Mustard Tree and we wanted to capture some comments from just a few of our wonderful supporters.

My Home Move

My Home Move  – Rob Gurney

My Home Move is an exceptional partner of Mustard Tree who goes above and beyond with their fundraising efforts. This is our fourth year of working together.

“What has been your favourite memory of working with Mustard Tree?”

“The level of engagement we have with Mustard Tree allows us to understand just how impactful our support is for the charity. It’s such an amazing and inspiring feeling to know that you are making a real difference to the lives of those relying upon your services. That is what makes us consistently take on challenges to fundraise for Mustard Tree.”

“How has your fundraising been so successful over the last few years?”

  • Payroll Giving Scheme – we have over 50 members of staff opting to have a defined sum of money deducted from their salary each month to donate to our chosen charities.
  • Hot drinks machines – alongside each free-vend coffee machine placed in the offices, we also have a charity machine which serves a superior quality hot drink for 50p. All profits from the machines go straight to our charities.
  • Staff lottery – we run a monthly lottery for staff whereby half the takings fund the prizes and the other half is donated to charity.
  • We hold a Danceathon in our Head Office carpark. 2 hours of Zumba after office hours can generate a lot of participation and people seem more than happy to sponsor the dancers!
  • We hold charity quiz nights in most of our sites – which are easy to organise and well supported. We sell entry tickets and food/drink at the events. They are great fun.
  • Last September, I completed a 1000 mile bike ride from Lands’ End to John O’Groats in 12 days, which raised a huge sum of money for Mustard Tree and other worthwhile charities.
  • More recently, a team of us have pledged our assistance to Mustard Tree for a day to assist in completing the refurbishment of their Ancoats centre.

PRP Architects

PRP Architects- Ed Cutler

PRP has been a wonderful partner getting involved in a wide range of fundraising and volunteering.

“What was the best thing you feel you achieved for Mustard Tree?” 

“Being able to provide a work experience for a Freedom Project Volunteer, and offering our on-going support and advice to them in their journey through professional qualifications and finding work.”

“Do you feel you have been supported in your efforts by Mustard Tree?”

“Absolutely – we have found Mustard Tree to be very approachable and received a lot of advice on how we can provide practical support to the charity. We had regular contact with the charity and they were always very quick in responding to our communications. It has been a very positive experience, and we hope to keep in touch.”

Hoist Finance

Hoist finance- Olivia Hall              

Our partnership with Hoist has been brilliant and is continuing from 2017 into 2018.

“What has been your favourite memory of working with Mustard Tree”? 

“Their on-going passion is something I always enjoy, and how they always share with us their latest initiatives to get us involved. As our business helps people in financial difficulties it seemed the perfect partnership.”

 “Do you feel you have been supported in your efforts by Mustard Tree”?

“Absolutely, they have been collaborative from the word go and they always involve us in all upcoming initiatives. If we hold any on-site events are they always happy to support to help spread awareness and drive engagement. They make it very easy for us to support them.”

Hurst & Company Accountancy

Hurst & Company Accountancy – Lucy McCormick

“Can you give some examples of the types of events you have run to raise money?” 

“We have done a Grand National sweepstake, a “Bounce for charity” event where tickets were sold for entrance to the trampoline park in Wilmslow, which also included a bake sale and raffle tickets. A 350km cycle challenge through Brussels, Holland and France. A Charity football tournament which Mustard Tree also took part in. A Rough sleep out to be of relevance to the cause. A Tuck shop in the Stockport office with all proceeds going towards the Mustard Tree, as well as the Manchester 10k.”

We wanted to ask “Was it was a good experience working with Mustard Tree?” 

“Yes – all the people we liaised with were always very helpful and friendly. Sophie was our main point of contact and she was always very good at suggesting ideas and ways for us to get more engaged with the charity/cause.”

Stowe Family Law

Stowe Family Law LLP

“Why did you choose Mustard Tree as one of your charities to donate to?”

“During COVID-19 the firm started an ambitious plan to support local charities and institutions, near its 23 office locations across England.  While investigating causes to support near our Manchester office, Mustard Tree stood out due to its response to the outbreak by providing food, clothes and other essentials, across Greater Manchester.”

“Can you give any examples of how you have raised funds for Mustard Tree?”

We just gave a straight-up donation during COVID-19, as we knew that would be the fastest way to support.  We are considering how to provide further support when the lockdown restrictions are eased.

“How important was it for you as an organisation to get involved in Mustard Tree’s work?”

“We always want to help organisations that clearly have a strong focus on helping those in need in the local community, especially where various groups are brought together.  In Mustard Tree’s case that includes academics, artists and other charities and causes.  This kind of support is all the more important during a pandemic – when public services are heavily strained.”

Swizzels Matlow

Swizzels Matlow, also known as just Swizzels, confectionery manufacturer in New Mills, Derbyshire, near Stockport
Pictured staff graduation

Swizzels Matlow

“Why did you decide to support Mustard Tree?”

 Homelessness is a concern for everyone.  And helping by just offering something for someone to cope with living on the streets isn’t enough but helping them to help themselves makes a big difference and this is something that Mustard Tree does.

“How has your fundraising been so successful?”

At Swizzels Matlow our employees know that every £1 they raise will be matched by the Company, up to £1,000 per person per year.  This gives them the incentive to raise as much as they can because they know that their efforts will be doubled.

Hill Dickinson

Hill Dickinson – Mark Fitz

Why did you choose Mustard Tree as one of your charities to donate to?
All of our office charities were chosen by our people – our colleagues in Manchester nominated and voted to support Mustard Tree as their office charity, as part of a corporate responsibility programme covering all five UK office locations.

Can you give any examples of how you have raised funds for Mustard Tree?

We have held games nights and quizzes, as well as raffles. Our trainees and solicitor apprentices have been particularly active in organising initiatives to raise funds for Mustard Tree.

How important was it for you as an organisation to get involved in Mustard Tree’s work?

Our people felt this was important to them because homelessness is prevalent in Manchester city centre, where our office is based, and they witness people who are homeless and living on the streets every day on their walk to work. In fact, our office door way is often used as a resting place, so our people wanted to do something to give back in a controlled way.

Blendsmiths Drinkmakers

Blendsmiths Drinkmakers – Ryan (Co-founder)

“Why did you choose Mustard Tree as one of your charities to donate to?”

We’d had previous engagement with disadvantaged groups in other regions and when we returned back to our home city of Manchester after some time away, we were to be honest quite shocked at the amount of people sleeping rough on the streets. We wanted to contribute in some way to help in the objective of making this situation better – Mustard Tree fitted our criteria to help this situation with their own objectives through providing for people less fortunate.

Their scope to provide practical skills, essential everyday items and connections back into society are the perfect stepping stones for getting people off the streets of Manchester, it was a no brainer for us to partner with Mustard Tree.

“Can you give any examples of how you have raised funds for Mustard Tree?”

We sell powdered drinks mixes to cafes across Europe, we will be contributing a % of sales on every item sold to Mustard Tree. We also have a couple of events lined up where proceeds will be donated to the charity.

“How important was it for you as an organisation to get involved in Mustard Tree’s work?”

People, connections, relationships are everything to us – as human beings, as a business we are nothing without them and to know that many people don’t have these simple day aspects in their own lives is too difficult for us to sit by and just watch.

For the past 12 months we have been running an on-going project named ‘Better Together’ which is exactly what it says on the tin, working together is the only way and Mustard Tree fits perfectly into this project.

We would like to provide some training further down the line when Covid restrictions allow, ultimately giving some of the Mustard Tree clients essential skills to be better prepared for entering the workplace.

Corporate Supporters

Thank you to all the companies, organisations and people who are and have been supporting us below. Mustard Tree simply wouldn’t be here without you.

If you’d like to become a Corporate Partner, or are simply interested in finding out more, please contact Rosie Field at rosie.field@mustardtree.org.uk.

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