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Clydesdale Bank Business Week charity football match nets £1,000 for Watford hospice

21st May 2014

A charity football match pitting the cream of Clydesdale Bank’s local football talent against a team of Hertfordshire professionals has helped to raise £1,000 for Watford’s Peace Hospice.

The event was held on Monday May 12th at Clarence Park, home of St Albans City FC, as part of Clydesdale Bank’s Business Week.

The assembled football talent of Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking South Region took on a team drawn from a number of Hertfordshire professional firms. Prior to the main game, two local under-12 youth teams from Harpenden Colts and St Albans City Youth had their first taste of playing 11-aside football on a full-sized pitch.

The event raised £1000, including £500 of match-funding from Clydesdale Bank.

David Clarke, Head of Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in St Albans and manager of the Clydesdale Bank team, said:

“Our charity football match was a fantastic way to kick off our Business Week activities. The event allowed us to engage in a fun way with our local professional community, raise much needed funds for the Peace Hospice and also give our local youngsters a shot at playing on a full-sized pitch.

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all who took part in the event and those who dug deep to contribute to a very worthy cause.”

Alasdair McMillin, Managing Partner at leading St Albans legal firm Sherrards and manager of the Hertfordshire professionals side, said:
“It was a pleasure to be part of such a great evening. Our association with Clydesdale Bank in St Albans has always been very strong and it was rewarding to help the Bank raise funds for the Peace Hospice.”

Business Week, which is being held from 12-16 May will see more than 250 customer-focused events staged at the Bank’s UK-wide network of Business and Private Banking Centres, including a number of high profile events in London, Reading, Oxford, Gatwick and Bury St Edmunds.

Businesses from across the UK are being invited to meet with some of the UK’s leading financial experts to discuss their most pressing commercial issues such as; planning and securing finance for growth, improving profitability and succession planning.

Research commissioned by Clydesdale Bank as part of Business Week suggested that South East small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are ready to invest nearly £16bn of their own turnover* into the local economy over the next 12 months.

*Source: Dept BIS.  Annual SME total turnover £227bn

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