Welcome Break Raises £1500 for Charity with Strategic Support from I-Tel Group’s CSR Initiatives

Learn about our strategic CSR contributions to the Welcome Break Charitable Fund and our collaboration with MacIntyre for impactful social change.

I-Tel Group has been Welcome Break‘s longstanding operational support partner, providing procurement, design and production, warehousing, and logistical support.

Since the beginning of our relationship in 2020, we have integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives as a core component, resulting in thousands of pounds raised for charities and good causes, which has been rewarding for everyone involved.

In 2023, Welcome Break launched the “Welcome Break Charitable Fund” to support local and national charities and grants for community projects to support causes significant to their teams and customers.

“We launched the Welcome Break Charitable Fund to make a tangible difference in the communities we serve,” said Julie Feazey for Welcome Break. “The operational support from I-Tel Group has been invaluable, enabling us to dedicate our efforts entirely to our mission of giving back.”

I-Tel Group has played an active role in supporting the operational management of the Welcome Break Charitable Fund. Our contributions include design, procurement, print management, storage and distribution, and ideation and prototype services, all aimed at raising awareness and promoting engagement and contributions to the fund among Welcome Break’s customers.

MacIntyre, another long-standing client of I-Tel Group, is a leading national charity creating inclusive and welcoming neighbourhoods where people with learning disabilities and autistic people can contribute, connect, and lead fulfilling lives. They provide learning, support, and care for more than 1,400 children, young people, and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism across England and Wales.

Across the social care setting there are challenges with recruitment and staff retention. As budgets become more constrained and limitations on expenditure more prevalent, organisations are looking for other ways to connect with their workforce and retain talent.

I-Tel Group works closely with the leadership teams to develop and initiate programmes that align with the organisation’s values, goals, and aspirations. Macintyre, like many third sector operations, has a large, fragmented workforce. To connect and build continuity it’s essential to have a programme of engagement from the beginning of their journey.

Recognising your employees, especially in this arena is essential. Many see their work as vocational but appreciation and fostering a sense of belonging is key. Ensuring staff feel valued and have a voice nurtures loyalty and pride in their work.

For this project we showcased the power of collaboration further by involving Dragons Den winners “Stand Out Socks”.  This amazing social enterprise, which focuses on increasing the awareness of Down syndrome, produces customised socks that exude vibrancy, audacity, and a dash of eccentricity. By including the socks in Macintyre’s New Starter packs, we yet again increase the social value chain culminating in a staff engagement project, part financed by corporate partners, highlighting two incredibly good causes and opening up multiple opportunities for future collaboration.A big thank you to Julia, Josh, and Vicki from the Welcome Break Charitable Fund, Seb Moh, Quality & People Director for Macintyre, and Oliver, Christian. Mark, Natalie, Jodie, Martha and Ross from Stand Out Socks.

Mel Gauci, Managing Director of I-Tel Group, emphasises the impact of these collaborations: “Our partnership with Welcome Break and our involvement with The Welcome Break Charitable Fund has been a cornerstone of our commitment to CSR. We are proud to have supported numerous initiatives that raise funds, foster community spirit, and connect people to events and causes that matter. It’s a testament to what we can achieve when we align our operations with our social values.”

I-Tel Group takes enormous pride in supporting these organisations and we look forward to growing and developing this social value chain to support both corporates and charitable organisations across the UK.

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For two years, Welcome Break has raised funds for charities through our strategic CSR inititatives.
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Gareth Shaw, I-Tel Group

Gareth Shaw

Senior Procurement Consultant

Gareth has over 19 years’ experience in commercial procurement contract management across both public and private sector. Holding senior positions at the Ministry of Justice and Turner and Townsend Gareth has overseen several multi million-pound contracts.
Guiding I-Tel in best practice and sustainability while offering practical solutions to steer our procurement team towards red tape reduction and compliant, efficient services.

Gareth Thompson

Legal & Compliance

Gareth is a qualified, senior commercial solicitor with 30 years’ experience. As counsel to the directors Gareth brings a wealth of experience to enhance I-Tel’s legal compliance and ensure supply chain legitimacy.
Overseeing all our commercial agreements and supporting the individual requirements of our clients, Gareth brings tremendous credibility to the whole organisation.
Dee Sarikaya, Head of Marketing, I-Tel Group

Dee Sarikaya

Head of Marketing

An impressive background with blue chip companies Dee is a former global B2B Commercial manager for Dyson. A proven track record in marketing and communications Dee is responsible for I-Tel’s client onboarding and messaging.
With huge experience in strategic international campaigns and working effectively in cross-functional teams Dee brings strong commercial acumen alongside an excellent ability to interact and influence at all levels.
Paul Keenan, Head of Client Services, I-Tel Group

Paul Keenan

Head of Client Services

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in B2B sales in both the public and private sector and heads up our client services division. Overseeing high value public and private sector contracts Paul has in depth knowledge of the industry.
Key contact to senior management and C suite clients with a problem solving, customer service excellence ideology.
Andrew Plummer, Operations Director, I-Tel Group

Andrew Plummer

Operation Director

A co-founder from the outset Andy has headed the operations team for I-Tel group. An engineer by trade Andy has a vast experience in manufacturing, logistics and warehousing.
Overseeing the day to day complexities of our hybrid model and ensuring all the individual parts function to produce the seamless highly efficient business model we see today.
Melvin Gauci, MD, I-Tel Group

Melvin Gauci

Managing Director

Managing Director and founding partner at I-Tel Group. Mel has been instrumental in transforming the business from a start-up cartridge manufacturing facility to an innovative forward thinking procurement company.
With 15 years at the helm and in depth knowledge of I.T. infrastructure and data analysis I-Tel Group is today one of the latest key players in the indirect procurement space.

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