We are delighted to announce that our February 2021 Company of the Month is FluidIT Consulting!
FluidIT began supporting Candlelighters last year, in response to our pandemic appeal and promptly became members of Candlelighters ‘Team 500’, by making a donation of £500.
The team were keen to support in other ways too and decided that they could use their online event series for SME businesses, Digital for Transformational Growth, to do this. Due to the pandemic, this would-be in-person event has been converted to an online schedule of webinars. Fantastically, they decided to donate the cost saving of each webinar in the series in lieu of holding the event in-person and also used their webinars as a way to talk to people about the work of Candlelighters and to share their support for us. They also supported our Candlelighters Christmas campaign and continue to work in partnership with us, looking at how they can add value to the charity.
Co-founder, Jonty Abbott, added, ‘The digital sector is doing ok and FluidIT is in the fortunate position of being able to help, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Charities like Candlelighters are experiencing a huge deficit in their fundraising targets, and this means very real-world problems when the work they do makes a considerable difference to people in our community. If you’re doing ok, now is the time to help out because they’re not doing ok. They’re in trouble. If you’ve got love to spare, if you can afford to help out, now is the time to do that.’
FluidIT was co-founded by two friends, Gareth Murphy and Jonty Abbott. The pair wanted to join their passions of helping businesses grow with the power of people and technology, and incorporating family values and being able to spend time with the people they love. The company grew on word of mouth and the team grew with people who shared their vision and values. Today FluidIT works across the UK and Europe with its roots embedded in Yorkshire.
FluidIT Technical Director Will Newham joined the business in 2020. As a member of the Kirkburton Uniformed Groups Beer Festival committee, (representing the parents and volunteers of the Scout and Girl Guides Groups of Kirkburton in Huddersfield), Will was already familiar with our work. In 2019, the group raised £1000 for Candlelighters, as we were supporting one of their scouts through their treatment.
Of their fabulous support, FluidIT said, ‘Coronavirus has affected all of us but for families coping with childhood cancer, the emotional, psychological and financial challenges are extreme. They need Candlelighters’ support now more than ever. The charity relies solely on the support of the community and their ability to fundraise has been massively impacted by Coronavirus restrictions.’