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As the owner of a growing North East business, I am passionate about the community around me.

I appreciate that to run a successful firm, it’s not just about winning new clients, number crunching and profit and loss, it’s about relationships and the trust people place in you that you’re going to look after them.

And a big part of that is the work you do over and above what’s expected or required – doing your bit to support the communities and individuals around you.

That’s why I’m a firm believer that businesses should do their bit for charities in their local area.

These organisations rely entirely on the support they get from the public to continue the good work they do and if you as a business owner are in a position to help, then it’s my opinion that you should.

Not because it boosts your profile but because it’s the right thing to do and makes a real difference.

That’s why I was delighted to agree a partnership with Bringing Back a Smile for Wealth Of Advice to become the charity’s flagship sponsor.

I get asked all the time to support charities but the work done by Kevin Hill and the team struck a chord with me as they’ve helped the daughter of a friend of mine who has been going through gruelling treatment for leukaemia.

I was so impressed with everything they’re doing to help young children who are affected by serious or terminal illness, and the vital support the charity offers to their families, that I knew I wanted to do everything I could to help.

Over the next year we’ll be working with the Bringing Back a Smile team to boost their efforts to raise enough money to buy a caravan at Primrose Valley, which will be available to families all year round who need a break from the pressures of hospital stays and intense treatments.

This for me is what’s important – of course any business owner wants to be successful, but if that success enables you to provide support to charities that desperately need it, it makes the everyday pressures of running a business so very worthwhile.