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First Pride P workshop on 20th June at Colchester

Pride P is the IoD Essex initiative in association with the Afghanistan Trust aimed at providing help and support for ex-parachute regiment members to engage with the business community and boost their employment opportunities. This will be an on-going programme but will also have one-to-one open workshops. The project kicks off with it’s first big day.

The first PRIDE P workshop will be held on 20 June at Colchester Barracks and will be a chance for PRIDE P candidates to get advice on how to successfully market themselves to potential employers, refine personal objectives and options, as well as prepare for interviews. There will also be a series of presentations, coaching and mentoring sessions in order to provide a rounded service to those in attendance. The workshop will be the first of its kind in the area and will fully engage with the needs of candidates. It will also enable local companies to discover the potential of these individuals.

Paul Finch, chairman of the Institute of Directors in Essex who has been the driving force behind the scheme, said: “The success of the initiative lies with companies realising the benefit of employing these ex-service men and women. It is my long term hope that the PRIDE P support programme allows many more soldiers to fulfil employment goals on their return to Essex. I strongly urge any company in Essex that may be interested to get in touch.”


< To find out more about PRIDE P please contact Tina Weavers at the IoD Essex branch or             01376 518795


Three peaks, 24 hours and a target to raise £2,000 for charity. That was the challenge undertaken by Paul Finch, Chairman of the Essex Institute of Directors, and two businessmen from the Southend-on-Sea Round Table and 41 Club, with the aim to raise money in aid of Help for Heroes.

Starting at Ben Nevis in Scotland at 5.00pm on Friday 14 May, Paul, Bill Shirley and Richard Metcalf began the challenge to reach the summit of the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours.

After completing the Scottish leg in five hours the intrepid trio made their way to Scafell Pike in the Lake District. The six hour drive allowed just enough time to recover and complete their next hurdle in three hours and 50 minutes. Next, their route took them to Mount Snowdon in Wales. Impressively, the team completed their gruelling challenge in just over 24 hours, despite Paul requiring treatment to his knee at the summit of Mount Snowdon.

Paul Finch, Chairman of the Essex Institute of Directors and Managing Director of Southend-based business Spares4Appliances, said: “This was one of the most gruelling challenges we have undertaken. However, the adverse weather conditions, injuries and lack of sleep were all worth it to raise money for charity. Even the deep snow and thick cloud at Ben Nevis did not dampen our spirits, and seeing the sunrise at 4.30am in the Lake District was breathtaking.

“We could not have done it without the help of our driver Paul Marsh, who ensured we made it comfortably and safely to each mountain.  I would also like to thank all of our generous sponsors, including Steve’s Van Hire, Spares4Applicanes, our friends, family and colleagues.”

Launched in October 2007, Help for Heroes aims to help people who are currently serving or have served in the Armed Forces, and their dependents, by making grants available to purchase equipment for their rehabilitation or grants to other charities that can assist them.