Summer Social at the House of Commons
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Members of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) and their guests enjoyed a super evening on the banks of the River Thames in May, at the ARC Summer Social.

More than 150 attendees mingled in the fabulous setting of the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Commons, enjoying glasses of fizz and canapés in the sunshine.

Business growth

Jake Berry, MP, (pictured above) was the event host and he made a very positive speech about the crucial role the recruitment industry plays in the UK economy. He also paid tribute to the contribution which trade bodies, and in particular ARC, make in maintaining standards and promoting business growth. Mr Berry made reference to the current ARC campaign to challenge unfair payment terms and ‘pay when paid’ clauses’ which can damage SMEs, saying that this policy is in line with both government and EU policy.

The event was dedicated to raise funds for Malaria No More UK and Chris Richardson-Wright from the charity made a moving speech about the work the organisation does in Africa and how malaria contributes to poverty across the continent.

Guests made some generous contributions and taking into account all efforts the evening raised a total of £2,750 for the charity. This is enough money to buy, transport and hang 550 mosquito nets and help protect 1,100 people from the disease.*

Helen Mabberley, Fundraising Manager at Malaria No More UK, who also attended the event says: “We would like express our sincere thanks to the ARC and its members for raising such a wonderful amount for Malaria No More UK at their Summer Social. It was a pleasure meeting members at the event, and their generosity will help us to continue our vital work making sure that eventually, no child dies from this preventable, curable disease”

After the ARC chairman had thanked Jake Berry, Chris, Helen and the sponsors, comedian and magician Nick Einhorn took to the stage and at one point made a bottle of bubbly appear out of thin air (a trick we would all like to learn!)

Speaking after the event Adrian Marlowe, Chairman of ARC said: “It was a wonderful evening and we are very grateful to Jake Berry for his kind words about the work we are doing. I am delighted, as I’m sure all our members and guests are, that we were able to help Malaria No More UK in this way.”

ARC would like to thank all the event sponsors; RACS Group, Baker Tilly, Towergate Insurance, Gold Group and Lawspeed, without whom this fantastic evening would not have been possible. We are already planning the 2014 Summer Social and look forward to seeing you there!

* Source: Malaria No More UK