Working in partnership with The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes, we are pleased to confirm that Pride:MK will take place on 12th September 2020 in Campbell Park. The event will be family friendly and wheelchair accessible with BSL interpreters on site. There will be food, live music, entertainment and a stall area where local LGBTQ+ supportive businesses and service providers can connect with the community and sell / raise awareness of their products and services.

 

Santander @ Pride:MK

We love Milton Keynes!  We feel so privileged to be the headline sponsors for Pride:MK.

We are deeply proud of our connection to Milton Keynes - with our investment to build a world-class new headquarters here, alongside our major role in the creation of MK:U, the UK's first university focused on digital skills, and our involvement of Pride:MK - we hope you can feel this love we have of your town!

At Santander, we respect that our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and so do our people, and we aim to celebrate the diversity in our workplace in order to create an inclusive culture.  Our support of the LGBT+ community, colleagues and customers is integral to ensuring this.

#SantandersupportsPride

This year, on the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, Santander’s employee-led LGBT+ and allies network, called Embrace, has been more active than ever, ensuring Pride is recognised and celebrated throughout the communities Santander serves.

We believe that it is more important than ever to demonstrate our commitment to everyday inclusion, which is why as well as sponsoring Pride:MK, and of course attending many other Prides such as London, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester, we also looked to reach a wider network by supporting newer Prides such as Dundee, Hull, Huddersfield and Worthing.  

We have officially attended 16 Prides in 2019, with more colleagues choosing to get involved in other events where they work and live, to which we have had an overwhelming positive response from customers and the general public alike.

Santander supports Milton Keynes

Last year we unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art new campus to support our long-term growth strategy – this represents an investment in Milton Keynes in excess of £150m.

Our new campus will act as our UK technology hub, delivering a boost for the Government’s vision of Cambridge-Milton-Keynes “growth corridor” nurturing the UK’s most innovative industries.

The proposed new office, to be home to over 5,000 staff, will replace our existing local office buildings with a world-class working environment specifically designed to encourage collaboration and innovation, supported by cutting-edge technology.

Features of the planned new campus will include:  

· An environmentally sustainable building designed around enhancing the health and well being of occupants;

· Event space for colleague training as well as community events and classes;

· A range of health facilities including a fitness centre, cycle storage and rooftop walking and running track; and

· Flexible collaboration space that will be offered to local businesses and community organisations.

We also recently announced our backing of MK:U, the UK’s first university focused on digital skills, providing £30 million of funding to help establish the university and further strengthen Milton Keynes’ position as Europe’s leading Smart City.  

MK:U is being developed by Cranfield University, and our involvement as a huge international and local employer reflects our need for career-ready, highly-skilled graduates for the digital age, which will provide jobs and growth for your wonderful town into the future.  It will provide a pipeline of talent and fantastic development opportunities for our staff in important areas including data science, artificial intelligence and cyber security.  

Like every industry, banking is being revolutionised by digital technology and we want to be at the forefront of this change for our customers.

Our contribution is one of the biggest corporate donations to British higher education in recent years.  Alongside £10m in capital financing, we will contribute £20m in running costs for the first three years of MK:U’s life. The capital costs will help finance iconic buildings in central Milton Keynes, which will serve as the heart of the new university.

Ask me my pronouns

We want to be part of the conversation – visit the #Santandersupportspride stand to find out more!

Enjoy your day! And thank you to Q:alliance for the work they have done for Pride:MK.

Find out more about Santander on www.santander.co.uk

Follow #SantanderSupportsPride to see our activity on social media.


Plexus Communications has evolved from a foundation delivering web solutions and cloud based communications to integrating these core services today with Sales & Marketing automation and much more. Our ethos is to ensure that the customer experience you deliver is the best it can possibly be when communicating with your clients, whether that be through a website, social platforms or the humble telephone.

What makes us unique is that we have all of these skills under one roof. We can assist with anything from a simple brochure website right through to a fully integrated enterprise-class platform including elements such as e-commerce, CRM, marketing automation, cloud based PBX, digital customer contact centre, collaboration tools and social media brand development.

Our services are all delivered through a cost effective monthly all-inclusive model which means that we can deliver advanced services to small and medium businesses that would have previously been out of reach.

We are results driven and having all the skills in-house means we can tailor your brand to ensure your website, business collateral (print + digital) and CRM are all aligned with consistent and effective messaging. We can even enable calls into your business to be routed directly to specific specialist agents with appropriate skills unique to each caller to ensure a first time resolution for the end user.

Our all-encompassing service model eliminates the need to manage multiple suppliers and the inevitable frustrations that come with having to relay messaging, often with subject matter that is beyond your comfort zone. We enable you to focus on what you do best while we take care of your sales, marketing and communication systems; giving you back more time to run your business.

We are proud to be able to support Pride:MK 2020 as their Digital and Design Partner. We are working with the pride to ensure their digital presence and design is inline with each other, eye catching and one that will be a great foundation for years to come. We will be using technologies to market the event and keep the brand and date at the forefront of people’s minds across multiple social channels.


My wife Mary and I started Pink Punters in 2000 - we owned Bletchley Nightclub for many years before that and had met so many different people who by the end of it, weren't just customers but friends. We had amassed a considerable following of people who identified as LGBTQ+ who wanted more. Over time, we started LGBTQ+ nights as at the time there was a very real need to provide safe spaces for same sex couples to hang out, discuss and dream about what heterosexual couples took for granted.Such as having a drink, holding hands, being intimate without fear, getting married and settling down to have their own families.

It took several years to really establish the Pink Punters brand as Milton Keynes was not known for attracting customers like the gay villages in the centre of Manchester, Birmingham, London & Brighton.

In 2009 we established our charitable Rainbow Operations which consists of the biggest gay bus in the world!!! It hosts its own crew and resources such as the rainbow village, stages, sound systems and space for media teams - and has been mobilised to hundreds of LGBTQ+ events across the UK. Our most memorable Rainbow Operation came after the homophobic murder of Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square in September 2009. The organiser of the 'No to Hate' charity wanted to host a candlelit vigil in Trafalgar Square in his memory and contacted us for help. Within 24 hours Rainbow Operations had mobilised two lorries, one van and the biggest gay bus in the world along with a crew of rainbow volunteers to provide support to those mourning the loss of Ian under such horrific circumstances.

We are very proud to be the Entertainment Sponsor for Pride:MK. We really wanted to make sure that Pride:MK was given every opportunity to deliver a great range of artists with something for everyone. The line-up will truly bring a WOW factor to the event and re- energise the LGBTQ+ community, their families and their friends. We hope that you all enjoy the day and take the opportunity to celebrate all the great things that the LGBTQ+ community has achieved. But also remember to look ahead to what still needs to be done - working against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia wherever it's found.


Diversity, in all forms, leads to better business outcomes,but at NHBC we don't just 'tick the box'.We are driven by our social purpose, being fair and consistent, and doing the right thing-both in businessand forthose who work for us.

Our core values - Excellent, Connected, Human and Progressive - run through everything. We aim to create a great workplace; challenging, supporting and respecting each other, and celebrating each other's unique contributions.

We know life outside of work is as important as what our colleagues do for us. Modern life can be a challenge and we're committed to providing all employees with the choice and flexibility to find the right balance.

We're a family friendly workplace - whatever form your family takes. We're always happy to talk flexible working, offering a wide range of benefits to support physical, financial and emotional wellbeing.

This includes our pioneering approach to equalising paternity, maternity and adoption leave, meaning all new parents - regardless of how you become a parent - can take advantage of 13 weeks of leave on full pay and up to a year off.

We're proud to sponsor Pride:MK 2020, as we take another step on our diversity journey.