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Help Punchline celebrate the Business Community Champions helping Gloucestershire

As the county tackles the coronavirus crisis great stories are emerging of businesses going over and above to help their communities.

Having spoken to some of these companies, we know many have not shouted about their deeds - not wanting them to be interpreted as anything other than sincere.

But we think they should, be recognised and want to share those stories, to give those involved the credit they are due and hopefully inspire others to step forward.

Which is why we have teamed up with GFirst LEP, the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, to launch what we are calling's Business Community Champions.

Today we have shined the spotlight on Bell Contracting's simple act - the donation of face masks to the NHS to help staff. But that bit of quick thinking has given staff on the front line more chance of staying stay safe and well as they work to save as many lives.

It is a story which has already had a knock-on effect, which other tradesmen and women dropping off their own protective gear - gloves, face masks and overalls - to doctors' surgeries and hospitals.

For the Forest of Dean-headquartered family firm it is a story of a company that despite being in virtual lockdown - and dealing with all the concerns that brings for itself and its staff - has found time to think also of those in less fortunate circumstances.

Read more: Punchline Business Community Champion: Construction firm donates face masks to NHS front line 

Read more: Punchline Business and Community Champion: Help bike project provide a lifeline for keyworkers 

We here at Punchline think it is both moving, inspiring and humbling - and we know there are many, many stories of both big and small deeds by businesses which are using thier skills, resources, staff, acumen, talents, generosity, time, expertise, quick thinking, to not just look after themselves but to make a difference when we all need it most.

GFirst LEP, which exists to support Gloucestershire economy and its business community think that is something we should celebrate, record, champion and run high up the flag pole here because it shows what kind of people we have among us.

And we here at Punchline are in awe of their efforts.

Please send us your inspiring stories - you don't have to write them, just let us know why you think it is a tale worth telling - and we will do the rest.


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