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SFH Business Alliance Group

Supported by Barry Hearn. 
Matchroom Sport 
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The SFH Business Alliance Group is made up from local people who meet every quarter to realise and action business opportunities as well as to organise their goals for the Hospice.

The group is headed and hosted by Barry Hearn, a local businessman and Chairman of Matchroom Sport, one of the largest suppliers of sports programming: supplying virtually every major broadcast of sports in the world.

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Our goal is to bring social and business networking together with community and charitable activity. Networking which will not only make a difference to your business, but your community as well.

There is no membership fee or forced referrals, our only 'ask' is that business members support the Hospice in anyways possible, whether through financial support, gifts in kind or publicity,

Who should attend?
  • Local business professionals looking to increase their network
  • Business owners
  • Sole traders
  • Free of charge to attend! 

Why attend?
  • Raise your profile in the local business community
  • By demonstrating your CSR you are demonstrating the you are engaged with community causes

  • Connect with like-minded businesses
  • Develop long lasting business relationships
  • Good PR! If you follow us on social media, you will know that we like to take about the businesses that support us
  • You will be supporting your local Hospice. Saint Francis Hospice supports 4,000 local people every year affected by a life limiting illness. We need to raise £21K every single day to provide our services for free.

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A Foresters survey found that 89% of consumers think businesses should support charities and their local communities and 82% said that when offered a choice between identical products or services, their purchasing decision would be affected by whether a company engages with charities and its local community.

Be a Hospice Champion

Do you and your colleagues want to make a real and tangible difference to our patients? Our top supporters have formed The 500 Club. The Club is collectively aiming to raise £6,500 to pay for a specialist bed and mattress for our inpatients. Our patients need beds that will offer them exceptional care and comfort" and you could help provide that for them.


We are looking for a total of 13 members to join our club. In return you will get some fabulous PR in the local press, in our ‘Living with Dignity’ Magazine (which has a circulation of 19,000), on our social media and website. 

Our members include:


  • The very interesting and talented, Steve Davis
  • Stephen James and the Hornchurch Networking Group
  • Matchroom Sport
  • McDonalds
  • NC Construction
  • SME IT
  • Crystal Communications

For more information contact Mary-Anne on 01708 77143 or email maryannedonovan@sfh.org.uk

Meeting dates and events for 2018:

  • Business Alliance Meeting: March (date TBC)
  • Steve Davis Family and Friends Golf Day: Friday 6th April 
  • Thorndon Park Golf Day with Barry Hearn: Tuesday 26th June
  • Abridge Golf Day with Barry Hearn: Friday 5th October

If you would like to join us at the next meeting or for more information, please contact Mary-Anne Donovan or Mike Allen on 01708 771433.

Read about how our June 2017 Business Alliance Meeting went here. 

Every penny matters.. here is where some of your money goes:

Hospice at Home, hour of care: £54
Community team visit: £286
Cost per inpatient, per day: £574

With special thanks to the members of the SFH Business Alliance Group.

McDonald's Romford, Acumen Design, Bennetts Funerals, Engleman Wills and Power of Attorney, Starstruck Autographs, Magic Enigma, Stephen James Accommodation, Concept Solutions, F Barnes Solicitors, Haines Watts, Positive Change Consultancy, Barclays Bank, Morgan Signs, Harmony IT Services Limited, Pinney Talfourd, Time 107.5, FRP Advisory, Mix-N-Lay, HSBC, Saunders Solicitors, Adecco, Supergene, TJ Clients, Orion Clothing
NC Construction, Sprint Communications, Liquorice, Mullis & Peake, Everything Glass and SME IT.