Open letter from business leaders in support of /together

Dear Reader,

The 5th July marks the 72nd birthday of the NHS and the nation is going to come together to give thanks. Thanks to all those who have helped us through this crisis, those who have gone to work to keep us healthy and supplied, our neighbours who have looked after the vulnerable and the whole country for sticking with social distancing, even when it was hard.

As businesses we will be part of that moment because we too have many people to thank. Our colleagues, our suppliers, our customers and our communities. These have been difficult times for us all and we have only survived because of them.

But saying thanks is only the start. We know that this crisis will have long lasting and widespread ramifications with the potential impact on livelihoods as profound as the crisis itself. We know too that the only way we will get through this is if we build on the connections and community spirit, we have nurtured in the last few months to build a kinder, compassionate, considerate world that can support each other through the years ahead.

Businesses have a key role to play and as business leaders we are committing ourselves to doing all that we can to be part of building closer communities to build broader prosperity for all. What that will look like will be different for different businesses, and it might include supporting volunteering in the local community, providing resources to local community groups or helping our colleagues connect better with each other. We know that this will have huge benefits for both our communities and for our individual mental and physical wellbeing.

While the roles that we can play will be different, the outcomes we seek are the same: a closer connected society where we know each other better, are better able to support each other and where we build caring communities in which we all feel we belong. We hope that that will become one of the positive legacies of the devastating virus.

Signed...

Dame Helena Morrissey, Founder, 30% club
Ian Stuart,CEO, HSBC UK Bank plc
Angela Darlington, CEO, Aviva UK Life
Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General CBI
Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, VP EMEA, Facebook
Bill Kelleher, IBM UK and Ireland.
John Pearce, CEO, Made in Britain
Nick Matthews, Chair, Co-Operatives UK
Jonathan Downey,Founder, Hospitality Union
Stephen Kelly,Chair, Tech Nation
Steve Rowe,CEO, Marks & Spencer
Peter Jones,CBE
Sir Donald Brydon,Chair, Sage
Richard Davies ,Founder, Twickets
Jeffrey Young,Founder, Allegra Group
Justin King,Former CEO, Sainsbury’s
Ronan Harris,MD, Google UK & Ireland
Julie Abraham,CEO, Richer Sounds
Sir Charlie Mayfield ,Former Chair, John Lewis & Partners
Kate Nicholls,CEO, UK Hospitality
Gerry Ford,Founder & CEO, Caffé Nero
Stephen Woodford,CEO, Advertising Association
Sophie Devonshire,CEO, The Marketing Society
Peter Mühlmann,Founder & CEO, Trustpilot
Raoul Shah & Tim Bourne,co-founders, Exposure
Mike Butcher MBE,Founder, Techfugees & TechVets
Chris Turner,Executive Director, B Lab UK
Josh Graff,UK Country Manager, LinkedIn
Mike Cherry OBE,Federation of Small Businesses
Gavin Patterson,CEO, Salesforce
Kevin Ellis,Chairman, PWC UK
Martha Lane-Fox
Paul Moody,Executive Chair, Card Factory
Louise Hill, ,co-founder and COO of gohenry
John Hitchcox,Founder of YOO
Kyle Whitehill,CEO of Avanti Communications
Amanda McKenzie,CEO, BITC
Adam Marshall,Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce
Maurice Ostro OBE,Chair, Business Action Council
Oli Wheeler,CEO, Threesixty
Donald Morrison,SVP, Jacobs
Peter Simpson,CEO, Anglian Water
Julian David,CEO Tech UK
Alison Rose,CEO, NatWest Group
Gerard Manley ,MD, Olam International
Hayden Wood,co-founder and CEO, Bulb
Amit Gudka,co-founder and Chief Energy Officer, Bulb
Steve Butterworth,CEO Neighbourly
Bill Michael,Chairman, KPMG in the UK
Paul Bainsfair,Director General, IPA
Susie Ma,CEO, Tropic
Andrew Croft CEO,St James’s Place
David Allen,CEO, Wates Group
Mark Evans,CEO, Telefonica UK (O2)
Moray MacLennan,CEO, M&C Saatchi
Simon Emeny,CEO, Fuller, Smith and Turner PLC
Lord Rami Ranger CBE,Chairman, Sun Mark
Will Butler-Adams,CEO, Brompton Bikes
Richard Fearon,CEO, Leeds Building Society
Rob Hattrell,VP UK, eBay.
Ash Schofield,CEO, giffgaff
Mike Hawes, CEO, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)
Richard Torbett,CEO, British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
Caroline Norbury MBE,CEO, Creative Industries Federation & Creative England
Audrey Gallacher,Interim CEO, Energy UK
Neil Carberry,CEO, Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

We would like to thank all the funders who have supported this campaign, especially the Aviva Foundation