Raquel Lesta and Newby Castleman, Chartered Accountants – Monthly Business Partnership Blog

November 2015

 As a charity we rely on the support of all kinds of individuals and organisations. For over 15 years we have benefited from a close relationship with leading firm of chartered accountants, Newby Castleman and over the last few years with their Senior Marketing Manager, Raquel Lesta.

Newby Castleman not only played a significant role in helping us to expand, but have also helped with managing the financial complexities that come with being a charity.

In particular, the firm has assisted us with the complex VAT issues surrounding the acquisition and refurbishment of our new premises and we were delighted that they also sponsored the hospitality at our launch event earlier this summer. Raquel also takes a personal interest in our progress; for example, she has taken up a role on our business panel and her continued endeavours have helped to cement our long standing relationship with the firm.

Due to another voluntary role Raquel holds on the Leicestershire committee of Wooden Spoon children’s charity, she was able to initiate a £20,000 fundraising project to install a project kitchen in our new building. This incredible sum ensured our new kitchen was ready in time for a Royal visit in June from HRH the Earl of Wessex to officially open our new premises. In addition it has helped us to launch our Thursday lunchtime ‘pop-up’ café which is run by young volunteers at Soft Touch to help them get experience in catering and cooking.

Raquel comments, “It’s been a huge pleasure to work alongside such a fantastic organisation and I am pleased that through the commitment of Newby Castleman and my own voluntary work, we have been able to have such a
positive impact.

At Newby Castleman we endeavour to work with our local community and we look forward to continuing to work with Soft Touch to bring about positive change to the lives of the young people that rely on the charity.”

Raquel Lesta is Senior Marketing Manager at Newby Castleman which has its head office at West Walk Building, 110 Regent Road, Leicester LE1 7LT.  Raquel can be contacted on 0116 2549262 or at ral@newbyc.co.uk. For more information about Newby Castleman visit their website atwww.newbycastleman.co.uk.

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