Macclesfield is at the heart of our story. It’s where our great, great grandfather put down his Italian roots and set up shop with the support of the local community. All kinds of people, from farmers to mill workers to silk manufacturers worked alongside him to build the business.
Even though we’re now a long established part of the town, we still feel a debt of gratitude to Macclesfield for our place in the landscape. That’s why we like to do our bit for the community and employ local people if we can - we currently have over 100 staff who live in Macclesfield and the surrounding area.
We love to do our bit for the community, whether that's supporting the local Football team in any way we can - we're on their shirts and we're often on the touchline too - or doing our bit for our local charities, we love to get involved. If you pop into the store, every now and again you'll find our staff all kitted out to raise money. To name a few, we've dressed up as superheroes for Cash4Kids, dressed in red for the British Heart Foundation Wear Red campaign and even sported pink from head to toe for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Alongside our local charities, we also do a lot to help the East Cheshire Hospice. Close to our hearts the East Cheshire Hospice is a hugely loved and admired local charity providing care and support for adults with life-limiting illnesses, along with their families. Staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and support staff, the Hospice provides round the clock care for over 300 patients every year.
As a registered charity, all their services are provided completely free of charge to patients, but as the Hospice receives less than 20% of its funding from the government, the remainder has to be found independently through donations. And that’s where we come in, working with others to try and find ways to plug the gap in any way we can.
Take a look below at some of our highlights!
Run with George
Early one Sunday morning in February, ten-year-old George Mathias put on his running shoes and jogged a mile round Arighi Bianchi with Director Nick Bianchi!
“George is a rather special young man,” says Nick Bianchi. “He’s raising money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity as a thank you for saving his little brother’s life, running a mile for every month he’s had with 6-year-old James. That’s 75 miles and counting! I was delighted to help with a fun-run around the store and a full English breakfast in our café bar at the end of it!”
Joined by George's little brother James and his cousins (Sam and Lucy Roberts), George not only ticked another mile off his list but also got a great tour of the store!
Jack & the Beanstalk
With our history of innovation and interiors, we’re closely linked with the Arts as well, and are currently supporting a new Christmas production of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Clonter Opera in Congleton.
With the return of the completely fabulous Macclesfield Barnaby Festival, you'll find a collection of artist Helen Robinson's original artwork hung up around the store. We were part of the Festival’s Art Trail and look forward to more arty collaborations like this in the future.
East Cheshire Winter Wonderland Ball
November 2015 had us donning our best bib and tucker for the East Cheshire Hospice Winter Wonderland Ball, we not only sponsored the event but also added a little something to the goodie bags for the evening. The event was a great way to thank everyone who has and is involved in raising both money and awareness for the East Cheshire Hospice and all the amazing work they do every day.
Great Machester Run
This year we strapped on our running shoes and got fit raising money for the East Cheshire Hospice.