Jewish Care raises over £8,000 at very first online Business Breakfast

07 Jul 2020

More than 100 people joined a Jewish Care’s first online Business Breakfast, raising over £8,000 for the charity’s core services.

During the breakfast, donors heard from Tim Steiner OBE, co-founder and chief executive of Ocado, and Robin Klein, entrepreneur and investor who was until 2015, a venture partner at Index Ventures and co-founder of The Accelerator Group, an advisor and investor in early-stage companies. The pair were interviewed by the former director of BBC News and co-founder of Tortoise Media, James Harding.

Among the issues discussed by the panel were the digitalisation of consumerism, particularly during Covid-19, and the challenges faced by businesses, start-ups and companies in the coming months while the response to Covid-19 changes.

Tim Steiner described how Ocado overcame unprecedented challenges at the beginning of lockdown, as the company experienced sudden surges in online food orders and no mechanism in place to adequately control queuing methods. He described the difficulty in finding a way to prioritise shielding and existing loyal customers before others. Mr Steiner also described how “the pandemic has brought out the best of many people with their willingness to go above and beyond for others in need. We had staff who wanted work around the clock to ensure people were able to access food deliveries.”

Robin Klein discussed the impact of and necessity for start-ups and entrepreneurialism in the current climate. He also discussed the growing trend and desire of younger people to join a company that contributes to society one way or another, and that there is more of an interest in asking companies about their contributions and values.

Mr Klein commented, “I can’t imagine how we would be dealing with Covid right now if it weren’t for the internet. The entrepreneurial spirit of people to adapt under the pressures of lockdown means that people have demonstrated incredible resilience and creativity.”

Lord Howard Leigh, Chairman of Jewish Care’s Business Breakfast Committee said:

“This morning was a tremendous opportunity to support Jewish Care at a time when we need it the most. This was our 94th breakfast but our first digital breakfast, and we are very grateful to our wonderful supporters for their continued generosity during such unprecedented times. Thank you to our panellists, Tim Steiner and Robin Klein for giving us an insight into the impact on business during and after lockdown and thank you to James Harding for facilitating the conversation and helping us to raise much needed funds.”

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement, Jewish Care said:

“The challenges to Jewish care during Covid-19 have been significant. First and foremost, we are here to look after the older people in our community, who are often the most vulnerable. Our staff have been working around the clock to provide the level of care that our community deserve and expect of us. We are hugely appreciative of the donations received today, which will make a huge difference to the support that our care homes and services need during this time.”