We are very proud of the athletes we directly sponsor and delighted with the success they have achieved both nationally and internationally. The level of commitment and determination the athletes display are key factors as they climb each step of the sporting ladder. We look forward to further developing our relationship with SportsAid and expanding the events we run together.
Tim Sansom, Partner, Rayner Essex
Rayner Essex is a chartered accountants and business advisory firm with offices in Central London and St Albans. The firm, established in 1967, aims to provide accountancy and tax solutions and advice in the most no nonsense, practical, transparent way possible. Rayner Essex has eight partners and around 70 staff members of staff. The company’s clients range from all fields of business, industry, the professions, arts and the entertainment world.
These clients include large corporate organisations, operating nationally and internationally, privately owned businesses of every size, professional practices, partnerships, sole traders and self-employed individuals. The firm has an extensive knowledge of overseas corporate financial matters and is an active member of INPACT International - a global alliance of independent professional accountants located throughout the world.
Rayner Essex has always had a strong sense of duty to the society and communities it serves. For many years the firm has organised distinctive, fun events for its friends and clients that also help raise funds for worthy causes such as SportsAid. These events include regional lunches, golf days and networking events. The firm's golf days have raised over £50,000 for charities that include the Willow Foundation and Rennie Grove Hospice.
Rayner Essex has been supporting SportsAid for well over a decade by running Lunch Clubs in Bloomsbury and St Albans to raise much-needed funds to help young talented athletes cover critical training and competition costs. The Lunch Clubs often centre around a practical demonstration of an Olympic or Paralympic sport with talks from high-profile sports people.
The Bloomsbury Lunch Club was born in the early 2000’s after Camden Council decided to establish a Local Business Development Group. Rayner Essex became one of the founding members and offered to help organise a Camden business lunch gathering. The Council programme did not proceed as envisaged so Rayner Essex decided to run its own event.
The Bloomsbury Lunch Club has raised nearly £50,000 to date and the SportsAid lunches in St Albans, including co-sponsors, has made over £40,000. Triple-jumper Stefan Amokwandoh, 110m hurdler Robert Sakala, 7-a-side Paralympic footballer Emyle Rudder and rowers Lola Anderson and Megan Duthart have all received SportsAid awards thanks to Rayner Essex.
Boxing sensation Caroline Dubois, 17, has been named as the winner of SportsAid’s prestigious One-to-Watch Award at the charity’s annual SportsBall, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada, this evening (15 November). She was presented with the award by Greg Rutherford after an outstanding year which saw her win gold at the Youth Olympic Games, the Youth World Championships and the European Youth Continental Championships.
The third annual SportsAid Week saw another magnificent fundraising effort from the charity’s supporters generate over £55,000 to provide backing to the next generation of British sporting talent. The initiative has now raised close to £150,000 since it first took place in 2016 to mark the charity’s 40th anniversary. Next year’s dates have already been announced for 23-29 September as SportsAid Week.
Rayner Essex, a chartered accountants and business advisory firm, is celebrating its 50 year anniversary in 2017. For well over a decade, Rayner Essex has been supporting SportsAid by running Lunch Clubs in Bloomsbury and St Albans, with the latter involving co-sponsors, to raise much-needed funds to help young talented athletes cover training and competition costs during the critical early stages of their careers.