Digital & IT

Published: February 20, 2020 | Updated: February 20, 2020

What a brilliant idea for helping good causes – and you heard it first through the Grapevine!

By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Dorset business has come up with a brilliant way of marking the leap year.

With 2020 bringing an extra day of work, business technology provider Grapevine has decided to donate the time to charitable organisations and causes.

The Leaps project sees its team allowed an extra day away from work during 2020 to support a charity of their choice.

By allowing staff to select a charity, Poole-based Grapevine hope to have a greater overall impact in its support of worthwhile causes.

There is also the potential of staff continuing to back their chosen charity in their own time.

James Spinks, Sales Director, pictured left, proposed the Leaps project to the Grapevine team.

He said: “As a business we are always looking for ways to make a positive contribution to our local community and charities.

“We also recognise the challenge for each of our staff to find time to spare on top of the other commitments they have outside of work.

“The leap year presented a great opportunity for us to trial the project with our team and hope that it may help open doors for continuing to support these worthwhile causes.”

The first to ‘donate a day’ will be Eloise Gullis, Customer Support Manager, pictured right.

She will be volunteering for Autism Wessex next month, helping with activities for the children at Portfield School.

Eloise said: “My brother used to go to Portfield School, so Autism Wessex has always been a very close charity to me, and I enjoy helping them out when I can.”

Founded in 1991, Grapevine has offices in Poole and Bath supporting organisations across the South and South West.

The company has evolved from its early years as a reseller of business mobile contracts to a team of 24 staff providing managed IT support, cloud hosted phone systems and connectivity services.

Clients include the Royal Yachting Association, Chewton Glen, AET Transport, First Capital Finance, Saltwater Stone, Walker AEC, East Boro Housing Trust and Julia’s House.

Grapevine also has a long-standing relationship with Bournemouth University and is the 2020 sponsor for the Alumni Association’s programme of business focused events in Dorset, Bristol and London.

  • Why not join Grapevine and allow your staff a day away from work this year to help a good cause? If you’re interested in taking part then please contact Liam Toms at so details of your involvement can be recorded.