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Acorns driving force behind London Welsh Business Club

Acorns driving force behind London Welsh Business Club
London Welsh RFC (Tuesday 18 May), together with 10 Welsh-based businesses, today launched its official Business Club at the Village Hotel in Cardiff in a bid to raise the clubs profile amongst the business community in Wales.
Five of the seven London Welsh heroes selected for the 1971 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand - a Lions record in amateur times, were present on the day captain John Dawes (now London Welsh president), JPR Williams, Mervyn Davies, John Taylor (now managing director of London Welsh), and Geoff Evans. Former player, Wales captain and British & Irish Lion, Colin Charvis, was also in attendance.
Representatives from the 10 founder members of the Business Club accompanied the former stars, including Acorn, Capital Law, Capital Networks, Cardiff & Co, Catalyst Design, COS Group, Quadrant Media & Communications, Thomas Carroll, Village Hotels and Vista Retail Support.
Former Wales and British and Irish Lions Flanker and London Welsh RFC Managing Director, John Taylor, believes the launch of the Business Club in Wales will bring the club closer to the Welsh community and fans once again. I am thrilled that so many Welsh-based companies have bought into the London Welsh brand and see this as an opportunity to promote themselves, and Wales, in London. We look forward to welcoming them and their clients to Old Deer Park which they will all see is a very special place on match day, he said.
We also have an exciting cross-border partnership with the Ospreys to look forward to that will not only be beneficial to the club and its members but the future of Welsh rugby. By sharing ideas and resources with a world-class outfit like the Ospreys, we will only improve as a club, and in time be in a position where we can also operate at the very highest level.
In addition to new business development opportunities, members will receive a range of other benefits for joining the London Welsh Business Club from hospitality tickets and private function space to network development and direct marketing support. For now, the Club is targeting one company per sector to avoid competition among the members. The London Welsh Business Club annual membership is 5,000, which is payable in three installments. A limited number of memberships are available in the first instance, with categories therefore available on a first come, first served basis.
The driving force behind the London Welsh Business Club and Group Marketing Director of Acorn, Dan Langford, said:  As Business Club members, not only can we play our part in helping to propel the club back to the top flight of English rugby, but it is also an exciting and unique platform from which member companies can look to position themselves within the London business scene, to develop new contacts and to drive new business opportunities.
The Business Club has been primarily focused on encouraging engagement with Welsh-based businesses, but weve already attracted the interest of companies from both sides of the Severn Bridge, and I guess in time well have to look at how we can incorporate a greater number of business members, not just from here in Wales but also based in London itself. So exciting times, it should prove a win-win for all involved.
London Welsh RFC was established by and for London's Welsh community and has played senior-level rugby in England since its formation in 1885. Over the years the club has contributed 177 players to the Wales national team and 43 players to the British and Irish Lions.
Currently the 1st XV squad are fully professional, and hopes are high that this will lead to a sustained challenge for promotion to the Premiership. Head Coach Danny Wilson, Assistant Coach Phil Greening and Captain Nathan Bonner Evans have all been brought in to change the club ethos to a more professional mindset on the pitch. This year the club, based at Old Deer Park on the outskirts of Richmond, Surrey, finished the season in a highly respectable third in The Championship, the second level of the English rugby union league system.


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