Seddon & Wilmott Dixon help FC United build bid-writing skills


Seddon teamed up with Willmott Dixon to help FC United of Manchester gain some expert help with the aim of winning more grants and sponsors for the community programmes it runs.


Both contractors attended a workshop with the FCUM team to share advice and tips, and improve the club’s ability to secure grants and sponsorship.


Katy Harris, the Director of Preconstruction at Seddon said: “Support for CSR activities comes in all shapes and sizes, and it was a pleasure to be able to use the skills from the day job to help out with FC United. Their community outreach work is hugely important to the Moston area and ensuring they have the right funding in place to continue with this is essential. We had a great day running through the fundamentals of bid writing and I look forward to seeing the outcomes of their successful bids in the very near future”


FC’s Operations Manager, Paul Smith said: “We are well known for our community involvement with high-profile initiatives, such as the annual Big Coat Day where we collect warm clothing for the homeless, and opening our doors to local families in hardship on Christmas Day.


“In fact these are just two of the many community benefits we provide all year round, but we need to obtain more grants and community sponsors to pay for these fantastic community programmes.”

“We hugely appreciate the help we’ve been given by Seddon and Willmott Dixon to help us win more funding – a great example of collaboration between the private sector and our club combining to provide real community benefits.”


FC United linked up with the two contractors via the North West Construction Hub, run by Manchester City Council. The hub brings together construction companies and public sector organisations to work as long-term partners on contracts.


Construction companies must submit bids to become part of the hub’s roster of contractors, and to be accepted must demonstrate evidence of delivering high quality community benefit work.


“This link-up makes great sense for us as a community club,” added Vinny Thompson FC’s Community Liaison Officer

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