The Christmas Give

... with love, The Panoply

Neal Gandhi
Neal Gandhi
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of The Panoply

Neal is a serial tech entrepreneur having co-founded four companies that exited successfully with a combined value of £117m. He co-founded his first company at the age of 21 and, under the brand name of Jungle.com, that company went on to be sold to GUS for £37m. In 1996 he co-founded Xplora and sold it to Nasdaq-listed USWeb in 1998. Neal then co-founded Attenda, a managed services consultancy which went on to be sold for £72m; one part to Telecity Plc and the other to Darwin Private Equity. In 2006 he founded QuickStart Global, an off-shore IT service provider, which grew rapidly, and in 2010 was listed in the Sunday Times Tech-Track 100 at number 3, his second company in that list with Attenda having been listed at number 2 in 2001.

As we approach the end of a fantastic year, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you.

Only one year in and we are already reflecting on some incredible growth and success. I am very proud of the talent that exists within this group and am amazed by the level of dedication and determination I see every day. Our business is successful because of each of you.

In the spirit of Christmas, we would like to donate £25 to a charity on your behalf. Please use the form below to choose which charity you would like to support.

I hope that you all manage to take a well-deserved break over the next few weeks and to spend some time with your loved ones.

2019 Christmas Give Charities

Stine Sofies Foundation

Thousands of children and young people in Norway are subjected to violence and abuse every day. That is why the Stine Sofies Foundation works to both prevent and detect abuse of children – and to safeguard the children of violence. They provide education, research, lobbying services and refuge at the Stine Sofie Cente, the world’s first training and mastering center for abused children.

Norske Redningshunder

Norwegian rescue dogs work to find and rescue missing people. In 2015, Norwegian rescue dogs participated in nearly 500 rescue operations. The charity invests in training dogs to help in the instance of missing persons, avalanches or disasters including collapsed buildings. By supporting Norwegian Rescue Dogs you can help dog handlers to be trained and find missing people. It is expensive to train each rescue dog, but in return, the dog is a crucial resource to be used in rescue operations.

Fattighuset

Fattighuset is a voluntary organization that aims to help people in difficult situations by distributing food and clothing and other support. They work to make the everyday life of underprivileged people a little brighter. Their daily operations take place over three floors in Greenland camp 39, which consists of, among other things, a food and clothing distribution room with a cold room, newly renovated storage for donated clothes and things, separate rooms for hairdresser and physiotherapy and a canteen for volunteers which is open to all members twice a week.

*This year’s shortlisted charities were voted for by the Impact Starling Squad. We hope that they cater to the diverse passions that exist within the group. If you would like to learn more about the shortlisting or due diligence process, please contact Bryony – Bryony.wilde@thepanoply.com.

Neal Gandhi
Neal Gandhi
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of The Panoply

Neal is a serial tech entrepreneur having co-founded four companies that exited successfully with a combined value of £117m. He co-founded his first company at the age of 21 and, under the brand name of Jungle.com, that company went on to be sold to GUS for £37m. In 1996 he co-founded Xplora and sold it to Nasdaq-listed USWeb in 1998. Neal then co-founded Attenda, a managed services consultancy which went on to be sold for £72m; one part to Telecity Plc and the other to Darwin Private Equity. In 2006 he founded QuickStart Global, an off-shore IT service provider, which grew rapidly, and in 2010 was listed in the Sunday Times Tech-Track 100 at number 3, his second company in that list with Attenda having been listed at number 2 in 2001.