Read the most recent Enterprise Exchange interview article with SME Magazine here, where we talk about what we want to achieve, our biggest challenges, our work in the criminal justice system, our management development program, success stories, highlights and more. Thanks again to Dan Evans for inviting us to do this, when we met him at the National Enterprise Network Award Ceremony in December 2017.
We are very excited to say that we came Highly Commended for the Enterprise Engagement award at the NEN conference and award ceremony on 1st December in London! We would like to thank everyone involved and congratulate all of the other well deserved winners! Here is a photo of Phil with our award :)🤞
Just found out that we have been shortlisted for the NEN Enterprise Engagement Award! Conference and award ceremony on 1st December in London so please wish us luck 🤞 🤞🤞
We have a very exciting project that we would like to tell you about. We have teamed up with Beating Time http://www.choirsbeatingtime.org/, an amazing organisation that establishes choirs in prisons. They give individuals the opportunity to develop employability skills, maintain a fit mind and be part of a thriving community.
We have jointly recognised that carrying out our self employment program in prison at the same time as being in the choir, gives our guys more chance of being successful when they set up their own business on release.
We are looking for sponsorship or contributions to get our pilot off the ground in HMP Brixton in January next year.
We would be delighted if you or anyone you know can support us or get involved. For more information please read our proposal HERE.
Here is our very own Phil Ashford speaking at the Centre For Entrepreneurs seminar in Mayfair, London last week. Please see our Twitter feed for photos of other inspirational speakers. We also met some very interesting people at the post networking event and are very much looking forward to up and coming meetings and mutually beneficial collaborations in the near future.
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Ex-prisoners will receive support to start their own businesses
with a new fund backed by London's high sheriff
James Furber, the high sheriff of Greater London, has thrown his weight behind a new fund that aims to help people leaving prison become entrepreneurs. The programme will provide inmates with peer and professional mentors who will assist them with business planning and personal development.
Successful candidates will be given the cash they need on release to start their own business. The scheme was launched by Beating Time, an organisation that provides choirs in prisons, and Enterprise Exchange, which runs self-employment courses in prisons.
Read more: Entre-perp-neurs? Turning prisoners into entrepreneurs could save £1.4bn
"Visiting prisons I see huge potential in many prisoners," said Furber. "We’ve doubled our prison population in the last 20 years. If we want change, we have to create the opportunity to change, which is why I’m supporting this initiative by Enterprise Exchange and Beating Time.”
In the year ending June 2016, 74,713 people were released from prison in England and Wales. Only 27 per cent of those people found work. Re-offending is another common problem that stable employment could help solve, the two companies said.
The current prison population is around 85,000, yet for those serving sentences under 12 months, 60 per cent will go on to re-offend in the year after their release. Stable employment reduces the probability of re-offending by up to 50 per cent.
Beating Time and Enterprise Exchange are approaching entrepreneurs and businesses to contribute to an opportunity fund to finance the entrepreneurship programme and provide the seed capital to kick-start the businesses that emerge from it.
"This is the kind of collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial approach we need, if we are to turn people who have served prison sentences into societal assets, rather than liabilities," said Phil Ashford, director of Enterprise Exchange.
Ashford added: "In addition to a well thought through business plan, we will have had the chance over a 10-week period to see how well candidates cope with new challenges, interact, collaborate and network. We’ll see how committed they are. We’ll put them under the pressure of a performance and know how they react to that.
"Building a business is about more than a good idea and a business plan. Our investors, want to know who we are investing in, not just what."
Read article here: http://www.cityam.com/267110/ex-prisoners-receive-support-start-their-own-businesses-new