The WSX Enterprise-led Inspiring Enterprise programme has attracted additional backing to carry on its life-changing support to unemployed people. The contract was expected to finish in December but due to its high level of success and continuing stream of enquiries, funders have agreed to carry on supporting the project. To date Inspiring Enterprise has helped 500 people in the Hampshire and Surrey area start their own business, find a job or re-train.
Inspiring Enterprise is aimed at people who are unemployed and young people not in education, employment or training, as well as lone parents, older workers, people with disabilities and people in minority groups. Part of the Building Better Opportunities programme, the project offers advice and support through workshops, taster sessions, training and mentoring.
Not-for-profit business support company WSX Enterprise is managing the scheme and is partnered by Action Hampshire, Surrey Community Action, Fredericks Foundation and the University of Winchester.
WSX Enterprise Project Manager, Henriette Reinders, said: “It is great news that we carry on helping unemployed and disadvantaged people into self-employment and social enterprise creation. With our support we have been able to change many people’s lives for the better.
“We have already helped 500 people and the enquiries keep coming in.”
“Our partnership brings skills, expertise and experience to the table helping beneficiaries to achieve business creation or employment opportunities.”
The Inspiring Enterprise website www.inspiringenterprise.org.uk features many cases studies of people who have benefitted from the project’s support.
To be eligible for help through Inspiring Enterprise people must live within the M3 corridor and be currently unemployed.
The M3 corridor runs from the New Forest to the M25 and includes Winchester, Andover, Alton, Farnham, Basingstoke, Farnborough, Camberley, Staines, Woking, Bracknell and everywhere in-between.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Inspiring Enterprise should visit the website www.inspiringenterprise.org.uk or call 0800 140 4537.
Building Better Opportunities
The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 it has awarded over £9 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.
The project has received up to £1.45 million of funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.
For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.