The table below shows some of the key statistics relating to employment rates for some of the projects that we have delivered between 2006 and 2007:

Programmes from: April 06 To: March 07 Job employment rates Sustained Rates
Target % Actual % Target % Actual %
Footsteps to Success 40 60 50 60
Regen 2000 Job support Programme 40 45 50 60
Jobs and Work Skills 40 35
Cultural Adaptation Programme 50 60 50 60
Pathways to Success 40 60 50 60

Leeds City Council, LEGI: Share the Success
Name of Project Dates Project Description
The Biz Centre August 2007 – July 2010 Based in Chapeltown, the Biz Centre has been developed to address business needs of primarily, but not exclusively, African Caribbeans and other BAME groups. Beneficiaries of the Centre (business incubation/advancement facilities) include pre-starts, start-ups and existing young businesses. The centre offers a route to market for existing mainstream services in that the network of local entrepreneurs who will take up space within the Centre will provide a demand for services, while the Centre provides affordable access to service providers (e.g. Business Link, Jobcentre Plus).
Roots 4 Enterprise April 2008 – March 2010 Operating from the Biz Centre, the Roots 4 Enterprise is a specialised programme of enterprise awareness target at BAME communities in the Chapeltown and surrounding areas of Leeds. We are using the combined efforts of our community partner organisations to provide a programme of enterprise awareness to engage 1200 individuals. We offer a range of demand-led mix of shows, events and presentations to access these individuals in the specific target areas and link them into the range of relevant specialist LEGI and mainstream enterprise support available.

Bradford Metropolitan District Council, LEGI: Kickstart
Name of Project Dates Project Description
Intensive Support for Entrepreneurs October 2006 – March 2009 Delivering intensive business support to clients from disadvantaged areas of Bradford particularly Black African Caribbean communities and migrant communities. Key elements of our involvement in this Consortium programme (led by Bradford Chamber) include the provision of a Business Counsellor and undertaking capacity building and training through the Pathways to Enterprise programme.
Assisting Small Businesses to Grow October 2007 to March 2009 Delivering intensive business support to clients from predominantly from Black African Caribbean communities and migrant communities and assisting with them support to grow and develop their business. The key elements of our involvement in this Consortium programme (led by Bradford Chamber) include the provision of a Business Growth Advisor.

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, LEGI: Success Doncaster
Name of Project Dates Project Description
Pilot BME Business Support Programme January 2008 – March 2008 A programme of intensive support targeted at all BME communities across Doncaster. Key provision in the programme included a Business Counsellor and a team of Enterprise Enablers undertaking community outreach and pre-start activities.
Pilot Business Buddies Programme January 2008 – March 2008 Working on a programme led by BETA Technology to delivery business outreach in Doncaster’s most deprived communities. The outreach is aimed at existing firms, including social enterprises. Provision includes advice, support and mentoring in specific geographic areas following an initial diagnostic to those potential new start ups and existing businesses not currently receiving support from the mainstream business support offer. Each client receives an initial diagnostic and is assisted through advice and access to grant funding from the ‘LEGI Business Support Chest’ and access to specialist sector specific support.

UrbanBiz employs a Business Outreach Manager through this programme to undertake this activity specifically with BME new and established businesses.

BME Business Support Programme April 2008 – March 2010 Continuation funding following on from the very successful delivery of the pilot programme. The two year programme has additional funding to undertake capacity building support as well as business growth advice. The delivery of this programme has also supported the establishment of a delivery office location in Doncaster.
Business Buddies Programme April 2008 – March 2010 Continuation funding following on from the very successful delivery of the pilot programme.
Social Enterprise Support April 2008 – March 2010 Working on a programme led by Doncaster CVS to deliver intensive social enterprise support across the district. UrbanBiz currently employs a Social Enterprise Advisor to work with BME communities and is integrated in to the BME Business Support Programme. The delivery of this programme will also see us undertaking research into the development of the social enterprise sector in Doncaster to inform the development of specialist social enterprise support post LEGI funding

Business Link West Yorkshire, Diversity in Enterprise
Name of Project Dates Project Description
Black African Caribbean Communities Outreach Project

October 2007 – March 2008 We recently worked with Business Link West Yorkshire to undertake outreach activity with Black African and Caribbean communities across West Yorkshire. The work involved setting up local events and activities aimed a linking our target group into the mainstream support available to those wishing to start a business. This activity was done in conjunction (where possible) with current outreach activity undertaken by us (through Leeds LEGI) and with partner organisations across other areas of West Yorkshire. This outreach activity heightened our understanding of the issues facing Black African Caribbean Communities in that say they do not wish to have different support measures in place but simply to have better access to mainstream support.

Business Link Yorkshire, Start-up Programme
Name of Project Dates Project Description
Barrier Removal and Capacity Building Support April 2008 – March 2009 We are one of seven partners in a Consortium led by A4e delivering capacity building support to individuals from disadvantaged communities across Yorkshire & Humber on behalf of Y&H IDB Ltd (Business Link Yorkshire). We have been given a specific remit to engage with BAME communities and offer one-to-one advice and support (within the strict IDB framework) to individuals thinking about starting a business with a view to ensuring the better access and integration of BME communities into mainstream business support.

Leaning & Skills Council / Jobcentreplus – Employability Skills Programme
Name of Project Dates Project Description
Basic Employment and Skills Training October 2007 – August 2008 We are subcontracted by VC Train to deliver a programme of ESOL, Literacy and Numeracy provision to those from the BME community on income support & incapacity benefits In North Leeds, in supporting them with basic skills training, then assisting them into employment. The programme has been very successful and we have over-achieved on a range of outputs relating to this project. This had led to us being offered a rolling contract that will exceed the contract that was initially agreed.

Yorkshire Forward / Learning & Skills Council – Skills Investment
Name of Project Dates Project Description
BME Equality and Diversity Traineeships March 2008 – April 2009 We are one of several partners within the BME Learning Network that is delivering this programme in West Yorkshire. We have been given a specific remit to work with over 30 individuals from the BME community in Bradford and Leeds and support them with a mix of basic skills, IAG, work tasters and experience programmes to improve their chances of employment. Moreover, we have a remit to undertake employer engagement whereby clients are offered one week traineeships with a particular employer with a view to them securing full-time employment. We have already met our targets for the first quarter of activity on this contract in Bradford and are of the best performers.

Learning & Skills Council – Regional Skills Fund
Name of Project Dates Project Description
Skills for Enterprise Growth July 2007 – March 2008 Building the capacity of 20 new hard to reach BAME-led beneficiary organizations, particularly social enterprises, operating within the Objective 2 areas of Bradford, by offering skills development training to their employees. The project delivered training in ICT, Enterprise Business Skills, supported with IAG. We overachieved on all outputs relating to this project.

Learning & Skills Council – Regional Skills Fund
Name of Project Dates Project Description
Local Immigrants in Training & Employment July 2007 – March 2008 Providing 80 unemployed beneficiaries (ages18-65) from the Objective 2 areas of Bradford, mainly refugees and migrant workers (African Caribbean and Eastern European workers and refugees) with IAG, accredited and non-accredited workforce development skills training

We overachieved on all outputs relating to this project.

Contract 1 Contract 2
Contract Name Aspire2Work Vocational Roiuteways
Description of contract Foundation Learning for NEETs 16-19 yrs old in Bradford Providing specialist vocational routeway support to DWP Jobseekers and providing employment support
Contract start date July 2012 May 2012
Length of contract 3 years 4 year
Outcomes / outputs / performance measures achieved 48 starts

30 quals

235 starts

15% in jobs

Referee Contact Name Julie Kelly Sarah Ager
Organisation name Aspire I Ingeus UK
Full postal address Onward House

2 Baptist Place

Bradford

BD1 2PS

The Gateway East

Marsh Lane

Leeds

LS9 8AX