Establishment of the University of Northampton Enterprise Club
The Enterprise club provides a forum for people to meet, gain more business knowledge and access a large range of associated benefits. The Enterprise club has been mainstreamed and will continue now the Business Creation Partnership project has finished. For more information see: http://www.sunley-northampton.co.uk/enterprise_club
New businesses created
Since the beginning of Action 2 the Business Creation Partnership has supported 340 new businesses, through business support, mentoring, training, etc, depending on the needs of each client. A wide variety of business have been created under the scheme, from window cleaners and hairdressers, to consultants and trainers.
Number of people employed
c. 380 new jobs were created as a result of the project.
Number of beneficiaries supported
At the beginning of the project the aim of the Business Creation Partnerhip was to recruit 120 beneficiaries and work with them towards the accreditation and the setting up of their businesses. However, due to the high demand, by end of June 2007 the Business Creation Partnerhip had recruited 526 beneficiaries from disadvantaged communities.
Recruited Business Mentors from disadvantage communities
The Business Creation Partnership recruited 34 mentors from disadvantaged communities. Sixteen of these are now fully accredited and the remaining would like to continue with the accreditation and are looking for funding to continue with the scheme.
Successful Transnational Exchanges
Business Creation Partnership organised two beneficiary exchanges, one to Malta and one in Northampton. Both exchanges were very successful as beneficiaries had the opportunity to network with international entrepreneurs. One of the UK beneficiaries was approached by a Maltese company to deliver training services for them for six months. The mentor exchange that took place in October 2006 was also successful as mentors had the opportunity to share best practice.