Euro Enterprise Evolutions - Summary of Achievements
Barriers to enterprise for specific groups
Research reports have been produced and disseminated looking at barriers to enterprise for women (report entitled Risky Business?) and BME groups, exploring the potential of enterprise for offenders and the possibilities for social enterprises.
The 7C’s for Women into Business has been produced as a book with colour graphics. Although a book in its own right, this has also been used by workshop leaders as a tutor manual.
As a result of the work carried out in the area of ‘women and enterprise’, Breathing Space, the DP lead partner, has been awarded Prowess status.
The project has enabled a wide variety of people to explore the possibilities of enterprise via creative enterprise sessions and enterprise and life coaching sessions.
Five hundred and fifty people accessed the self-employment course over the period of the project.
People have had the opportunity to look at their own goals and aspirations via life coaching and cognitive behaviour therapy.
The Business e-coaching and mentoring course/OCN qualification has inspired confidence and given people already in business the opportunity to help others just starting out. This training initiative is proving very popular.
Skills for Life
The Reading, Writing and Maths for Self-Employment Toolkit (comprising manual, workbook and audio CD-ROM) has been well received by Skills for Life training providers/practitioners as well as by business support advisers and individuals.
Innovative IT solutions
A prototype computerised system/terminal called the Enterprise Pod (E-Pod) has been produced to enable people to explore whether self-employment might be ‘for them’; if so, it will produce a business plan for them, including the financial section, based on their responses to a series of questions. The kiosk is designed to be wheelchair accessible and has touch screen and audio facilities. It is envisaged that the system will also be available online.
A number of promotional mechanisms were tested. Digivey (a touch screen question/answer system) was an alternative way of finding out beneficiary opinions, but perhaps the most entertaining promotional product was transmission of short video clips (filmed using road runners and cartoon characters) via mobile phones.
Dissemination and Mainstreaming
The Enterprise Conference 2007 held in early December had a number of prestigious speakers, including Dr Ernesto Sirolli of the Sirolli Institute, and attracted delegates from across the country.
In terms of mainstreaming, a lot of information has been disseminated via conferences, which have also provided good opportunities to engage with policy makers. However, more ‘lasting’ connections have been made via presentations to small groups.
A small but very significant equal opportunities outcome of the project has been to increase greatly awareness of the needs of people with dyslexia. For instance, partners have been encouraged to use pastel-coloured paper for forms and information sheets because many people with dyslexia find it hard to read black on white. It is hoped that this awareness will be sustained and carried over into all areas of work to aid both employees and beneficiaries who have dyslexia.