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Further FundingThis project supported the start-up of 36 new businesses; from motorbikes, trikes,and microlights, to baby bling, cakes, and clairvoyants. From years one and two of the project, 76% of the new businesses were still trading after 12 months.A bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been successful which means that the Work for Yourself programme can continue to be delivered in Bolsover for a further three years.

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2011/12 Year End

Overall the target number of new business start ups has been met and exceeded. During the final month of the project five new trading businesses were launched: cake making; door-to-door selling; historic events; painting and decorating; debt collecting.

Over the three years, 23 and three former Bolsover District Council clients have reported that they have progressed in to jobs and training respectively, showing a good progression outcome for clients supported on the Work for Yourself programme that did not, for whatever reason, progress into self employment. There also remains 25 active trading clients and 12 other active clients.  Across both BDC and Chesterfield Borough Council projects, some 76% of the new businesses from years one and two were still trading after 12 months.

It is very encouraging that a bid to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has been successful which means that the Work for Yourself programme can continue to be delivered in Bolsover for a further three years.  Bolsover District Council is the applicant for the ERDF and procured delivery via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) during Quarters three and four of 2011/12.  Disability Dynamics were successful in winning the tender and are expected to commence delivering the new programme during 2012/13 Quarter 1.

2011/12 Quarter 3

There have been a number of overachievements against the profiled targets this quarter. However the number of new business start-ups is down against profile this quarter as a number of businesses are still in the very early stages of set-up and the project manager is being cautious about declaring them at this stage.

The learning drawn from the past two and half years of operation and evaluation reports has supported a joint bid from Bolsover District Council and Chesterfield Borough Council to the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for future funding for another self-employment programme for disabled people. Confirmation is awaited from Communities and Local Government regarding the outcome of the ERDF application.

2011/12 Quarter 2

The project continues to make good progress against its targets and currently has 47 active clients. All those who have not yet started their businesses have been reviewed and a further 11 have realistic prospects of trading by March 2012 (and more will emerge over coming months as their ideas develop). The learning drawn from the past two and a half years of operation and evaluation reports has supported a joint bid from Bolsover District Council and Chesterfield Borough Council to the European Regional Development Fund for future funding for another self-employment programme for disabled people.

 

Message from the winner of the BBC's “Apprentice 2011

Tom Pellereau has not been held back by his dyslexia and is now starting his new business with Lord Alan Sugar!  When we wrote to him to offer congratulations and tell him about the Work for Yourself programme he said, “Your organisation sounds fantastic and inspiring.” 

He also sent a message to our clients - "Good luck.  Try, try and try again.  Dyslexia is a vital part of who I am today. I hope my win proves that anything is possible. Samuel Beckett wrote ‘Ever tried.  Ever failed.  No matter what.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better."

2011/12 Quarter 1

New businesses created this Quarter are: property maintenance, mobile cleaning and servicing/repair of plant machinery.  Since June 2009, 195 contacts for the Bolsover Work for Yourself programme have been received; some 113 have taken part in one-to-one meetings and the programme currently has 47 active clients.

May 2011 - Final Year

2010/11 End of Year
This project has performed really well over the 2010/11 period, achieving the key target of 16 new businesses created, all by people with disabilities.

Since the start of the programme in 2009, a further 14 former clients have advised that they are now in jobs and five more have gone into training.  The programme currently has 42 active clients including some from the first year plus those now running businesses.  A comprehensive evaluation report is available.

This project continues into 2011/12 and is expecting to support the creation of a further 14 businesses.

2010/11 Quarter 3

Since the start of the programme in 2009, a further 14 former clients have advised that they are now in jobs and five more have gone into training.  The programme currently has 38 active clients including some from the first year plus those now running businesses.

Nov 2010 - Client Update
Nov 2010 - Partner Update
Oct 2010 - Client Update - Enterprise Workshops

2010/11 Quarter 2

The programme currently has 31 active clients including some from the first year plus those now running businesses. Since the start of the programme in June 2009, a further nine former clients reported that they are now in employment and five more have gone in to training.

Partnership working with Raising Aspirations continues with a further three workshops planned to be delivered to over 30 new Raising Aspirations clients in October.

2010/11 Quarter 1

The project has made a good start to the year, achieving its target for four businesses to be trading by the end of Quarter 1.  The project has reported that it also currently has 37 active clients.  The project has established good links with Chesterfield College’s Raising Aspirations project and delivered three bespoke mini-workshops introducing the programme and self-employment to groups in Clowne, Shirebrook and Bolsover.  Of the 19 people attending, 10 have signed up for more information and a meeting with a Business Adviser.

Jun 2010 - Client Update
Jun 2010 - Partner Update
May 2010 - Client Update

May 2010 - Partner Update

Mar 2010 - Shirebrook Workshop
Nov 2009
Sep 2009

 

 

 

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