Local Economies

Growing Local Economies with Enterprise Coaching

At Business Services Leeds Ltd we are passionate about generating wealth in communities and growing local economies by running Enterprise Coaching projects.

We deliver community based enterprise coaching projects in communities, specialising in those where there is a high need for support for local people. We have a track record of delivering fantastic results in local communities in the areas of self-employment and employment. The people we help usually work for Housing Associations, Social Landlords and Local Authorities, though we are happy to talk to any community based organisation. These organisations are often helping their clients with their businesses already – we simply make these programmes even more effective, with fantastic results for the programme sponsor.

For example, during our time supporting the 10 coaches on the Bradford Kickstart project, we delivered the following outcomes over a 33 month period:

• Businesses Created = 247
• 12 month survival rate is between 74% and 87%
• SMEs assisted (12 hours plus) = 208
• Jobs Created = 357
• Jobs Safeguarded = 68
• Increase in GVA = £763,357

These outcomes were ratified by the project funders, the European Regional Development Fund, and they represent the tip of the iceberg of the actual impact across the whole city.

As another example, Trafford Housing Trust in Manchester provided this support to their communities during 2015 and wrote a comprehensive report on the differences noticed. We can provide copies of the report on request, however the headline Social Return on Investment using the HACT method was 1:7.62. So, for all activities, for every £1.00 invested in the project, £7.62 return was generated in the community.

Every community is different and will have resources that will help make a difference. If you would like to discuss how we can add Enterprise Coaching to your community activities, please get in touch.