Action West London has won a £34,950 grant to develop an innovative ‘Skills for Enterprise and Business’ (SEB) project.
The project funding will be used to hire qualified and experienced staff to deliver enterprise, self-employment and financial capability training, and to support participants from diverse communities in business start-ups. Crucially, we will also be able to provide English language support for enterprise participants who require it. There will also be opportunities for practical experience at AWL’s successful Acton Market. We hope to be able to replicate the lessons from the 12-month pilot project more widely in future. Any volunteers with business/self-employment experience would be welcome to help.
We will be able to train and directly support 84 people, and estimate that the project will positively impact 150 people in total.
Phil Northey, Chair of NatWest’s London Regional Board, said: “Supporting London’s not-for-profit community organisations is a crucial part of our commitment to making a real, long term difference for the capital’s disadvantaged communities. It’s a real privilege for all of us at NatWest to be able to support such a diverse, innovative and inspirational group of projects through the Skills & Opportunities Fund.
Dr John Blackmore, Chief Executive of Action West London, said: “The NatWest Skills & Opportunity Award will help us expand our work to help bring together young people and adults from our diverse communities to improve their life chances through learning about self- employment, business and enterprise opportunities. As well as training and support we will be able to offer practical experience running stalls at our thriving Acton Market social enterprise.”