Technology Strategy Board and Big Lottery Fund
2012 – 2015
Manor House & Hounslow
Green Entrepreneurs aims to foster the excitement of an entrepreneurial culture. The project aims to increase positive aspirations, work-readiness and community cohesion, by training people to develop teams of ‘green entrepreneurs’ and waste enterprises.
During this pilot phase of the project, we trained individuals and teams in transferable business and entrepreneurial skills, supported by mentoring to develop viable ‘reuse’ businesses. Sales income is reinvested back into the community/enterprise.
Many people are natural entrepreneurs, but for those struggling the work experience “Catch 22”, entering a classroom to learn about business is a challenge. Our model uses practical, hands on experiences of enterprise that do not require big start-up capital to get them going.
As an example, Carla (unemployed) found herself with some free time now that her children have started school. Having made home furnishings from ‘rescued resources’ for herself, friends and family, Carla wanted to explore the next step and to start selling her wares. ‘Green Entrepreneurs’ has helped Carla to develop her ideas and test her products. She is now selling to the public and has her own shop!
One enterprise achieves an annual turnover of £21,120
At least 5.5 tonnes of waste are diverted annually
14 people gained full-time employment
90% of trainees reported increased confidence to develop a green social enterprise
Green Entrepreneurs not only boosted my confidence, this course has created hope on the other side and given me the belief that I will succeed.Green Enterprise participant
It didn’t just generate ideas; it put me on a different track, ten out of ten!Green Enterprise participant