Are you a social enterprise looking to gain access to free support to help grow your organisation?

If so Business in the Community’s arc programme could be for you. The arc programme works to support social enterprise growth with the aim of creating jobs in deprived communities. Inspired by the excitement and opportunity of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games arc was launched in September 2011 to support the regeneration of the host boroughs by supporting social enterprises to create 1000 jobs in these boroughs by 2015.

The programme enjoys a wealth of support from key partners including Social Enterprise UK and London 2012 partners BP, Deloitte and Visa, with additional support from CBS Outdoor Media, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and InterContinential Hotels Group focused in East London.

Over the past year arc has proved a great success in East London, with nearly 100 jobs created. Building on this success the programme is now expanding to West London with an additional target to create another 1000 jobs by 2016.

The programme supports existing social enterprises looking to expand and with the capacity to create jobs. Once a social enterprise has completed the straightforward application phase arc works with it to evaluate their needs, looking at skills gaps and capacity gaps in the organisation. Based on this needs analysis, arc will construct a support package made up of:

1. Capacity building support – access to business expertise, premises, training, consultancy
2. Support to access finance
3. Support to access supply chain

We are currently recruiting social enterprises that can create jobs for Olympic host borough and West London borough residents. Please get in touch with Mike Freeman, arc West London Social Enterprise Manager via email mike.freeman@bitc.org.uk or telephone 07803027950 if you are interested in applying or hearing more.

Felicity Cremin

Felicity Cremin