Livability’s Enterprise Agency, in partnership with Royal Bank of Scotland, held an awards ceremony on 18 December 2012, to celebrate the achievements of several disabled and disadvantaged people who have successfully launched their own businesses in the last year.
Our Enterprise Agency has so far helped over a hundred disabled and disadvantaged people this year to plan and set up their own businesses.
Five award certificates were presented to celebrate the determination and skills of some of these entrepreneurs, including a prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award. The celebration took place at the Royal Bank of Scotland offices in Bishopsgate, London, and the company sponso red the event as part of their commitment to supporting new businesses.
The winners were:
- David Scates, who is a graphic designer, won Entrepreneur of the year and was awarded an exclusive weekend break in Vienna’s top hotel including return flights.
- Wendy Paterson who sells vintage clothing/dresses and Kimonos as well as designing and making her own garments for sale.
- Lafay Denton: she provides a mobile tanning service with a range of high street brand known products and an organic product.
- Jeremy Carson, who has developed a range of Men’s 100% natural shower products to aid recovery after exercise.
- Paul Meech, whose business is all about spacial awareness within the home or working environment, ensuring correct placement or furniture or equipment to aid flow and movement.
Alice Morris, Head of the Enterprise Agency said: ‘’This event was a fantastic celebration of the achievements of everyone who took part in our Enterprise Agency training this year. Our clients have started innovative and exciting new businesses. They have shown great determination and real talent. Disabled and disadvantaged people can find it difficult to find employment or become self-employed. This is why Livability created the Enterprise Agency and we are looking forward to continue to train and support the business leaders of tomorrow.’’
Nick Howe, Enterprise Manager for RBS Group in London added “It has been a real pleasure to work closely with Livability in the last year and see at first hand how their work can make such a difference to their clients’ futures. We have been able to individually assist the clients, not only with some of the vital information they have needed along the way, but also to round of the year by hosting their very first enterprise awards.”
The Livability Enterprise Agency provides a series of workshops to help people start thinking about self employment as well as longer courses covering business planning, book-keeping and marketing.
People also receive advice on the benefits and other financial help they are entitled to while making the transition to self-employment. Once a client becomes self-employed, the service can also provide business mentoring for up to 6 months in order for the business to have the best possible start.
Disabled people are twice as likely to be unemployed as those who are not disabled. One in five people with a work-limiting disability want to find a job but can’t*. Livability therefore believes it is crucial that people with disabilities receive all the support and advice they need in term of employment and setting up businesses in order to achieve their potential.
The Enterprise Agency works in partnership with job centres, local authorities, other charities and individuals to help disabled people access self-employment in the London area at the present time, although it is hoped that this will become a National service in the future.