The ERSA Enterprise Works Forum brings together organisations in a community of good practice, to influence, shape policy, commissioning and delivery around self employment, social enterprise and entrepreneurship!

Next meeting…

Enterprise Works Forum
8 June 2023, 9-10.30am
Online via teams

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Alistair Clarke MBE, Chair, Social Enterprise Solutions CIC, Blackpool will provide an overview of the current business start up landscape. With EU monies supporting business start up will be ending we will use this session to look at changes and what’s been happening on the ground with some good practice sharing. Hear from expert enterprise providers on giving evidence at the work and pensions select committee plus a presentation which looks at Legacy Benefits and Self Employment support.

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Co chairs of the Enterprise Works Forum

Suzanne is Deputy Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce. She has worked in business support for over 20 years, initially with Business Link (including working on development of the national online offer) then joining the Chamber in 2007. She has run her own business and supported her husband in setting up and running businesses.

She developed the Chamber from the Carlisle Enterprise Agency into a successful, proactive support organisation for start-ups and existing businesses, operating throughout Cumbria and beyond, as part of this developing the Growth Hub concept, taken up by BEIS and rolled out nationally. The Chamber has delivered every round of NEA and successive start-up initiatives through ERDF programmes and working with local authorities.

Suzanne is passionate about start-up delivery by those with hands-on understanding of the challenges and joys, and supporting small organisations to implement the systems and processes needed to deliver DWP and similar contracts while retaining what’s special about being small.

Co chair of the Enterprise Works Forum

Ian is Managing Director of Momentic Limited and was previously Head of Partnerships at PeoplePlus, Enterprise Director at LearnDirect and the Business Development Director of the most successful Enterprise Agency in the West Midlands.

Ian has worked in enterprise development, self-employment start-up and business growth for over 25 years now. He has successfully developed, tendered for and implemented every DWP Flagship self-employment programme going back to Enterprise Rehearsal, New Deal Self-employment Option, through FND, WP and each round of NEA.

Ian works closely with the standards setting organisation SFEDI and has been consulted by, or consulted for DFE, MoJ, BEIS, LA’s and the Prime Minister’s Office on enterprise development and self-employment throughout this time.

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