Foundation rewards inspiring ideas

Four organisations in Lancashire are the latest to benefit from grants handed out by a fund set up to boost enterprise in the county.

The BIBAs Foundation, the charitable arm of the Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has handed out £7,000 to the bodies for a range of projects which will support people seeking work, provide a sign language interpreter for a young footballer and set up a social enterprise.

The awards set up the Foundation along with the Community Foundation for Lancashire to provide grants of up to £2,000 to individuals and groups supporting 16-24 year olds to boost enterprise.

It selected the applications from those submitted by groups across the county through a panel led by BAE Systems, the defence giant with major manufacturing bases in Lancashire which sponsors the Foundation.

Dave Holmes, Manufacturing Operations Director of BAE Systems Military Air & Information, said: “It was inspiring to see some of the ideas which came forward in the applications and it is fantastic to be able to support them.

“At BAE Systems we support hundreds of young people every year to achieve their ambitions through our own apprenticeship and graduate programmes, but we recognise we have a role to play in supporting the community we are part of.

“The BIBAs Foundation enables us to do exactly this and I hope it will allow both the BIBAs and ourselves to leave a legacy of enterprise for future generations.”

The applications which secured grants from the Foundation were:

AFC Fylde Community Foundation – Work with 45 unemployed people over a five-week period to help them to find employment.

The programme will include writing a CV and cover letter, support them in searching for employment and giving them a two-week placement within a Lancashire business.

AFC Blackpool – Help deliver a sign language tutor for a young footballer, Rylan Casey, to deliver coaching to enable him to develop with his junior club, AFC Blackpool.

The youngster has an ambition to play for the deaf team of Premier League giants Manchester United.

Blackpool Youth Voice – To support a group of young people in Blackpool to seek to develop in to a social enterprise aimed at giving the youth of the resort positive role models.

It will work alongside an existing social enterprise, UR Potential, and other bodies to attract sponsorship and business mentors to deliver training for young people.

The Exchange Creative Community CIC – Morecambe-based creative hub will deliver an enterprise-based fundraising event in the resort’s West End, one of the most deprived areas of the country.

It will see those taking part develop skills including recruitment, marketing, training and managing budgets.

If you want to give your business a bigger competitive edge, enter the BIBAs today.

Nominations Close: 6th April 2018