Programme
 

Forward Business Bootcamp for ex-offenders living in London

Forward Business Bootcamp for ex-offenders living in London
Tevfick Souleiman
Tevfick Souleiman
Forward Trust

Our business bootcamps are designed to help people decide whether entrepreneurship is right for them and to provide the support required when starting a new business. We can support you with business planning, funding, registering for tax, marketing and how to grow the business.

What kind of support can I get?

  • Group workshops
  • One-to-one coaching and support
  • Access to our pool of volunteer Enterprise Mentors
  • Financial support through our Forward Micro-grant (subject to availability of funds and criteria)
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring via our Enterprise Club
  • Access to our online hub of written and visual resources
  • Access to our wide range of partners for extra support
  • Invitations to our virtual masterclasses and podcasts motivational and celebratory events

How long is the programme?

Our bootcamp is usually delivered over six months through a group workshop followed by one-on-one advice sessions with our enterprise coaches.

Who is the programme for?

We specialise in supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds who have complex barriers to self-employment, including people with criminal records, and recovering addicts. Our business bootcamps are designed to help people decide whether entrepreneurship is right for them and to provide the support required when starting a new business. We can support you with business planning, funding, registering for tax, marketing and how to grow the business.

The ultimate goal of the programme is to help people move into long-term, successful self-employment. Participation in our programmes can also help improve your confidence, self-esteem, communication, and motivation.

Eligibility requirements

  • Age: 18 to over 60
  • Ethnicity: None
  • Gender: Not listed
  • Disability: Hearing impairment
     
 
Tevfick Souleiman
Tevfick Souleiman
Forward Trust
 
As Head of Enterprise at Forward Trust, my role is to manage our Enterprise Support Services to people who are interested in setting up their own business and who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, including ex-offenders, recovering addicts, long term unemployed, people with phyiscal and mental disabilities. This support is provided free of charge and we also provide micro-grants of up to £1000, ( subject to availability of funds) for start up businesses to help them grow and become sustainable.  In addition, I also manage our two social enterprises wholly owned by Forward. 1- Blue Sky Services - Blue Sky Services is a social enterprise that provides grounds maintenance services to customers in the voluntary and private sector, local authorities and social landlords. Blue Sky Services supports our commitment to directly employ people with lived experience of offending and addiction. 2- Amenity Landscaping- Amenity Landscaping was acquired by Forward in the summer of 2022. We provide high quality domestic and commercial garden maintenance services in North London and Herts including landscaping projects such as decking, fencing, patio's and garden designs and overhaul.
 

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