Brighton Business Impact Group launched

Five Brighton businesses have joined forces to create a new Business Impact Group (BIG), facilitated by Business in the Community.

It’s exciting to see the launch of the Brighton BIG and to have launched with such an impactful activity. Following the first intervention the members will be meeting to plan a schedule of activities which are aligned to the skills and resources they are able to offer’

- Zoe Humphrey,
Business Engagement Manager at Business in the Community
The Brighton BIG, made up of Legal & General, Kelly Communications, SiteVisibility, CPJ Field &Co and Create.net, along with Brighton and Hove City Council, will offer pledges of support and work with the community partners through various collaborative interventions. The BIG was developed following a Seeing is Believing visit to the city in May when business leaders agreed that collaborative action was key to addressing some of the issues the visit identified.

Frances Borrer of Legal and General commented ‘Following the Prince’s Seeing is Believing visit in May I am delighted that we are launching the Brighton BIG. Through working collaboratively with other businesses we can focus our support and work effectively in sharing our skills and resources with the local community.  In time I hope the hope the BIG grows and that other employers will consider supporting the initiative so that we can grow our impact’.

One of the first community partners to work with the Brighton BIG is Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA). Businesses will offer a variety of support over the next year, based on key needs as identified by the school. This will include pupil-led interventions within the curriculum and on enterprise, and broader support on leadership and governance. The first intervention saw business volunteers working with Year 10 students as part of an employability programme and resulted in the businesses offering a week of work experience to a number of pupils.

“We are very excited that businesses from across Brighton and Hove are working with our students during this year’s GOALS (Go Out And Learn Stuff) week," said Dylan Davies, Principal of BACA.  It’s a great chance for students to learn from professionals about the skills employers are looking for and to gain useful tips on CV writing and goal setting.  Unique learning experiences like this are invaluable and we are working to further develop business partnerships to continually increase opportunities for our students.”

For further information on the Brighton BIG and to discuss how your organisations can get involved contact Zoe Humphrey, Business Engagement Manager at Business in the Community on 07789 713209.

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