Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership launches plan to grow Blackpool economy by £1bn by 2030 and create and safeguard 10,000 jobs

The Blackpool economy could grow by £1bn by 2030 with the creation and safeguarding of 10,000 jobs with the support of national Government, according to a Blackpool town prospectus, published today by the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership.   

The Blackpool 2030 town prospectus also outlines the opportunity to:

Ban the Box heads to Scotland for 5th anniversary

Following an employer event at HMP Brixton in London on 16 October marking the start of the campaign's 5th anniversary, Ban the Box is at HMP Edinburgh today to look at how to remove those barriers.

In collaboration with Cyrenians and Release Scotland, Business in the Community is bringing 14 businesses into the prison to meet with prisoners and discuss pathways to employment for people with criminal convictions in Scotland.

Giving ex-offenders a fair chance - 5 years of Ban the Box

Since 2013, more than 110 employers, including the entire Civil Service, have committed to creating fair employment opportunities for ex-offenders across about 800,000 roles. Recent sign ups include Fujitsu, Saint Gobain, Prestige Recruitment and Barkers LLP, proving all sectors and sizes of business can Ban the Box.

Financial insecurity contributing to poor mental health for UK workers

  • A quarter of employees are struggling to make ends meet, less than half are satisfied with their current financial situation 
  • Two-thirds say mental health and wellbeing affected by personal job security (66%)
  • 90% of young people say their mental health is affected by the cost of living