Imagematch Social Enterprise CIC is an innovative training company working with young unemployed people to support them in the transition to permanent employment. Since we started in March 2010 we have placed over 200 candidates from Shropshire and mid Wales in training, with 80% of them securing ongoing employment, further training or qualifications.
As a result of our success we are now expanding into Herefordshire, Worcestershire and further into Wales. Looking further into the future, training and enterprise support services will increasingly be delivered by Community Interest Companies (CICs) like ourselves, so we’re well placed to deal with the challenges ahead.
Greggs has been named as a finalist for the ERSA Employability Awards 2014 in the Large Employer of the Year Award category, following a nomination by Imagematch - a Social Enterprise which is part of Serco’s Work Programme delivery network.
Gareth Matthews, Serco’s Business Director for the Welfare Services business, said:
“Serco and Imagematch have joined forces with HMP Dovegate and Employ with Conviction (a Shropshire-based employer network) to engage with employers to support prison leavers and other long-term unemployed people on the Work Programme”.
He went on to say “I am delighted that this partnership is coming to fruition and that - with Imagematch’s support - Greggs is being recognised through ERSA’s awards as a brilliant example of the far-reaching and sustainable impact employers can have on society.”
Greggs has so far made a practical contribution to over 300 disadvantaged people, improving their employability and quality of life through customised initiatives developed in conjunction with prisons, probation trusts, Jobcentre Plus and Work Programme providers. The initiatives include assessment and interview experience for offenders and ex-offenders, work experience placements and paid employment for long-term unemployed people on the Work Programme as well as for young people in particular.
Beckie Rowland, Recruitment Advisor for Community Placements at Greggs commented:
“Greggs are delighted to have reached the finals for an ERSA employability award. Our collaboration with Imagematch and Secro enables us to work closely with disadvantaged groups within the community, offering secure and sustainable employment.”
James Evans, Head of Operations at Imagematch added:
“It is brilliant that Greggs have committed so much time and effort to supporting disadvantaged people back into work and have created real jobs for individuals who have struggled to find employment. Imagematch are keen to continue working with Greggs in the future to find more people opportunities.”
The ERSA Employability Awards aim to celebrate and champion best practice from across the employment related services sector, highlighting the day-to-day hard work and dedication of individuals and organisations in the industry, who are supporting jobseekers to find employment and often making a genuine difference in people’s lives.
The Large Employer of the Year Award recognises a large employer who has demonstrated exceptional commitment in creating opportunities for disadvantaged and long-term unemployed people.
The award winner will be announced at a special ceremony in London, on June 2 attended by over 200 people, including all the finalists. The ceremony will be addressed by the Minster for Employment, Esther McVey.
Kirsty Mchugh, ERSA Chief Executive, said:
“With 180 strong entries to the ERSA awards this year, our judges faced the huge challenge of selecting the winning finalists from such a high calibre of nominees. We are delighted to congratulate all the finalists and look forward to a much deserved celebration at our awards night.”
After being named in the Accelerate250, Imagematch are delighted to feature in the “Highlights” promo, which is being circulated via the various social media platforms. Please click on the link to see more. Accelerate Highlights 2013 http://vimeo.com/69376997
NEW BUSINESS COMMUNITY TO PUT THE DRIVE INTO ACCELERATE 2013
22 May 2013: Mark Gibson of Imagematch has been invited to join the ACCELERATE 250, a new business community championed by Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young and made up of the fastest growing companies in the UK.
Multi award winning UK Social Enterprise of the year Imagematch is an innovative training company working with long term unemployed people and ex-offenders to support them in the transition to permanent employment and further education.
The ACCELERATE 250 will be meeting for the first time at ACCELERATE 2013, Britain’s first flagship festival dedicated to high-potential businesses that is set to be held in Liverpool on June 27.
The festival aims to raise the profile of the UK’s fastest growing businesses and their impact on the British economy, with the ACCELERATE 250 seen as key to mobilising wider support for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Lord Young and Sir Terry Leahy have identified representatives from the UK’s fastest growing small and medium businesses, the “vital six per cent” of companies that are creating more than half of the nation’s new jobs, calling on them to work together in identifying solutions to mutual obstacles.
The group will be working closely with one another to address the key issues and shared challenges that face all growing businesses, meeting for a series of interactive discussions and debates.
Members of the ACCELERATE 250 come from across the UK and represent industries from food and fashion, to pharmaceuticals and finance.
ACCELERATE 2013 will see more than 1,000 delegates descend on Liverpool for a festival like no other, with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, lastminute.com co-founder Martha Lane Fox, former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick and Tech City UK CEO Joanna Shields among the confirmed speakers.
Sir Terry Leahy, former Tesco CEO, said: “It’s our belief that Britain’s prosperity in the 21st century global economy is going to be built on the success of high-potential, fast-growth businesses.
“That is why, this coming June, we will be assembling a new group of Britain’s brightest and best businesses to put them at the heart of Britain’s economic renaissance.
“It is our ambition that the 27 June will be just the start of the journey that sees the ACCELERATE 250 become the nucleus of Britain’s future high-growth economic success.”
Mark Gibson of Imagematch said “We are delirious that Imagematch has been identified as one of the UK’s most high-potential small businesses – we can’t wait to join up with the other ACCELERATE 250 members in Liverpool for what promises to be the start of a fantastic partnership.
“The programme has been designed to help small businesses grow successfully – it’s not every day you get the chance to receive business coaching from the likes of former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick and Martha Lane Fox.
“Having our hard work recognised by the likes of Sir Terry Leahy and Lord Young is a huge achievement for us. More than anything, however, we’re excited by the prospect of joining up with the very best that Britain’s businesses have to offer.”]
Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, said: “ACCELERATE 2013 will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase that the business world works best when it works together, with the ACCELERATE 250 embodying this collaborative spirit and we look forward to welcoming them to Liverpool.
“Members will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on how to make the successful transition from start-up to high-growth business.”