Bristol businesses open the doors to sustainable employment

Delegates are led through Stokes Croft by Raksha Pattni (right)

Delegates are led through Stokes Croft by Raksha Pattni (right)

Some of Bristol’s top employers have taken part in a ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit designed to show first-hand the key role businesses in the city can play to support people who face barriers into employment.

The visit was led by Suzanne Baxter, Group Finance Director, Mitie plc and included senior business leaders from Bond Dickinson LLP, Clarke Wilmott LLP, Imperial Tobacco Group, Nisbetts and JLL. Creating meaningful employment is one of the most significant ways that business contributes to the livelihoods of individuals and communities.

The day started at DAC Beachcroft LLP with an overview by Bristol City Council of the employment landscape in Bristol. This was followed by a visit to an Elim Housing supported housing scheme to meet residents and take part in a workshop that helps build the skills and confidence needed to gain and sustain employment. From there, delegates met with service users at Bristol Drugs Project.

Andy Herbert, (2nd right) Elim Housing talks about support services available.

Andy Herbert, (2nd right) Elim Housing talks about support services available.

The day culminated at KPMG with perspectives from people who have found employment with support from Business in the Community’s ‘Ready for Work’ programme and Mitie.

Suzanne Baxter commented, “This ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit has showcased the fantastic work that Bristol businesses are doing to get people into work and keep them there. These programmes are making a real and sustainable difference to people’s lives.”

Delegates will reconvene to share how they will take forward their learning from the day into their own businesses and supply chains.

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