Kick Off in Business was created in November 2012 providing Business Start Up support to a growing self-employed community that now stands at 4.6m. Working with partners in Premier League Football, Kick Off in Business helped over 2000 people between 2013 & 2015.
In November 2015, Kick Off in Business was invited to deliver a programme to the Offender population. Kick Off in Business now operates in 10 HMP venues and has helped over 1700 learners consider the option of self-employment or business start-up.
As part of a wider educational piece Kick Off in Business recently received an Ofsted Outstanding result. Our Through the Gate support package was also recognised with a National Partner Award from our Lead Olass Provider.
Our award winning Through the Gate support comprises the following key steps:-
Step 1 - Recruitment
Subject to HMP category, we perform all our own learner recruitment. Promotion devices include posters, flyers, wing visits, group sessions, inductions, progression & other vocational courses. In HMP Ranby and Glen Parva, Kick Off in Business has been embedded into each Construction and Trackworks cohort to improve learner employability outcomes. Subject to the learner age and profile Kick Off in Business also offer a range of incentives including T Shirts, A4 Wallets, Books and our own phone credit incentive scheme.
Step 2 - Action Packed Courses
Each of our Trainers is a business owner. Each is qualified to SFEDI Level 5 in Business Start up support. We purposefully deliver short, low calorie quals in order to layer as much useful and live information as possible within an event lasting a little as 2 days or as long as 8. The events are fun, engaging and packed with award winning Business Start up advice. Each learner receives a full range of learning resources and reference materials. The low calorie quals coupled with modest cohort sizes provide an environment to deliver tailored advice to each learner. Advisors and Learners then jointly complete an Action Plan to map out additional pre and post release activities and points of reference.
Step 3 - 1:1 Intensive Care
Returning to the Action Plan, each Learner is provided limitless 1:1 support pre-release. There is a meeting request system created in each venue. This is an opportunity to provide further tailored advice and importantly to coordinate any other agency support available to the learner before the release date. To limit the noise and confusion post release, we coordinate meetings and contact with other support agencies such as Start Up Loans, Princes Trust and JCP while still inside. As a formal partner to the Start Up Loan Scheme and the New Enterprise Allowance programme we can work with the learner so that all of the necessary preparatory work such as business plans and forecasts can be generated before release. Critically, this ensures support is available from day 1.
Step 4 - Through the Gate Support
Man for man marking. The same Advisor pre-release continues the support post release. The gate becomes invisible. Kick Off in Business offers a range of field based and online support services from face to face meetings, a telephone helpline and a designated online package. During this TTG journey, it is our job to facilitate a seamless introduction to those agencies contracted to continue specialist support whether that be the Start Up Loan Scheme, New Enterprise Allowance programme or Princes Trust package. Kick Off in Business is a formal partner to PeoplePlus and MCF Loans.