Award

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.

Useful Sites

St Giles
St Giles
Breaking the cycle of offenders. We are a helping ex-offenders and disadvantaged people to move their lives forward.
Nacro
Nacro
Resettlement work to help offenders find a place to live and provide them with the support, encouragement and skills they need to cope successfully with life back in the community.
Clinks
Clinks
Clinks primary aim is to support voluntary sector organisations that work with offenders and their families.
Prisoners Families
Prisoners Families
Action for Prisoners' and Offenders' Families works for the benefit of prisoners'
The Hardman Trust
The Hardman Trust
The Hardman Trust helps people who have been in prison for a long time to get their lives back on track when released.
Princes Trust
Princes Trust
The Princes Trust provide support and get ex-offenders into work, education or training once released.
Clean Sheet
Clean Sheet
From Prison to Employment. Clean Sheet is a Christian charity – empowering local churches and employers to support prisoners and ex-offenders into the world of work by offering a unique 3-Step Pathway from prison to employment.
The Mix
The Mix
List of support agencies across the UK available for ex-offenders
UK Government
UK Government
Government support website for ex-offenders and families
Catch 22
Catch 22
Help to find suitable accommodation, education, training or employment and provide other support that helps to transform lives and stop the cycle of offending.
Unlock
Unlock
Provide independent charitable support to help people with convictions. This is done both online and directly. This work is funded by charitable trusts and donations.
Back On Track
Back On Track
We support adults who are going through a process of recovery or rehabilitation to build the skills they need to lead independent and fulfilling lives.
Ban The Box
Ban The Box
Ban the Box calls on UK employers to create a fair opportunity for ex-offenders to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms and asking about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process.
Mosaic
Mosaic
Mosaic provides a ‘through-the-gates’ mentoring programme, mainly (but not exclusively) for Muslim prisoners. We provide trained volunteer mentors to provide support in the six months prior to release and for at least six months post-release.
The Bromley Trust
The Bromley Trust
Provide funding for the education and skills training of offenders.
Shelter
Shelter
Benefits and housing information for prisoners and ex-offenders, and their families
Prosper 4 Group
Prosper 4 Group
Prosper 4 Group is a range of social enterprises focused on employment for marginalised people, and specialising in serving prisoners and ex-offenders.
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity
An Equal Opportunity organisation providing loans for new business ideas and young businesses needing investment.
Working Links
Working Links
Delivery of rehabilitation and offender management services
Citizens Advice
Citizens Advice
Website detailing government employment schemes and self-employment advice
People Plus
People Plus
Eight week programme designed to give you the skills, training and confidence to get back into work
Fredericks Foundation
Fredericks Foundation
Provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks is open to anyone who has a viable business proposition but cannot obtain mainstream finance
Shelter
Shelter
We help young adult offenders – Trainees – make real, long-lasting change after their release from prison