Kick Off in Business operates across a large number of public and private prisons providing the offender population with qualified and accredited ‘through the gate’ business start-up advice and support. Across the HMP estate, over 100 learners attend our courses every week.

Although delivered through the education department, our specialist Trainers are all self-employed, have NOMS clearance and are fully qualified to provide business start-up advice. Our refreshing, informative start-up events are quickly becoming the first choice for many learners and providers. Since Kick Off in Business switched from outside to in, the programme has helped over 2000 people.

Our ‘through the gate’ support provides a clear pathway, priceless continuity and stability for learners at a time when the landscape is cluttered, noisy and confusing. This support extends to working with other specialist ex offender agencies to tailor a package of support to the specific needs of each learner. Each of our courses carry a formally recognised business qualification. They are delivered via a series of short, punchy, fun and engaging sessions designed to provide learners with sufficient information for them to launch a business.

Support for learners immediately after release can have a significant influence on their resettlement. Our Through the Gate aftercare package is available to all learners across the UK, wherever they relocate. All they need to do is pick up the phone to speak with one of our specialist team. The telephone number is 0333 005 0344. This gives access to a full and comprehensive range of start-up advice tools and references.

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