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GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: Unity Homes and Enterprise are bringing together local leaders and start-ups

LEEDS-BASED Unity Homes and Enterprise has taken the lead in helping its business tenants to grow by organising a series of breakfast seminars and workshops facilitated by industry experts.

Delivered in partnership with Path Yorkshire, a charity specialising in projects that tackle education, social and economic inequalities, two events have been held in recent weeks.

In June, online specialist Simon Reed from SJT Solutions led a well-attended session on the innovative use of social media and websites to attract new customers and increase sales. In another busy gathering earlier this month, freelance consultant Nick Wayne drew on his wide experiences to highlight the importance of marketing for business success.

In early September, Theresa Thomas from Leeds City College will talk about the benefits of taking on apprentices and will also guide attendees through the details of the apprenticeship levy which the Government hopes will help to create three million new opportunities for young people by 2020.

GREATER OUTCOMES

Adrian Green, manager of Unity Enterprise, said:

“Working with Path Yorkshire and colleagues in Unity Employment Services, our specialist unit which helps the communities we serve to access jobs and training, we launched a survey asking what could be done to help Unity’s business tenants to achieve greater commercial outcomes.

“We were delighted by the number and clarity of responses received. The result is the quality of events we have arranged so far, each focused on a specific area of business support. And the programme has gathered a momentum of its own.

“We are confident that these efforts will deliver real added value for our tenants.”

Charlotte Raffo, owner and design director of The Monkey Puzzle Tree, has attended both seminars held so far. She said:

“In addition to the expert advice and tips I have picked up, the events have given me the opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs. After one conversation over bacon sandwiches, Michael Millward from Abeceder published a blog post about my business.

“It has proven to be time very well spent and I am grateful to Unity for their foresight in putting the meetings together.”

Ali Akbor, Unity Homes and Enterprise chief executive, said:

“The regeneration of sustainable communities is not just about providing high quality affordable homes, but also stimulating social and economic regeneration, improving life chances and addressing inequalities."

For more information on Unity Enterprise, telephone Adrian Green on 0113 242 5996 or email him at: adrian.green@unityha.co.uk

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