Social Enterprise Hub
Doors fully open to Social Enterprise Hub
- Central Bedfordshire residents now have a new facility where they can start and grow their own business with help and advice from business advisors who can provide support and guidance to start up, new and existing small businesses.
The Social Enterprise Hub which is based at the Disability Resource Centre in Poynters Road, Dunstable, has been up and running since the end of July and offers a host of programmes aimed at areas of the community typically underrepresented in business support.
Central Bedfordshire Council, with support from our Economic Participation Programme funded by the East of England Development Agency, helped the charity convert 1,200sq ft of empty storage space into a series of fully serviced Social Enterprise Hub facilities to encourage and support business start up and expansions.
Run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities since 1994, The Disability Resource Centre provides an unrivalled range of disability information and advice services, which reinforce the local charity’s vision of equality, access and independence for all disabled people.
With over 6,500 individual local enquiries each year, the free core services of disability information and independent equipment advice are in ever increasing demand, and give advice to people of all ages and conditions.
The Poynters Road location also acts as a base for a wide range of tenant partners, who work closely with The Disability Resource Centre. These include NHS Psychology services, Brain Injury teams, Intermediate Care for older persons, social service teams for physical disability, visual impairment, hearing impairment and hospital at home teams, as well as NHS Continence services.
- Cllr Ken Matthews, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth, Skills & Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council said: “This new development alongside our aspirations for other key sites and facilities in the area are all part of the council’s economic ambition and strategic lead on creating job opportunities and skills training to support a growing population.
“It reaches those most vulnerable communities facing multiple barriers to work or training providing opportunities to improve skills as well as creating hubs and new space for enterprise.
“Self employment will continue to be a real option for people who may have the skills to start their own business and this facility offers the perfect springboard for them to harness these skills and get the advice that they need.”