Increase

Increase Valorisation Sociale

Increase

Specific Objective Social Innovation
Project Budget € 9 997 758
ERDF Amount € 6 877 753
Duration 07/2017 - 12/2020 (41 months)

Description

Project Increase will develop a new cross-border training programme to help social housing residents set up their own micro-businesses or achieve other forms of employment. The project will aim to help train 6,000 participants, creating up to 1,100 new businesses and helping a further 2,000 people into employment.

Typically, social housing residents face higher than average unemployment with 53% of residents in the UK unemployed or economically inactive, compared with the 30% national average. In target areas of France this figure is 39.5% against a national average of 36%.

Project Increase will aim to tackle this problem by working closely with housing associations in 38 neighbourhoods in France and the UK to deliver one-to-one training sessions for residents. It is the first large-scale micro-enterprise training programme tailored specifically for social housing residents and communities. Participants will learn all the necessary skills to launch their own businesses, including how to trial and market test business ideas and how to manage their finances through micro-loans.

Once the project has ended, Increase will continue to support participants and other housing association residents by creating a number of community ambassador roles in each of the 38 neighbourhoods. These ambassadors will provide on-going support to micro-entrepreneurs and continue to engage future participants, ensuring the long lasting legacy of the project.

Lead Partner

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Optivo
Kent , England

Project Partners

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Radian Housing
Hampshire , England
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Le Comptoir de l'Innovation
Paris, France
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NEOTOA
Ille-et-Vilaine, France
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Archipel Habitat : Office Public de l'habitat de Rennes Métropole
Ille-et-Vilaine, France
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Maison de l'Emploi, de L'Insertion et de la Formation du Bassin d'Emploi de Rennes
Ille-et-Vilaine, France
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University of East Anglia
Norfolk , England
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Enterprise Cube
Norfolk , England
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Société Anonyme d'habitations à Loyer Modère Logement et Gestion Immobilière Pour La Région Parisienne-Loire
Seine-Maritime , France
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Clarion Housing Group
Norfolk , England
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Pas-de-Calais habitat
Pas de Calais , France