The EBP, a non-profit dedicated to developing the skills of young people through support and employment programmes, has been recognised as a leading social enterprise, shortlisted in the 2014 RBS SE100 awards.
The RBS SE100 Index is an online listing of social ventures, ranked and scored according to their growth and social impact. Each year The RBS SE100 Awards recognise social enterprises on the Index who have demonstrated some of the best business practice within the sector, celebrating the growth, impact and ambition of social enterprises in the UK.
The Growth Champion Award is given to a social business on the Index who has experienced positive, financial growth from one year to the next, the panel also look for a winner with a sustainable business model. The EBP has a growth percentage of 134% for the 2012-2013 financial year, compared with an average of 97% on the main index.
Striving to engage young people in work and society through development programmes, The EBP works to ensure its services provide young people with the opportunity to develop the skills that employers are looking for.
The EBP has extended its network of partner organisations, allowing it to work on a National Level, supporting young people aged 5 to 25 with a number of services across five key brands, consisting of National Citizen Service and Access Employability, Skills Tree, Bespoke Products and Potential For Growth.
The Growth Champion award is just as much about social impact as it is about expansion and success. The EBP has a social impact score of 8/10, putting the organisation in the top 20.2% of enterprises in this years RBS SE100 index for measuring and demonstrating social impact.
Elaine Lilley, Chief Executive at The EBP says: “Our purpose is to be a catalyst for social change, and through the successful partnerships we’ve formed, The EBP has been able to expand our programmes and work more closely with individuals, parents, schools and businesses.
“We now employ 45 staff all working to ensure young people have entered the world of work better equipped and prepared for what lies ahead. Since 2001, The EBP has facilitated over one million work experience placements and during the last year, supported more than 10,000 young people build skills for future employment.”
Elaine says: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award, it’s great to be recognised for progress that we’ve made and how far we’ve come over the past year. The Index has enabled us to measure our growth and social impact, which puts us in a strong position to win contracts and continue making an impact. ”
Duncan Sloan, RBS Head of Community Banking, says: “ RBS has been supporting businesses set up to solve social problems for many years. The social enterprise sector is a valuable part of the UK economy and it is our aim to support its development. The RBS SE100 Index and the trailblazing newcomer award allow us to recognise the successes of new ventures. Sometimes social enterprises need funding to get off the ground, other times they need access to the right networks to ensure they can evolve. The RBS SE100 index provides just that, and is a key initiative in our commitment to the success of the social enterprise sector.”
The 2014 winners will share a £30, 000 prize fund that will be awarded at the RBS SE100 Annual Awards on 24th November, at the Good Deals social investment conference in London. The shortlist is divided into five categories: Sustainable Growth, Social Impact, Trailblazing Newcomer and the Resilience and Storyteller award.