Influential employers from across Nottinghamshire came together earlier this month to explore how businesses can work together to positively impact the lives of young people in the city, as part of an event hosted by Nottingham Means Business (NMB) and Experian.
The breakfast event, which took place at the Sir John Peace Building on Nottingham’s ng2 Business Park, brought together some of the county’s biggest employers including attendees from Business in the Community, Boots, Capital One, Chinook, PKF Cooper Parry, Crown Estates, Deloitte, Domestic & General, Ikano, Nottingham City Council, Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham City of Football, Nottingham Trent University, PwC, Specsavers, Speedo, the University of Nottingham and Experian.
Guest speaker Marcellus Baz, managing director of Switch Up and Nottingham School of Boxing, said: “I created both my boxing club and Switch Up after experiencing a cycle of unemployment and a lack of direction; I grew up with negative role models and struggled to find a path and discipline. Taking part in sports like boxing helped me to learn skills such as timekeeping and teamwork, both of which can be applied to employment.
“I have experienced first-hand the positive effects of businesses working with young people from deprived areas and I hope this event encourages some of the largest employers in Nottinghamshire to work together. This event was amazing and I am overwhelmed by the appetite of these organisations to collaborate and promote the difficulties facing young people from deprived places in the local community.”
The event sought to answer three main questions: What can businesses do together to inspire young people and give them greater aspiration in life? How can businesses help young people to become ready for work and bridge the gap to their first employment opportunity? And how do businesses encourage young people to be entrepreneurial and start a business of their own?
Richard Donovan of Experian added: “This event has been six months in the making and it is so brilliant to see so many organisations come together as part of it; to share and develop their ideas. There was overwhelming enthusiasm for these businesses to work more closely together and I’m really excited to see what happens next. While today was about testing out whether there was interest to collaborate, the next meeting will be more oriented towards making some things happen so I can’t wait to see what we can do together to make a difference in our community.”
Nottingham Means Business now has more than 230 members. Being a member of the organisation enables firms to take part in an array of Nottinghamshire focused events, including business lunches, sector specific events and social gatherings to encourage collaboration and investment across the region.