Entrepreneurs Unlocked recognises that people with criminal histories can develop their talents and gifts to enable them to flourish and become a positive contributor to society. With almost 2 in 3 adults with custodial sentences of less than one year re-offending within 12 months of release and the total cost in excess of re-offending £15billion per annum, ways to reduce its impact on the individual and society is of value and benefit to all. Its mission is to engage with individuals in custody and the community and provide a range of programmes to nurture and develop their talent to enable them to live a crime-free future as an individual, employee or self-employed person.View Courses
Over 10 years’ experience in developing and delivering leadership and management, enterprise skills and business start-up programmes. Underpinned by 20 years private sector experience in manufacturing and business management.
By engaging with over a thousand men and women in custody and the community and learning from their experiences has informed and enhanced the programmes developed.
Developing rapport and a trusted relationship is vital for success. The support does not stop at the prison gate or the end of the course.
Entrepreneurs Unlocked are an Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE) Academy assuring that the programmes and support on offer is of the highest quality.
Half day workshop that explores the individual’s entrepreneurial talent. The skills and mindset to be successful are considered, along with potential employment and self-employment options.
For those wanting to work in the construction sector as a self-employed sub-contractor. How to get on site, how to meet HMRC requirements and keep on top of your finances.
Highlights the key stages including resource planning, finance, getting and keeping your customers, trading legally, HMRC registration and how to access further support.
Developing a detailed plan to start up and earn money. It includes pitching practice and business coaching sessions as well as specialist tax advice and digital marketing workshops.
I set up Entrepreneurs Unlocked after an eight year career with Novus, the largest provider of prison education in England. As the lead for enterprise and self-employment I was able to substantially increase the number of prisons that delivered workshops and courses that enabled learners to develop their skills and knowledge. Prior to this I worked as a tutor and trainer in further and higher education establishments working with 16-19 year olds seeking a business management pathway to university, adults seeking personal development and corporate employees enhancing their leadership and management skills. This was on the back working for a small social enterprise as a community support worker, which was a humbling experience, being able to support those with the most needs. I was also proud to become their Investors In People Champion, resulting in accreditation for the organisation at their first assessment. My first career was 20 years in engineering, manufacturing and business management. Being able to nurture and develop my staff to improve themselves was always a key driver for me.
As a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRSA) for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce I am part of a global community of 30,000 problem solvers.
As a Churchill Fellow (CF) I travelled to learn and returned to inspire with aim to in some way transform the lives of others in the UK.
As an award winning Member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (MIOEE) I am part of a growing and vibrant community of enterprise and entrepreneurship professionals and educators.
In 2018, I travelled to the US to research prison and community entrepreneurship programmes with exceptionally low rates of re-offending. This was funded by a successful application to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. What I saw inspired me to share these insights and set up Entrepreneurs Unlocked. There are currently 2,250,000 million men and women currently in prison in the US. The rate of Re-offending of these programmes is less than 10% compared to the US average of 60% within 2 years of release.Download Report