Government announce £1.6 billion fund to include town deals

Blackpool has successfully attracted interest from the private sector to supercharge its tourism offer and in December announced a £300 million project to create a new entertainment complex; Blackpool Central.
 
There is already a vision for Blackpool, laid out in its prospectus, for a thriving coastal community in 2030.
 
The leadership and motivation to achieve this is already in place and a town deal is a unique opportunity to secure the resources neeed to achieve this.
 

Supreme Court judgement on criminal records disclosure is a victory for common sense, says Business in the Community

“Today’s Supreme Court judgment is a victory for common sense. This will affect thousands of people with old and minor criminal records who would have had to disclose these when asked by an employer. We support calls from our partners at Unlock and Nacro for a fundamental review of the criminal record disclosure regime to further remove barriers to work for ex-offenders.
 

Major brands sign “Waste to Wealth” Commitment at Summit attended by HRH The Prince of Wales

  • Business in the Community -The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, brings together 200 leaders from business, government, academia and civil society at Waste to Wealth Summit to commit to work collectively to help double the nation’s resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste by 2030
  • Burger King, European Metal Recycling, Interface, JLL, Nestle, Sainsbury’s and Sodexo announced as Waste to Wealth Champions

Budget 2018: Plastic packaging tax should spur business on to turn their waste into wealth

In response to the Chancellor announcing details on a new tax on plastic packaging containing less than 30% recyclable plastic in today’s Budget, Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community comments on the need for businesses to rethink their resources for the 21st century to help their bottom line, as well as the planet.
 

Ban the Box heads to Scotland for 5th anniversary

Following an employer event at HMP Brixton in London on 16 October marking the start of the campaign's 5th anniversary, Ban the Box is at HMP Edinburgh today to look at how to remove those barriers.

In collaboration with Cyrenians and Release Scotland, Business in the Community is bringing 14 businesses into the prison to meet with prisoners and discuss pathways to employment for people with criminal convictions in Scotland.

Giving ex-offenders a fair chance - 5 years of Ban the Box

Since 2013, more than 110 employers, including the entire Civil Service, have committed to creating fair employment opportunities for ex-offenders across about 800,000 roles. Recent sign ups include Fujitsu, Saint Gobain, Prestige Recruitment and Barkers LLP, proving all sectors and sizes of business can Ban the Box.

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