Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network

Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network

The new Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network was launched in October 2018 for businesses across the area who are committed to contributing to their communities. It’s free to any business to join the network and includes businesses in Wyre, Fylde and Blackpool.

Responsible Business Network

It’s an early morning start on 14 January 2020 at the Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network meeting at the Carlton Hotel.

Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network
Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network

The Responsible Business Network is part of the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership. It’s a group of businesses who are committed to supporting the local community. Their priority areas for now are:

  • helping school children prepare for the world of work
  • and helping long-term unemployed people back into work

One of the key things they’re trying to do is to give all children at least one encounter with a business before they leave school. It’s been shown that having 4-5 good quality business encounters can reduce a child’s tendency to be classed as NEET by up to 85%. NEET is those who are ‘not in employment, education and training’.

Could you help?

Think about your own career and work life. Did you end up doing what you expected to do in life? What’s your career story?

We certainly didn’t do what we expected to. Instead, following a strange and winding path to living here at the coast and publishing your favourite online resource. Listening to people like us is inspiring to young people. It can show them what they want to do, and also what they don’t want to do in their career.

Here at Visit Fylde coast we do a lot of community work. We believe in giving back to the area in order to help it to succeed. We’ve all got our own passions and strengths and can contribute locally in different ways.

Register your business online

There’s also a careers website coming soon called Start Blackpool. That’s being designed to end the young people’s myth that there are ‘no jobs in Blackpool’. It’s customised to connect young people with local businesses. If you’re a business who employs young people it’s well worth registering on there to help young people to understand the local labour market.

Find out more

Could you get involved? Could you offer place visits or speak to students? Do you want your business listing for free on the Start Blackpool careers platform?

Contact Michelle Walker by email michelle.walker@bitc.org.uk or telephone 08834 495 212. Please mention that you saw it on Visit Fylde Coast!

More about the Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership

The network has been created, and is supported, by the Blackpool Pride of Place partnership. It’s a flagship initiative of Business in the Community – HRH The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network.

The partnership is a group of people from the business, third and public sectors who have come together to promote economic development and tackle the area’s social challenges. The aim to support the town to prosper, at the same time as reducing vulnerability and demand on what’s already an overstretched public sector. Whilst the primary focus is Blackpool, the aim is to have a halo effect along the Fylde coast and for the whole area to feel involved.

The partnership has been created under the umbrella of Business in the Community. That’s a national business membership organisation which encourages responsible business. It’s the blueprint for a new approach to working with communities to determine sustainable and positive futures.

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