During 2018/19 BRAG achieved these objectives by delivering the following key business results:
- BRAG continued to provide affordable property and workspace at three industrial locations across Fife, benefitting over 30 small businesses, charities and sole traders with flexible, affordable business space.
- BRAG supported the operation of the Benarty Foodbank in the Benarty area by offering free accommodation for the service within its Crosshill Business Centre along with space for another charitable organisation ReEmploy who offer employment to individuals with an enduring disability. In Methil, at Thomson House we did likewise by providing free space to the Children’s clothes bank.
- BRAG also made its 15 seat minibus available to 15 local constituted groups free of charge where it was used on 42 separate occasions (This service will no longer be available in 2020).
- This year we were very happy to continue with our positive working relationship with Fife Council’s Economic Development Team and continue to support youth employability and the social enterprise sector across Fife. With this core funding from Fife Council, BRAG provided business support and advise for social enterprise start ups whilst assisting existing enterprises.
- Working with our partners People Plus BRAG offered Business Support and Advice for new business start-ups via our NEA (New Enterprise Allowance) programme. Our existing contract ended in March 2019 however, we were successful in securing a 2 year extension with the contract covering Fife, Tayside, Forth Valley and West Lothian. Importantly, over the course of 2018/19 a total of 528 clients started on the NEA programme across these three areas. Of those, 88% had their business plan approved with almost 70% starting trading, half of those reaching the key 6 month trading date. This compares very favourably with other providers and may have helped in securing the 2 year extension to the contract.
- BRAG’s Youth & Community Development Team have provided opportunities for young people to engage with STEM activities, learn new skills, engage with employers and ultimately re-engage with learning.
- Goblin support was given to 25 Fife schools competing at our Cowdenbeath Racewall event (up from previous year’s 14 schools).
- F24 Police diversion partnership project targeted 14–16 year olds who were ‘at risk’ within the community or on the periphery of offending behaviour.
- BRAG’s community activity also included our support for the Our Place initiative in Glenrothes. It finally ended in June 2019 but the work we did there left a legacy of numerous high-profile community projects that will be there for years to come.
- Another huge success for us was that BRAG continued to work with other third sector organisations as the lead partner of the Flagship Fife-ETC delivering mainstream employability support to those from Fife most in need. As well as being the main partner, BRAG itself provided direct support to individuals on its ALBA programme with specialist assistance provided by our fantastic employability coaches. From 1st April 2018 until 31st March 2019, the BRAG adult delivery team worked with over 200 participants, registering 137 new clients onto our provision and supporting 53 into employment. Our BRAG team had increased in size for 2018-19 and the skillsets of the new staff members allowed us to deliver a broad range of support across Fife.
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