During 2019/20 BRAG achieved these objectives by delivering the following key business results:

 

Social Enterprise support

Impact – Over the year we provided ongoing support to 11 new starts, worked closely with 6 high growth clients and also supported 74 other pre-start SEs or those that were already established. We also ran 7 events. These included quarterly FSEN (Fife Social Enterprise Network) meetings, a cash flow workshop and 3 small workshops run in conjunction with Firstport and Just Enterprise, who are also third sector organisations.

New business support

Impact – Over the course of 2019/2020 a total of 539 clients were supported through the NEA Programme. NEA is a very resource intensive Programme during the first 12 weeks of a client’s journey supporting them to achieve business plan approval then moving forwards to commencement of trading and further supporting them to achieve sustained trading at 6 and 12 months. Of the 539 clients that started the NEA Programme, 87% had their business plan approved, with 72% then starting to trade and 63% reaching the key 6 month sustained trading date, meaning that our service was ranked in the top 3 against other National providers. This is a huge achievement for the team.

Youth and community development

Foodworks

This partnership project with Greener Kirkcaldy has continued to grow and when previous funding from Fairer Fife came to end we decided that due to the success of the pilot, we would continue to develop the FoodWorks Training and Employability Programme. Two programmes were delivered over the course of the year, however the last programme which started in January 2020 could not be finished and has been put on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions. The programme was delivered over 12 weeks, one day a week, the programme is for those who are long term unemployed, in need of work experience, skills, and training to progress into employment or further education. All participants had experienced various barriers that had prevented their progression previously: mental health; learning and development; substance misuse; lack of confidence; and caring responsibilities.

Formula 24 Police Project

Over the year we worked with a total of 22 young people on this innovative project where young people build and race an electric car. Building on the experience we previously had from working with community policing in Cowdenbeath we rolled the project out to the Levenmouth and Glenrothes Community Policing Teams. Within the Levenmouth area we targeted the 16+ group, many of whom had multiple barriers and were involved in offending behaviour. Further to the great success last year we also continued to support the development of the Goblin project with Fife Council, which has continued to grow year on year. The car is similar to F24 but is aimed a primary school pupils. This year was the first that young people involved with the F24 Project with the Glenrothes Community Police Team also got involved with the Goblin project. This was an opportunity for the older children to develop their learning and share their own experiences acting as peer mentors for the Primary School children involved with the Goblins. This proved to be very successful, the young people felt empowered and took on the responsibility of working with the younger children very seriously. For some of our F24 Team this was a huge step and gave them a sense of achievement beyond being involved in their own F24 Project.

Levenmouth Together

A town centre initiative delivered by Brag Enterprises and prime funded by Fife Council. The Levenmouth Together projects main aims were to promote the Levenmouth area of Fife as a visitor destination with an emphasis on the town centre whilst also encouraging local peoples involvement in events via volunteering. This was a new approach and very much a pilot learning from our own experiences in Benarty. Starting with a small team and a local steering group we put on a number of differing events over the year.

Square Start Levenmouth

This began as a 15-month families project in August 2019. Working with local partners Fife Gingerbread the project’s aim was to offer a holistic full family approach to employability by breaking down barriers and teaching valuable life skills to underprivileged families within the Levenmouth area whilst overcoming social isolation. We agreed to support no less than 40 families made up of at least 125 individuals over this time. Between August 5th 2019 and March 31st 2020 Square Start supported: 19 Families – 21 Adults and 42 Children. In the reporting period we delivered a full calendar of activities to achieve all Key Milestones as agreed in advance with our funders Scottish Government. This included: – cooking on a budget, Keep Fit Classes, financial inclusion, fuel Budgeting, arts and crafts, decorating/Upskilling and employment opportunities.

Employability

We continued to deliver our usual ALBA (Altering Lives Building Ambitions) Programme and we branched out to other areas of Fife, running courses in Leven, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath. We also delivered a few different types of courses within the year including our ‘Toe In’ (the door) course which was a course aimed at helping people with their wellbeing. Our ‘Boot in’ delivered industry specific training in partnership with training providers in the security and construction industry, one of which gained 6 individuals several valuable on site tickets including dumper truck driver. Out of the 6 candidates who we put through the course, 5 went into paid employment and the other into further formal education. Being the barrier removal specialist we employed two dedicated inclusion workers who undertook caseloads all around Fife. Our Wellbeing Inclusion Worker role was utilised a lot during this time and has proven to continue to be a popular service within Brag particularly where an individual had specific barriers to securing employment.

Fife ETC

Impact – During this period Brag’s individual contribution to the consortium as a provider continued to grow as we focused on stage 2 and 3 of the employability pathway: We had 286 of our own compliant registrations along with registered clients from elsewhere meaning we supported a total of 478 people during the period. We worked with 143 people to produce a Personal Development Plan, 184 Pathway referrals were progressed on from Brag and 30 people were placed into work placements. We personally delivered 65 job outcomes and 16 entered formal education outcomes.

Affordable business space

In late 2019 we started phase #1 of our refurbishment works at Crosshill where 4 units were refurbished Including the creation of the Willie Clark Conference Room (pictured). This development is now the start of a long journey towards Improving our property assets. By the end of 2019 we had a agreed a purchase price for the acquisition of Thomson House In Methil and 2020 will see us make a large Investment In this site with a plan to create good quality space for Brag and Its partners along with affordable space for up to 20 micro businesses.

For more in-depth information, photographs and case studies download our new annual report or our signed accounts below.

BRAG Enterprises – making an impact. Annual Report 2019-20

2019-20 BRAG signed Accounts

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