Evaluation of the Business Broker Programme – final report (Brokering Business Connections) for Business in the Community (BitC) and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) on the national pilot programme, testing the role of Business Brokers supporting business involvement in Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) and neighbourhood renewal. We undertook the research with Cambridge Economic Associates.
The evaluation informed the development of Business Connectors, the current BitC programme described as a “powerful network of secondments recruited from business … to tackle social issues in local neighbourhood areas, and in so doing, create a powerful new development experience for talented business people”. This was seen as a business contribution to the Government’s agenda for the Big Society, with a major expansion funded by the Big Lottery Fund. BitC aims to have Business Connectors working in over 200 disadvantaged areas by 2017.
Economic development, Partnerships & organisations