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Unlocking Potential: How jobcentres are driving small enterprise progress 

Unlocking Potential: How jobcentres are driving small enterprise progress 


Today is Small Business Saturday. A day to have a good time the 1000’s of companies and entrepreneurs throughout the nation who’re the spine of our economic system.

We use small companies on a regular basis. Whether it’s your native coffee store, hairdresser, or household bakery, they’re the beating coronary heart of our excessive streets and an enormous a part of our economic system. Nearly 10 million folks throughout the UK work in firms with fewer than 50 staff. And standing behind these organisations is our community of over 630 Jobcentres.

This week I visited Arapina Bakery, a small enterprise in South London, which has instantly benefited from the help our Jobcentres supply. The native Employment Adviser, Liam instructed me about his work with the bakery proprietor, Michaela, to determine their enterprise wants and implement a bespoke marketing strategy. Through this partnership, the native Jobcentre helped Michaela to recruit 5 new members of employees which helped the enterprise develop. The baked items have been wonderful and we spoke about how, with out a lot time to spare from the day job, Liam helped to pick, sift and recruit employees.

This is only one of some ways native Jobcentres might help small enterprise homeowners. Employer Advisors work with native companies to supply job alternatives and promote these vacancies to work prepared jobseekers.

Whether serving to draft job adverts, navigating the hiring course of, or tapping into the native labour market and upskilling jobseekers, DWP Jobcentres are right here to assist at each stage of the recruitment journey.  Offering somebody an opportunity can actually change a life and Jobcentres can work with you to assist develop your crew.

At this time of yr, small companies actually do shine. It’s so essential we again the companies in our native communities who contribute a lot to our vibrant, festive excessive streets and city centres.

I really respect the dedication, adaptability and sheer resilience wanted to reach enterprise. As the brand new Minister for Employment, I’m delighted to be advocating for small companies on the coronary heart of presidency, highlighting their worth and making certain they’ve the help they want.

Collaboration between small companies and local Jobcentres is a recipe for fulfillment. Small enterprises achieve entry to a help community that understands their distinctive challenges and a pool of motivated, native jobseekers. But this partnership is about extra than simply filling vacancies; it’s a partnership that helps companies and communities develop collectively.

This small enterprise Saturday, I urge entrepreneurs and small enterprise homeowners to discover the array of DWP providers on supply, to faucet into the experience of employment advisors in Jobcentres and uncover the wealth of alternatives that include investing in native expertise.


Jo Churchill MP

Churchill MP, Minister for Employment and was appointed on 13 November 2023.

She was beforehand Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip) between 7 September 2022 and 13 November 2023. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State on the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs between 17 September 2021 and 6 July 2022. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State on the Department of Health and Social Care from 26 July 2019 to 16 September 2021. Before that, she was Assistant Government Whip from 9 January 2018 to 26 July 2019.

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