Contribute to Ground Breaking Research into Inclusive Entrepreneurship

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Delighted to be collaborating with Dr Paula Holland & Dr Cara Molyneux of Lancaster University to conduct research with entrepreneurs/self-employed/small business owners who are disabled or have long-term health conditions. We are interested in your experiences of setting up and running a business and any barriers you might have faced. We also want to know whether you found government/other sources of guidance and support for business owners helpful.  

If you decide you would like to take part, a member of the study team will ask you to complete a consent form and to take part in an interview which would last up to one hour. The interview will take place in a private setting in your workplace or remotely using Microsoft Teams or Zoom. To enable analysis of the data the interview would be audio-recorded with your permission. In the interview you will be asked about your experiences of working in mainstream employment (if relevant); why you decided to establish your own business; any difficulties or barriers you experienced in doing so; which sources of guidance and support you consulted when setting up your business; and how this guidance and support could be improved. They are particularly interested in finding out whether you would like advice and guidance from government/other sources which is tailored specifically for business owners who are disabled or have a long-term health condition.

The outcome of this research will also inform the enquiry currently being undertaken by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Inclusive Entrepreneurship chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron MP.

Visit the project website for further information:https://inclusiveentrepreneur.wordpress.com/

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Alternatively call or email to ask any questions and to arrange an interview. 

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Telephone: 01524 524483

To find out more about the Inclusive Entrepreneur Network and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Inclusive Entrepreneurship please use the following link:

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Contribute to Ground Breaking Research into Workplace Inclusion for Disabled People

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Delighted to be collaborating with Dr Paula Holland & Dr Cara Molyneux of Lancaster University to conduct research with small and micro-sized employers on their support needs to recruit and retain disabled workers and people with long-term health conditions. We are interested in knowing whether you found government/other sources of guidance and support for business owners helpful in recruiting and retaining disabled workers and people with long-term health conditions.

If you decide you would like to take part, a member of the study team will ask you to complete a consent form and to take part in an interview which would last up to one hour. The interview will take place in a private setting in your workplace or remotely using Microsoft Teams or Zoom. To enable analysis of the data the interview would be audio-recorded with your permission. In the interview you will be asked about your experiences of any difficulties or barriers you experienced in accessing support, advice and guidance to help with recruiting disabled people or people with long-term health conditions; and how this guidance and support could be improved. They are particularly interested in finding out whether you would like advice and guidance from government/other sources which is tailored specifically for small and micro-sized businesses. 

Visit the project website for further information:smeexperience.wordpress.com/

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Alternatively call or email to ask any questions and to arrange an interview. 

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Telephone: 01524 524483

For further information on Work Force retention please visit the following link www.universalinclusion.co.uk/services-workforce-retention-practical-inwork-support

 

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Latest collaboration with Inclusive Entrepreneur James Holt: Creating Music Video to Raise Awareness of Domestic Abuse

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In 2020, Universal Inclusion and Inclusive Entrepreneur Network CEO and Founder Jacqueline Winstanley collaborated with Inclusive Entrepreneur Network member  James Holt on his latest track "One Hand Strikes The Other", which raises awareness about domestic abuse. 

Through this collaboration, Jacqueline was the advisor for the video, providing insights on the treatment of the message. This is another initative that continues the theme of opening up the creative space. Music is a powerful medium which in the hands of a skilled artist touches a deep emotion thorugh the lyrics and melody.

James has just released the video which accompanies the single "One Hand Strikes the Other" in aid of @FortaliceBolton. The single explores an abusive relationship, looking at it from the outside. It shifts the focus from the relationship to the observer - suggesting we all have a duty of care and a responsibility in reducing domestic abuse.

James has worked on the track with two female artists - singer/songwriter Toria Wooff and photographer Debbie Ellis who captured model Liv Moore, depicted on the image.

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Jacqueline Winstanley participates in panel discussion on the launch of OECD Report : The Missing Entrepreneurs 2021

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Not everyone has an equal opportunity to transform their ideas into a #business.

Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA, CEO and Founder of Universal Inclusion and The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network participated in a panel discussion that highlighted the lived experiences of those who face barriers to creating enterprise. Jacqueline stressed the need to include disabled people in future research, and how global governments and policy makers can support and upscale the sector, increasing inclusive economic growth.
The panel discussion was part of the launch of the new report and brought together the views of the European Commission, the #OECD and the Global Entrepreneurship Network. It took took place following the presentation of the main findings and discussion on priorities actions for governments as highlighted in the report.
The launch took place on November 30, 2021 and can be viewed below:

 

 

The Missing Entrepreneurs 2021

 

The Missing Entrepreneurs 2021The Missing Entrepreneurs 2021 is the sixth edition in a series of biennial reports that examine how public policies at national, regional and local levels can support job creation, economic growth and social inclusion by overcoming obstacles to business start-ups and self-employment by people from disadvantaged or under-represented groups in entrepreneurship.

It shows that there are substantial untapped opportunities for entrepreneurship in populations such as women, youth, the unemployed, and immigrants and highlights the need for more differentiated government entrepreneurship policies that respond to the specific barriers they face.

The report includes an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 across these populations of entrepreneurs and the effectiveness of the policy response. It also contains thematic policy chapters on microfinance and leveraging the potential of immigrant entrepreneurs. These chapters present the range of current policy actions in EU and OECD countries and make recommendations for future policy directions.

Finally, the report contains country profiles for each of the 27 EU Member States that identify for each county the major recent trends in entrepreneurship by women, youth, seniors and immigrants, the key policy issues and the recent policy actions.

Download the report here

Click here for the link to the OECD  

Click here for the link to the European Commission (EU)

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Birkbeck CIMR Report on Unlocking the Potential of Disabled Entrepreneurs

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Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA, CEO and Founder of Universal Inclusion and The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network, chaired a Birkbeck CIMR debate on Unlocking the Potential of Disabled Entrepreneurs on Wednesday September 22nd 2021. This debate is part of the Centre for Innovation Management Research CIMR Debates and Workshops in Public Policy series and was held in collaboration with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Inclusive Entrepreneurship. Jacqueline was joined by speakers David Walsh, Dr Eva Kašperová, Beth Kume-Holland and David Halabisky. 

Following is the report issued by Birkbeck CIMR after the debate.

Unlocking the potential of disabled entrepreneurs

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In this panel event, researchers and practitioners in inclusive entrepreneurship came together to explore a co-designed pathway to support disabled entrepreneurs.

In 2020, the disability employment gap increased by 0.7 percentage points, meaning that the employment rate of disabled people is now 28.8% lower than that of people who are not disabled. Yet despite facing additional challenges to enter the job market, disabled people are rarely encouraged to consider self-employment.

In the first of this term’s CIMR Debates and Workshops in Public Policy, academics and practitioners came together to challenge current thinking on the self-employment of disabled people. Panellists called for the government’s Levelling Up agenda to go beyond what is currently available for supporting disabled entrepreneurs and to tackle the issues affecting their successful participation in the ecosystem.

This online event was introduced by Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Inclusive Entrepreneurship and chaired by Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA, Founder and CEO of Universal Inclusion and The Inclusive Entrepreneur Network. Speaking with a stellar panel who are researching and working in the inclusive entrepreneurship space, Jacqueline posed some of the key questions needed to address policy improvement in this area.

What leads disabled people into entrepreneurship?

Dr Eva Kašperová, Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), Aston Business School, with interest in inclusive entrepreneurship and enterprise policy and support, began the discussion by sharing some of the key motivations for disabled entrepreneurs:

  • The prospect of greater autonomy and financial reward
  • Greater flexibility over work tasks, hours and location
  • Recognising a gap in the market, notably for disability-related products or services
  • A desire to make a difference and contribute to society
  • For those who have acquired a disability later in life, as a way of coping with a major life change and channelling feelings of frustration or hopelessness into something positive

Far from being unlikely entrepreneurs, Eva’s research shows that disabled people are more likely to start their own business than non-disabled people and are also more likely to set up a social enterprise.

What are the challenges faced by disabled entrepreneurs?

Jacqueline posed the second question to panellist Beth Kume-Holland, Founder of Patchwork Hub and MOKOM.  Beth represented the Inclusive Entrepreneurship Network and shared its findings in her Ambassador role, also reflecting on her own entrepreneurial journey.

  • Lack of awareness and understanding of accessibility, both physically and virtually
  • Inconsistent support available across the UK
  • Lack of integration of disability and entrepreneurship support
  • The inaccessibility of the mainstream startup space, which often glorifies burnout or focuses on building a business alongside 9-5 work
  • Co-designing all programmes of support (mainstream or disability-specific) with people with lives experience of disability, and recompensing disabled people for their expertise and time, as with all other professions.

Beth praised support networks like the Inclusive Entrepreneur network as a ‘lifeline’ to disabled entrepreneurs and called for policy change to create genuinely inclusive startup and scale-up programmes to effectively support disabled entrepreneurs.

What support is needed for disabled entrepreneurs?

David Walsh, Managing Partner of FlameFlinch Partners LLP, Chairman of Supernotes and Chairman of the Malta Business Network (UK) argued that support for disabled entrepreneurs needs to tackle multiple areas, including mentorship, specific expertise, different KPIs and support extended to co-founders.

Commenting that a lot of business accelerators are generalised in their approach, David called for an elective hub which centres disabled entrepreneurs and attracts people interested in supporting them. He also challenged policymakers to create more innovative solutions for supporters, for example by offering higher tax incentives for supporting entrepreneurs.

What needs to change in current policies affecting these communities?

The panel discussion was concluded by David Halabisky, Economist in the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities. David called for a rethink of the way initiatives are designed, promoted and presented on the web, as the typical image of a young, male entrepreneur in the tech sector persists in many places.

David also suggested that scaling up initiatives in partnership across government, the disabled community and the private sector would ensure that support organisations are equipped to help entrepreneurs. He concluded that for the support system to change, attitudes towards disabled entrepreneurs would likewise need to change.

Co-creating an inclusive future

The panel was followed by a question and answer session that explored these issues further, including how virtual and in-person programmes can be made more accessible and how different groups can collaborate to effect change.

In summing up the session, Jacqueline Winstanley called for a co-designed pathway that combines disability support and entrepreneurship training, ideally sitting in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and not the Department for Work and Pensions. Equitable access to finance and measuring of success that looks beyond turnover were also key takeaways from the event.

In closing, Jacqueline encouraged delegates to watch the Inclusive Entrepreneur showreel, which offers ‘a taste of the future if we can co-design and collaborate’.

We would like to thank everyone who attended this event for helping move forward the discussion on inclusive entrepreneurship.

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