This project is run by the Centre for Entrepreneurship Wales, which is based in Swansea, South west Wales. The project serves the entire Wales and is seeking those who have a heart for building a fair work culture.
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About the Project
Migrant workers in the UK are more susceptible to workplace exploitation and less likely to report incidents due to concerns of losing their job or being subjected to further mistreatment. Our project, "Ending Workplace Exploitation for Migrants", is about tackling unfair treatment, promoting their rights and protecting their dignity. We work closely with community members, provide Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) support to employers, and advocate for systemic change to ensure a fair and inclusive work environment for all.
About the Advisory Panel
We are looking to recruit an advisory panel of 10 people who are passionate individuals willing to inform our work through their lived experiences with exploitation, discrimination and barriers to employment in Wales. The Advisory Panel’s contribution will inform support to the community, influencing efforts for Welsh employers and policy-makers. The principles of engagement with the lived-experience advisory panel are centred around valuing members' contributions, respecting their expertise, and ensuring their voices are integrated into our organisational decision-making processes. We aim to foster an inclusive and collaborative environment that prioritises members' experiences, insights, and recommendations, ultimately leading to more effective and impactful outcomes in our work with migrants and refugees.
Panel Member’s Responsibilities Active Participation:
Formed in 2021, the aim of Bridging the Gap was to tackle obstacles faced by ethnic minority entrepreneurs and community members to starting and growing businesses, as highlighted in research undertaken by the British Business Bank and also evidenced by the Rose Report.
The group was led by TEDx speaker and Inclusion and Diversity award winner Bernie Davies and food entrepreneur Maggie Ogunbanwo, who is also a member of the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board.
Many positive impacts have been seen by the group’s members, including increased business confidence, awards, scaling up and improved financial awareness. Each year, Black History Month has been the ideal opportunity to catch up and reflect on how the support of the Sustainable Scale Up Cluster has impacted on their businesses over the last 12 months. Bridging the Gap’s support, included 1:1 mentoring webinars on finance, entrepreneurship, legalities of setting up a food and drink business, setting up food and drink locations, and visits to major locations to witness innovations in food and drink industry .
See some video interviews below. We look forward to seeing the groups progress from strength to strength.
Goch & Co shares their growth plans
Shares his journey from Fireman to famous chef!
Sharing the joys and challenges of entrepreneurship
Project partner, owner of B Xcellence Magazine and Black Owned Business Platform "The Bomb", Radio Presenter
12 Months On- Reflections and Progress