Clear and proven social value and benefit to the projects delivered by BW3, independently confirmed in the findings of a 2017 research project undertaken by the University of Manchester business school students.
There are now 133 different businesses who are members of BW3.
Newly piloted BW3 programme ‘School of the Year’ generated a range of additional business-led support, helping to raise standards in key subjects and creating the right environment for pupils to aim high.
Founded in 2002, BW3 has been successfully delivering innovative business-led community activities for 16 years.
In addition to up-scaling existing projects, BW3 is also evaluating new initiatives such as an over 50s employment project, and mentoring for workless adults.
Independent research demonstrates that the ‘Aspirational Mentoring’ programme is hugely important, with every £1 of time given by BW3 businesses resulting in £116 of economic investment to the wider UK economy.
The BW3 committee is made up of volunteers from MCC Neighbourhoods, MCC Work & Skills, Manchester Airport Group, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, Cardinal Maritime, Laing O’Rourke, Tempo Marketing, One Advice Group and Nabarro Poole.
“The BW3 Aspirational Mentoring programme has brought a revolution in aspiration” – James Eldon, principal of Manchester Enterprise Academy.
Over 4,000 volunteering hours in support of BW3 initiatives, delivered by local businesses, free of charge.
BW3 has robust monitoring and evaluation tools in place that capture both levels of volunteering time given and the projects and initiatives supported.
100% of primary school children that participated in the Numbers at Work programme said that they had an improved understanding of maths.