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CREATE + - Creating Equal Access to Enterprise

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The aim of the CREATE development partnership was to encourage people from disadvantaged groups to consider self-employment, using structured business formats (SBFs) such as franchising, licensing and agency distribution agreements as business models.


The objectives were:
  • To encourage the development of ethical franchise networks and structured business formats (SBFs).

  • To increase the number and range of viable franchise networks and social enterprises in target groups through the successful exploitation of social format franchising.

  • To identify precise needs of target groups to ensure communication methods and service developments are effective and efficient.

  • To increase awareness of franchising and other SBFs to individuals wanting to start in business.

  • To empower individuals from target groups to start viable businesses within SBFs.

  • To ensure results and opportunities delivered by CREATE and transnational partners were maximised by all stakeholders and disseminated to all potential beneficiaries.

This Development Partnership was led by Exemplas Ltd and located in Hertfordshire. It was based on the understanding and knowledge that individuals could experience a wide range of barriers that could stop them starting a business or franchise. It was recognised that a number of pitfalls could be avoided by taking the right information and advice. CREATE aimed to raise awareness of the issues to address when starting a franchise and provide the tools that can give the best chance of running a successful business.



Transnational partnerships


Robert Looker, Hertfordshire Business Centre Services,

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  • Each partner has learnt about each other’s target groups.
  • Developed accredited training provision with standards for advisors, together with a bespoke national and regional SBF information and advice service.
  • Established a new regional development infrastructure and bespoke collaborative models of working, by developing a Social Enterprise growth service.
  • Developed web-based resources to improve target groups access to enterprise
  • Established a method of access to low cost SBF’s for disadvantaged groups.

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