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Euro Enterprise Evolutions

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The lead body, Breathing Space, works to help the disadvantaged or socially excluded to overcome barriers, to progress in their lives and to re-connect with the world of work, training or education. Round 2 Equal funding gave Breathing Space the opportunity it needed to identify the barriers to self-employment and to work with established partners to create ways of overcoming the barriers. Breathing Space and its partners are well established, know their client base well and are able to make rapid progress in this work.


Euro Enterprise Evolutions is designed to research and test innovative ways of supporting and empowering people from disadvantaged groups in overcoming barriers and starting their own business.


  • The project contains tools and support for those people who feel they cannot even consider self employment because of a lack of reading, writing and maths skills, lack of confidence, fear of risks, dyslexia or disability issues etc.
  • The project has been developing a range of training and one to one support to help clients learn business skills, create a business plan and access opportunities for start up finance.
  • Once clients have set up their business there is further support available from for example, a Business Administration Toolkit, e-business coaching and mentoring support, internet shop creation software and tools to help users fill out forms etc.
  • For business advisors, practitioners and policy makers there are a range of research studies, events, training, toolkits and conferences that the project is developing to share information and lessons learned to a wider audience.

Target groups

  • Women,
  • people with disabilities,
  • BME groups,
  • Ex-offenders,
  • Young people



Round 1 to Round 2

This Development Partnership was not involved in Round One

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Karyn Murray, Breathing Space,


Action 2: 31 December 2007
Action 3: 31 March 2008

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Business creation


Breathing Space and its partners are well established, know their client base well and saw the need for the project to further their core aims. The Equal programme has enabled them to come together to further their joint strategic aims.


BME groups, Ex-offenders, Jobseekers with low basic skills, People from disadvantaged areas (top 10% most deprived wards), People with disabilities, Unemployed, Women
Total beneficiaries: 511

Intended impact/ sustainability

The focus of this DP is to offer a holistic range of solutions to overcoming disadvantage in starting up and sustaining a business. A wide range of these solutions will become embedded within the practice employed by many local regional and national organisations. The test bed will have proved what works.

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Cognitive behaviour therapy will become accepted as the successful route into supporting young offenders into (self) employment by national bodies such as the Youth Offenders Team, Youth Justice Board and Probation Service.


Business advice practitioners will support people from all backgrounds in accessing appropriate business creation opportunities.

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