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Tackling unemployment

Seeing is believing: meet a social entrepreneur

Thursday 29 June 10:30am - 4:00pm

The Employability Trust: 3 Palmer Road, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 2HU

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Book now by contacting Victoria Sutcliffe on 0127 475 0630 or email

About this event

Visit and hear from an inspirational social entrepreneur who is tackling local unemployment issues and creating a lasting change.  A chance to learn about social enterprise, its challenges and opportunities and to think about what it might mean for your Big Local area

Employment and employability is an issue that is affecting many areas across the country. After a long career in the private sector, Bill Marley sought to address this challenge and set up The Employability Trust as a social enterprise aiming to support people back into work. Bill offers local people practical experience, skills building and training through his factory site in Peterlee and has many examples of people getting into work after working with the Employability Trust.

The day will help participants understand the potential of social entrepreneurs to address issues identified in Big Local Plans.

You will have a chance to learn more about the potential of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises and to think about what this might mean for your area.

Who is this for?

It is for people in Big Local areas who want to:

  • Meet a successful social entrepreneur to hear about their journey and what makes them tick.
  • Look under the bonnet – understand the business model, the finances and how they keep going.
  • Learn about the issue they are addressing, and how the venture tackles it.
  • Consider the potential of social enterprise in your area

Further information

Social entrepreneurs are working on high impact, sustainable ventures addressing tough issues that are faced in BigLlocal areas. We know you are trying to tackle similar issues, and we know you want to make those changes last. 

Bill Marley is the founder and Managing Director of The Employability Trust. Come and hear how Bill set-up his social enterprise from scratch several years ago and what he’s done to help the business to thrive. Bill has worked with hundreds of local people, has partnerships and rekationships with many local and regional employers as well as contracts with the likes of the Department for Work and Pensions and JobCentrePlus. The Employability Trust has expanded beyond its original site in Peterlee and, as a scalable model, may even present a feasible option in your Big Local area.

Agenda 29 June

Time Description

Arrival & refreshments


The Employability Trust – background & history

Bill will share his journey from idea through to delivery and growth and explain how picking up nuggets of information along the way helped him to adapt. 


Tour of The Employability Trust       

This will include meeting staff/interns/supporters and volunteers, discussing the employment model and how they are aiming to turn disadvantage into assets.


Networking lunch


Impact of social entrepreneurs in a Big Local area 

Tim Keilty works for New Prospects in Whitley Bay. New Prospects is the locally trusted organisation for Whitley Bay Big Local and also a Star Partner. Through their role as a support partner for UnLtd, Tim has worked with and supported more than a dozen social entrepreneurs in Whitley Bay and will share the difference that social entrepreneurs can make in a Big Local area.




Social entrepreneurship and Big Local

Could this approach help your area continue to develop post year ten?


Final comments and wrap-up



More about this event

The event is free for anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area and we will provide lunch. We also provide financial support for travel, childcare and other care costs to residents in Big Local areas. We can also book and pay for travel in advance. For information on expenses and support, please email or phone 020 3588 0578

If you are attending a Big Local event as part of your paid work/employment then we ask that your employer cover your expenses. However, we can pay or contribute towards worker’s expenses in exceptional circumstances. Please ask when booking for further information.

Interested in participating? Want more information?

This event is being organised for Local Trust by UnLtd. There are a maximum of 25 places available. To ensure as many areas can take part as possible we are initially limiting places to three per area. You can book places for this event on Eventbrite. If you have any questions please contact Victoria Sutcliffe on 01274 750630 or

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