On Friday 26th January EBP South expanded to join forces with Basingstoke Consortium and now operates within all of Hampshire, Isle of Wight and surrounding areas. The expansion comes as EBP South celebrate their 20th year.
Dawn Baxendale, EBP South Chair of the Board said 'I am pleased to announce that EBP South has joined forces with Basingstoke Consortium. Both organisations will be overseen and managed by CEO, Cath Longhurst and one board of trustees.
EBP South began as the Education Business Partnership for Portsmouth & South-East Hampshire in 1997, since then their mission which is still at the core of the organisation is, ‘To inspire and prepare young people for the world of work’.
In 2015 EBP South extended their services to schools in Southampton and New Forest following the collapse of Solent Education Business Partnership and became EBP South.
The company has gone from strength to strength since 1997. They started off in Portsmouth City Council with 7 members of staff and now have 43 staff with their Head Offices in Lakeside North Harbour.
In 2016/17 EBP South alone worked with 17,061 young people. Now they have joined with Basingstoke Consortium their reach and impact across Hampshire will dramatically increase.
Cath Longhurst EBP South and Basingstoke Consortium CEO said ‘This is great news for us as we celebrate 20 years and for the young people (aged 4 – 18) and businesses across Hampshire.
EBP South provides a range of career services, programmes and events for young people that have become increasingly essential for young people to develop employability skills; and raise their aspirations.
If you or your business would like to find out how they can support young people’s future pipeline contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EBP South and Basingstoke Consortium are in the process of a potential a merger pending final due diligence. If the merger goes ahead this should be complete by Christmas.
Cath Longhurst, CEO of EBP South said:-
‘This merger will bring two already closely associated charities together, enabling us to be more cost-effective and bringing together the expertise and strengths from both. With current economic changes, it is more important than ever that young people at school have opportunities to experience the world of work and to find out about the ever changing career opportunities. We are looking forward to working closely with Basingstoke schools and businesses and other important partners and hope to reassure them all that it is business as usual.’
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