Impact Hub Bradford: Journey in inclusive innovation

Impact Hub Bradford is addressing the needs of marginalised communities through their many initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion innovation. Participants leave their programmes equipped with the tools and networks necessary for sustainable growth and success, demonstrating Impact Hub Bradford’s dedication to making a lasting impact in their community.

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In the vibrant city of Bradford, Impact Hub Bradford has been quietly making waves, addressing the needs of underserved communities and promoting inclusive innovation. With its commitment to diversity and social impact, they have become a key player in the city’s economic strategy.

 

Impact Hub Bradford underscores the importance of diversity in entrepreneurial endeavours, particularly those with a focus on social impact. The hub’s approach revolves around creating opportunities and benefits for women, young people, and people of colour. 

The Phoenix Fund: bridging gaps during challenging times

One notable initiative is ‘The Phoenix Fund,’ where Impact Hub Bradford serves as the delivery development partner for The Phoenix Way for Yorkshire and Humber. This national collaborative partnership, born out of the COVID-19 pandemic, addresses structural inequalities faced by Black and racially minoritized communities in accessing grant funding in the UK. The programme aims to strengthen organisations, facilitate community engagement, and increase visibility, offering tailored support and funding opportunities.

 

Local Access Programme: building resilience and social innovation

In collaboration with Access and Big Society Capital, Impact Hub Bradford leads a consortium that secured £6.6 million in funding for the ‘Local Access Bradford District’ initiative. This programme, born out of extensive consultation and codesign, focuses on social innovation, offering a blended investment approach. The goal by 2030 is to establish an inclusive investment ecosystem, a support network for social enterprises, and position Bradford as a hub for social innovation and enterprise.

RESTART: post-recovery empowerment

Developed in partnership with the Racial Equality Network, the ‘RESTART’ programme targets BAME (Black, Asian & minority ethnic) organisations in the VCSE (Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise) sector, providing health checks, advice, support, capacity building, and workshops. With a holistic approach covering various aspects, RESTART aims to empower these organisations to create jobs, build resilience, and increase income generation.

 

The 35: nurturing minority-led organisations

Impact Hub Bradford introduces ‘The 35,’ a two-day programme dedicated to nurturing not-for-private-profit organisations led by ethnic minority communities. In collaboration with CABAD and the Leeds Community Foundation, the programme offers coaching, training, and network development, addressing challenges related to funding, governance, and decision-making exclusion.

Empowering participants for future success

Impact Hub Bradford envisions participants leaving these programmes with a clear understanding of funders’ expectations, governance choices for their organisations, a refined vision, and an action plan. The focus is on building a strengthened network and creating awareness of potential supporters, ensuring each organisation is ready for funding and poised for sustainable growth. By prioritising diversity and nurturing a culture of inclusivity in its initiatives, Impact Hub Bradford exemplifies its commitment to creating a lasting impact in their communities.

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