A consultancy specialising in improving business outcomes through diversity and inclusion, has been selected from almost 25,000 UK-wide applicants for a £25,000 grant.
Watch This Sp_ce provides intersectional diversity and inclusion training to improve happiness and productivity in the workplace by affecting long-term, structural change to businesses. They have been awarded the £25,000 Business Boost grant from B Corp certified small business insurance broker Simply Business to help the business grow and recover from the continued impact of the pandemic.
Watch This Sp_ce was founded in the first lockdown and since then have been on a mission to reimagine, and repair the world of work. They provide consultancy, training, mentoring, coaching, and content creation services to existing business and under-represented entrepreneurs looking to start and build businesses.
Their no-nonsense approach to training has seen the consultancy go from strength to strength helping the organisations they work with move forwards to increase both workplace happiness and profits.
The money from the grant will go towards making their content more accessible, expanding onto digital platforms and developing an app to reach more people with ongoing training.
As the UK emerges from nearly two years under the spectre of the pandemic, research from Simply Business found that small business owners expect to lose £22,461 each on average as a direct result of the pandemic – with 81% of owners believing they haven’t had enough support from government. Furthermore, more than one in three (37%) SME owners were unable to access any government schemes or grants, while the total estimated cost of Covid-19 for UK small businesses sits at a staggering £126.6bn.
The winner was chosen from a shortlist by a panel of judges consisting of:
Piers Linney, CEO of Moblox and Dragons’ Den dragon
Carina Lepore, The Apprentice UK winner and founder of Dough Artisan Bakehouse
Tony Robinson OBE, author and vocal champion of the self-employed
Merlie Calvert, founder and CEO of Farillio
Larissa Cooper, winner of Business Boost 2020 and Creative Director and owner of Rowan Bay
Alan Thomas, UK CEO of Simply Business
Rugby legend, and former Wales and British & Irish Lions captain, Gareth Thomas is also on board as an official ambassador for the campaign.