Sophie runs Apprenticemakers, a national network of apprentice employers. She has spent the last 15 years on communications activities that bring together businesses for collaborative success, being instrumental in setting up the network of digital companies in the North East of England and leading the communications and events on national peer to peer mentoring initiative, Get Mentoring. She is passionate about bringing businesses together to share successes and challenges, in order to support knowledge sharing and create networks for the people that run them.
Company Profile: Apprenticemakers is a not for profit activity that currently sits within the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI) group of businesses. It strives to make apprenticeships more accessible to businesses by developing resources, showcasing best practice and providing access to a peer community of apprentice employers.
It’s founded on the belief that both businesses and apprentices can benefit from meaningful employment opportunities that combine work, training and support, and that this also achieves far reaching benefits for wider society and the economy.
At Spark the Change, Sophie will facilitate a panel of business owners, all of whom have successfully supported apprentices in their business, which has led to far reaching and sometimes unexpected benefits for their businesses, the individuals, and the communities in which they operate.
It can just take one person, one decision, one team to create a positive ripple effect that can have far reaching results.
This session brings together a panel of small business owners that have created ripple effects by the decisions they’ve made on their journeys.
Fundamental business activities such as . . .
– Who they recruit
– How they support their team
– What they say about their business
– The causes they choose to champion
. . . have had far reaching results in terms of:
– The ethos of their businesses and the way they’re perceived
– The loyalty of employees and clients
– The impact on individual’s lives
– The social impact of their business on the wider community.
What can we learn from small business owners that are running successful businesses with a social conscience and creating long benefits?
What amazing and disruptive acts can we all do to achieve long term change and create businesses we believe in?