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East Midlands Chamber and Business 2 Business join forces to connect jobseekers with employers in Leicestershire

A new partnership between East Midlands Chamber and Business 2 Business (B2B), a Leicester-based employability company, will aim to boost recruitment across Leicestershire.

The organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding that involves a variety of schemes aimed at supporting employers to get more people into work during and after the pandemic.

These include a collaboration on the Kickstart scheme; skills development of the city and county’s current and future workforce; and joint bidding for future Department of Work & Pensions programmes that help people made redundant during the pandemic to find sustainable employment.

Chamber deputy chief executive Diane Beresford said: “We know many people have unfortunately found themselves out of work due to the economic impact of the pandemic, and it’s imperative we do all we can to support these people to find jobs as soon as possible.

“With more than 4,000 employers in our membership, we’re in a great position to engage with the organisations that can offer these opportunities.

Diane Beresford

“By linking up with B2B, which has an established reputation in giving individuals the support they need to take advantage of job openings, we’ll be able to streamline and accelerate recruitment processes – allowing businesses to expand their business while increasing Leicestershire’s productivity and prosperity.”

Business 2 Business expects East Midlands freeport to create new job opportunities

A long-standing Chamber member, B2B was set up 35 years ago to tackle unemployment and social exclusion. It recognised local people weren’t often able to benefit from jobs in the Leicester economy and has offered the additional support needed, such as upskilling and addressing barriers to employment.

Veejay Patel, managing director of B2B, said: “We get tremendous satisfaction from finding the right candidates for local employers, and watching their businesses grow and prosper.

“Having also supported major East Midlands employers, we’re ready and waiting to help employers of all sizes to make the most of the recent exciting developments in our region, including those arising from the East Midlands freeport.”

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