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Willmott Dixon supports £1.6m programme to tackle homelessness

Saturday, 17 July 2010 @ 01:00
Willmott Dixon is providing support and advice to help young entrepreneurs win a share of £1.6 million on offer from Spark to develop ideas for preventing and combating homelessness.
This is the first year that people with business ideas will receive support from the private sector to assist their investment pitch. The money will go to the very best ideas for providing training, skills development, employment and independent living opportunities to tackle homelessness and will assist in setting up the follow-up businesses for successful applicants.
Willmott Dixon’s pre-construction director in the Midlands, Nick Gibb, said, “Our involvement is about engaging with young business people and providing them with a chance to get exposure to some very important commercial disciplines.
“Spark interested us because the benefit is three-fold; we are supporting young people at the start of their careers, we help develop ideas to combat homelessness, and it is great experience for us to be involved.”
Gibb said the 20 people from Willmott Dixon would be split into two teams to introduce an element of internal competition as they help two different social enterprises prepare to pitch for the money.
John Montague, Founder of Spark said, “Spark is much more than a competition or a grant application. It is a cross-sector collaboration that brings together leading organisations and social enterprises from the public, private and third sector to work together to build sustainable solutions to homelessness. We are immensely pleased to welcome Willmott Dixon to the partnership.”
The finalists will be announced on Wednesday 1st September 2010
For further information, please contact:
Andrew Geldard, Group Communications, Willmott Dixon.
Tel: (01462) 671852
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