To further support the development of entrepreneurship in our communities the Foundation has established Aldridge Creates – flexible, modern start-up workspaces for young entrepreneurs and members of the community, housed inside schools.

The first Aldridge Creates pilot, Darwen Creates, was established at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, when it moved to a new, state-of-the-art building in September 2010. This success in nurturing young businesses has led to the pilot being rolled-out across more of the academies. The newest addition, Kensington Creates, was established in 2014 and has already supported nearly 50 student and community-run enterprises.

As well as a physical space for businesses, Aldridge Creates plans to provide services and support for young businesses. Linking business and education in such proximity has a powerful effect on communities which have been starved of ambition. But no matter how important these centres are to the students and the community – they cannot rely on funding from ever-shrinking school budgets.

On a visit to the Academy in May 2016 Under Secretary of State for Education Lord Nash said that “Kensington Creates is clearly helping to inspire the students as well as being extremely beneficial to entrepreneurs. The Academy is a clear example of how linking business with education can drive aspiration. It was excellent to hear the students speak so enthusiastically about their school and the opportunities they have.”

AAldridge Createsldridge Creates plans to provide services and support for young businesses, as well as offering them a physical space to work from. Linking business and education in such proximity has a powerful effect on communities which have been starved of ambition. But no matter how important these centres are to the students and the community – they cannot rely on funding from ever-shrinking school budgets.