Through this experience, both as a disabled entrepreneur and a supporter of other disabled people starting their own businesses, Brendan has created a new social enterprise vehicle called “UKSEABLE”. The UKSEABLE project is intended to provide support to people who have disabilities or long-term health conditions, and who run or aspire to run their own small businesses. It is intended that this network will become a viable and sustainable business in its own right. Through the establishment of a mutual support network for disabled entrepreneurs, a smaller group of entrepreneurs with disabilities or long term health conditions will provide various professional support services to disabled people in business. These individuals will be trained to work as mentors, working one-to-one with people requiring support. They will also provide group training and workshop sessions to entrepreneurs and disabled people in conventional employment.
Award Date: June 2011