Prison entrepreneurship: ‘Giving a little bit of belief goes a long way’

The Guardian Small Business Network covers our ongoing Prison Entrepreneurship Course, taking place at HMP Ranby.

On the back of the report, the Centre for Entrepreneurs has won £120,000 of government funds to run an enterprise course at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire, one of six reform prisons named under the government’s prison reform programme. The course is due to start on 7 February and around 35 prisoners have been recruited so far.

There are other UK entrepreneurship courses for prisoners and ex-prisoners, such as those offered by Enterprise Exchange and Startup. So, what makes the centre’s programme unique? Maximilian Yoshioka, lead researcher at the centre and the report’s author, says: “It’s a question of context rather than content […] our programme is being funded via a specialised government grant and is taking place in one of the six early adopter reform prisons. The results of our programme will not only be of value in themselves, but will help determine whether similar programmes are considered in prisons across the country.”

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