An ACH employee being interviewed by the press about refugees


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Fuad Mahamed, ACH's CEO, writes a guest blog post for Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, about how to restart an inclusive economic recovery in Bristol post-COVID-19:

'This is no longer just about rhetorical inclusivity but about inclusivity which drives growth, creates jobs and integrates our city, communities and society.

So how can immigrant entrepreneurs reignite Bristol’s economy?
Like key workers from a migrant background, immigrant entrepreneurs play a vital role in our economy.'

ACH CEO Fuad Mahamed appears on The Quarantini Podcast, a refreshing cocktail mix of ingenious and creative responses to Coronavirus together with a dash of the unexpected...

'In this episode we hear from Fuad Mahamad, CEO of ACH, an organisation which supports migrants and refugees. He talks passionately about their entrepreneurial spirit and how with targeted investment, they could be the ones to kickstart the economy as we emerge from lockdown.'

Read Bristol 24/7's article explaining ACH CEO Fuad Mahamed's change-making report on Inclusive Economic Recovery Post-Covid-19:

'Bristol’s full economic revival will only be fully realised if it is inclusive for all, says the boss of a leading social enterprise.

CEO of ACH Fuad Mahamed has set out the vital importance of valuing black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities and businesses in the road to recovery in a new document, pointing out the key role they have taken in keeping the country running during the coronavirus outbreak.'

Bristol 24/7 reports on the news of ACH's AI-powered careers advice program, Bob UK:

'A collaboration between a refugee integration services provider and an innovative tech firm is set to be the catalyst for a step change in access to employment.

ACH has been named as one of the 20 finalists in the CareerTech Challenge after submitting the idea of Bob, an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven careers advice platform, in the prestigious national contest.'

ACH is proud to be recognised as a Living Wage Employer. Read Bristol Post's coverage of the companies in Bristol working to make the city a living wage city:

'Paying the real living wage helps tackle income inequality which leads to improve social indicators like education and mental wellbeing'

Read the Home Office news piece on the innovative pilot scheme, Entrepreneur training pilots, of which ACH is one of four programme delivery partners. 

'ACH will engage with over 100 refugees in Bristol and the West of England. Building on a previous research project, ACH will support refugees new to entrepreneurship; business owners ‘just about managing’ and looking to strengthen their foundations; and ambitious entrepreneurs looking to scale up.'

Our Entrepreneurship Lead, Lydia Samuel, spoke to the Independent about the importance of Barton Hill Settlement to the local community:

'Lydia Samuel has noticed that many entrepreneurs in the Barton Hill area of Bristol are linked by one common theme. “People [in Barton Hill] want to run businesses to help other people,” Samuel says. She is an entrepreneurship facilitator for ACH, a social enterprise resettling refugees through labour markets and social integration in Bristol. “They see a need, whether it be childcare or learning to drive.'' ' 

This BBC Somali Service feature showcased business success stories of migrant people from East African communities settled in the South West, particularly in Bristol, and also highlighted challenges they face. ACH was visited by BBC News Somali and gave our commentary on the piece.


'It’s my job to support refugees to integrate into society, but sometimes I feel so useless when I hear their stories' - Naomi Gill writes a feature for the Guardian 'My Working Week' series about her role as a Support Worker here at ACH.