An ACH employee being interviewed by the press about refugees


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Holly Fowden, ACH Career & Employment Manager, and James Freeman, First Bus Managing Director, spoke to BBC Radio Bristol about our partnership to get people from the local community into work. You can listen back until 11th June 2019. 

ACH have been featured in the Business West Insight Magazine for our work with First West of England to get the local community into work as bus drivers.

It’s no secret that Bristol is a great city. On top of a thriving food and arts scene, it's got a hugely successful business community to boot. Bristol is a hive of entrepreneurial activity, with businesses from all industries - from finance to tech to manufacturing to retail - making Bristol home.

As well as succeeding financially, many of these businesses are doing great things in the community too. The world has moved on since corporate social responsibility was a tick-box exercise; now it’s integral to business success. It’s not just big corporates getting involved in doing good either. There are plenty of small businesses in Bristol striving to make a difference.

Here some of the organisations in the city doing great things.

Bristol has been praised for its international role in dealing with refugees by the United Nations.

UN Ambassador Mohamed Affey visited the city on Tuesday, April 2, as part of a trip to the UK. as part of his trip he visited ACH at Easton Business Centre.

The dilemma of immigration

ACH Deputy CEO, Richard Thickpenny, was interviewed on by Waqar Rizvi on Indus News about the dilemma of immigration. This included Richard's thoughts on Libyan migrants in Maltese custody and humanitarian groups criticising Europe's "inhumane border policy".

Interview on Indus News 30th March 2019.

The British government is bracing itself for one of the most ambitious and complex migration exercises ever undertaken in the country as European Union nationals scramble to protect their residency rights.

Article in CTGN 29th March 2019.

Opportunities for refugees

Rashiid on his CodeDoor refugee coding placement in Birmingham

Refugees and migrants are being trained as sought-after coding experts to help secure quality careers and address a skills shortage in the West Midlands technology industry.

Article in February/March issue of Birmingham Business magazine. 

As employers face technological skills gap, scholarship scheme educates UK migrants in coding. An innovative programme run in partnership with a regional refugee resettlement service is leveraging new arrivals to the UK as a potential solution to solve the skills gap in the technology industry.

Article in the Voice 25th January 2019. 

A social enterprise is asking firms to ‘rethink refugees’ as part of an ongoing campaign which highlights how refugees can fill skills gaps.

ACH, formerly Ashley Community Housing, was established in 2008 as a social enterprise specialising in the integration of refugees through training and accommodation.

Article on Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce news page.