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East London Business Alliance

ELBA is an alliance of 120 of the biggest corporate names in the UK, determined to help the regeneration of East London. Our companies are national and global players focused on London’s East End. For the past 18 years the alliance has brought to this effort a small army of private sector volunteers. ELBA places over 8,000 such volunteers every year offering pro-bono legal advice, business planning advice, mentoring and other interventions aimed at building the capacity of five hundred local not-for-profit organisations. In recent years we have developed a major effort around the legacy of the Olympics.

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies. It is focussed on the design, construction, leasing and management of grade A office space and high-quality retail and leisure facilities in central London. Over the past 20 years Canary Wharf Group has regenerated derelict wharves into one of the world’s premier business and shopping districts, constructing over 16 m sq ft of office space; more than any other company in London. These buildings are occupied by over 100,000 people.

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG), through programmes such as the East London Business Place has helped to generate over £1 billion worth of business for local companies since 1997.  Over 1,700 local companies have benefited from this milestone figure, delivered through Canary Wharf Group’s business support initiatives and joint ventures.

While much of this business relates to the Group’s developments at Canary Wharf, the economic impact of its activity is widening as it continues to expand its footprint in the City and on the South Bank.

Newham College’s Centre for Innovation and Partnerships (CIPs)

CIPs has been helping people and businesses succeed. Thanks to support from a wide range of funders, including the European Regional Development FundEuropean Social Fund and European Integration Fund, CIPs has supported thousands of businesses and helped tens of thousands of people find – and stay in – employment.

CIPs manage a number of College facilities including the Business Lab in Stratford, the College owned Fashion and Textile Museum (FTM) in London Bridge and the Work Lab at the East Ham campus.

European Regional Development Fund

The ERDF aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by correcting imbalances between its regions. The ERDF focuses its investments on several key priority areas including providing support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The ERDF also gives particular attention to specific territorial characteristics. ERDF action is designed to reduce economic, environmental and social problems in urban areas, with a special focus on sustainable urban development.