July 18, 2019

On June 20th Fresh Start held a well-attended symposium at the House of Commons, sponsored by our local MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Neil Coyle, with a number of other MPs or their PAs in attendance. Representatives from Refugee organisations, such as Refugee A...

July 15, 2019

The Fresh Start programme celebrated the success of participants at our award ceremony in London South Bank University on 23rd May. Nora Ponton, a London entrepreneur with an international background and a member of our advisory board, introduced the event and offered...

March 19, 2019

Through ongoing participatory action research, we have captured the learning resulting from the first year of the project and we will be sharing it with all our Fresh Start project collaborators and all the other projects funded by the Entrepreneurial capacity building...

February 13, 2019

We have done this by developing a culture of mutual shared learning and co-creation of knowledge where participants have contributed to the shaping of the programmes. This has been an essential component of Fresh Start.


While London’s target group was a mixture of sett...

November 30, 2018

Both  the London and Maastricht Fresh Start programmes  ended the first year with a celebration for partners and for the successful participants. ‘Inspiring’ and  ‘motivational’ were the main comments heard at these events.

The Fresh Start teams  in all 3 coun...

January 12, 2018

With the help of our partners we have been busy recruiting a wide range of migrant participants from a diverse group of countries and backgrounds,including Latin America, Africa, the Middle East.

Interest has been high so far among migrant entrepreneurs and there are pl...

December 20, 2017

The Fresh Start project offers us all, participants and project leaders alike, an opportunity to learn from each other and build our expertise and understanding. Good relationships are the key  to effective learning and pave the way for new pathways to develop.

At the L...

November 30, 2017

The Fresh Start teams have already learnt so much from our partnerships with local NGOs and municipalities. This not to say that there have been no challenges and obstacles but we intend to learn from them for the future. Many of these obstacles have been bureaucratic,...

November 15, 2017

It is never too late for a Fresh Start!

We are now recruiting applicants for this exciting programme. Opportunities are available for migrant entrepreneurs to shape ideas and put them into practice.With the help of partners from local NGOs, the Fresh Start teams in Bel...

November 1, 2017

There are many positive stories of successful migrant entrepreneurs and these provide positive role models for newcomers. Successful, settled entrepreneurs can also provide mentorship and encouragement – this is something that we are building into the Fresh Start progr...

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