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  1. PRIMEPresentation to London Employment and Skills Policy Network ~ Peter Bennie Director of Development peter.bennie@prime.org.ukwww.prime.org.ukwww.primebusinessclub.com prime

  2. PRIMEEstablished in 1999 as an Initiative ofHRH The Prince of Wales prime

  3. prime PRIMEThe only national organisation dedicated to promoting 50+ self-employment and enterprise Originally a wholly owned subsidiary of Age Concern England CORE CLIENT GROUP Over 50s who are unemployed or under threat of redundancy

  4. AGENDA prime • Impact of ageing population • Why self-employment can be a good option • The PRIME Programme, supporting Welfare to Work initiatives

  5. Demographic Change prime • Life expectancy in Britain increased by about 30 years in the 20th century. • In 1950 a 65 year-old man could expect on average to live until 76. Today he can expect to live until 85. • The number of people over age 50 is expected to rise from 19.8 million in 2005 to 24.5 million in 2020, an increase of 23.5%. • (The Age and Employment Network, January 2007)

  6. Impact on the Workforce prime Over next 20 years, through demographic change and postponed State Pensions: extra 3.23m people aged 50+ in UK workforce proportion of workforce that is 50+ grows from 25% to 33% London 50+ workforce grows by 560,000 (59%) – highest of any UK region Work Programme period, growth of 155,000 (16%)

  7. Benefits: Personal - control, flexibility, sustainability Economic - additional jobs, retains skills Financial Independence (higher earnings) Health and social benefits Realisation of an ambition Self-Employment for Older Workers prime

  8. Self-Employment for Older Workers prime Around 1-in-5 of working over-50s is self-employed, and increasing Business survival rates are better than for younger people • They research and plan more thoroughly, have more experience and a ‘get it right first time’ approach

  9. Tailored interventions taking account of: Health conditions and caring responsibilities Conditioning/institutionalisation Lack of enterprise awareness or business idea Reluctance to engage with youth initiatives Framework recognising higher initial cost and time to establish sustainable business What’s needed for the 50+ prime

  10. prime What does PRIME do? Raise Awareness of the Self-Employment option Inspire and Stimulate Interest in Self-Employment Inform, Support, Motivate Train, Mentor and Advise

  11. PRIME ‘Client Journey’ 2011 prime

  12. PRIME ‘Client Journey’ 2011 prime

  13. DWP: self-employment an ‘eligible job outcome’ DWP ESF ‘Flexible Routeways’ Flexible New Deal Work Programme (London, MAXIMUS and CDG) Opportunities to support other initiatives Supporting Welfare to Work initiatives prime

  14. Contacting PRIMEwww.prime.org.uk Call: 0800 783 1904 Email: info@prime.org.uk or peter.bennie@prime.org.uk prime