Association of Community Based Business Support ACBBA

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ACBBA was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in June 2004. Initially developed through the ESF EQUAL-funded Reflex and SIED partnerships, led by the London Borough of Islington, ACBBA is now a growing and dynamic independent voluntary sector organisation.

Starting from the evidence that communities who have experienced social exclusion are entrepreneurial, ACBBA’s primary business is to assist community organisations develop and sustain business support activities so that they can offer advice and assistance to those who have developed enterprises or who wish to consider enterprise development and self-employment.

ACBBA offers community organisations unique, effective and attractive products, a rich experience which enables a flexible approach, a team of talented and qualified people and the opportunity to develop new networks to assist and sustain business support.

By December 2006 ACBBA’s greatest achievements included 20 of its members becoming SFEDI Accredited Business Advisors, four local authorities engaged, 30 member community organisations spread over six boroughs, a portfolio of over 1,300 business clients and a comprehensive suite of learning resources. It has a powerful unique selling proposition – the Community Based Business Support Model (CBBS).