MENTER works with a wide range of partners/organisations across the East of England and some of the main ones are highlighted below:

BusinessLink East

Business Link is a free business advice and support service, available online and through local advisers. Whether you're starting up, already running a business, or looking to grow and develop, BusinessLink East can help you:Manage your finances

  • Employ people
  • Find and keep customers
  • Pay the correct tax
  • Comply with environmental legislation
  • Trade internationally
  • Understand regulations in your sector
  • Find events and support near you

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre plus aims to provide work for those who can and support for those who can’t by:

  • Helping disadvantaged people into work as a route out of poverty
  • Providing financial support as a safety net for people of working age while they are out of work
  • Addressing inequalities of opportunity
  • Working with employers and our partners to increase employment and reduce unemployment

Jobcentre Plus offers a number of programmes and service to help Jobseekers, unemployed people, particularly long-term unemployed people, people with disabilities and other who may need extra help in finding work.

East of England Development Agency

The East of England Development Agency (EEDA) is the driving force behind sustainable economic growth and regeneration in the East of England.

EEDA's task is to improve the region's economic performance and ensure the East of England remains one of the UK's top performing regions.

EEDA is one of nine English regional development agencies (RDAs).

EEDA has three key roles:

  • Setting and shaping the direction of economic development in the East of England
  • Persuading and influencing others to bring resources together to find innovative ways to solve challenging economic issues
  • Investing in imaginative projects that challenge the norm and will have a significant impact on economic development in the East of England.

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The ACAS mission is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. This is achieved through providing practical support and advice to employers and employees. ACAS tries to help prevent or resolve both large scale and individual disputes by providing a range of services such as conciliation, mediation and arbitration.

MENTER recently met with ACAS to discuss race discrimination in the workplace. In 2007/08, ACAS received 206 cases for conciliation from employment tribunals in the East of England out of a total 5,867   cases received. However, ACAS do provide Equalities and Diversity Training to groups of employers in the region and MENTER is hoping to participate in this training later in the year.

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