Business as usual for charity despite Government cuts

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AN organisation that raises the aspirations of young people says it’s business as usual, despite the government cuts which threatened its existence.

A reduction in management costs within the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Education Business Partnership, as well as cost-cutting on rents, has meant the organisation can carry on for its 15th year.

The EBP works with schools and businesses to provide learning activities that give young people insight into the world of work, help them develop business skills and provide opportunities to gain real-life experience.

Chief executive Cath Longhurst said: ‘Our initial objective was to find ways to cut the costs of our infrastructure and this has been achieved in two ways.

‘We have greatly reduced management costs within the organisation and negotiated to share our office space at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, thereby cutting our overheads.’

Unfortunately redundancies had to be made, with seven posts going in the restructuring.

Cath added: ‘It has been a very difficult and pressured time, but we can now pause, take stock and continue our work for schools, businesses and the young people who will need support and motivation as they become the workforce of the next generation.’