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Projects with European Social Fund

Business Elevator European Social Fund Logo

The Business Elevator project is part- funded by the European Social Fund through the European Union.

The Business Elevator project provides support to small to medium sized local employers and micro businesses and is delivered through a partnership of Birmingham Metropolitan College, Solihull College and University Campus and South and City College Birmingham.

Our aim is to help you take your business to the next level, by providing advice and practical support through bespoke service including:

  • Training services
  • Apprenticeship and recruitment services
  • Business mentoring
  • Networking opportunities
  • Work experience or placements
  • Other support services

We will undertake a comprehensive, no obligation organisation needs analysis to fully understand your business requirements and match you with suitable recruitment and training and services or try to find ways to develop your workforce by designing new programmes or preparing students to work in your industry.

Through our partnership with Solihull College and University Campus and South and City College Birmingham, we will be able to identify the right service for you, whatever your organisational needs. The service is provided free of charge , but you must be a small to medium sized employer or micro business (between 1 and 249 employees), located in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull  area, with a balance sheet of less than £36m and a turnover of less than £42m.

The information you give us will allow us to design future programmes to better prepare students for working in your industry, find you high quality apprenticeship candidates and support your business to maximise its potential.

We will also be able to provide you information about training services, work placements, apprenticeships and other local offers.

Our dedicated Employment Support Advisors will arrange to meet you and guide you through the process of finding the right service for you.

For further information, please contact the Business Development team on 0121 446 4545.


ESF Business Elevator Case Studies

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ESF Business Elevator Case Study November 2020 - Bennett Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd

Bennett Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd is an experienced and established provider of contracted grounds maintenance supplying a comprehensive range of services to both the Public and Private sectors.

Their core business is grounds maintenance, incorporating both hard and soft landscaping, providing a complete, one-stop management solution.  Their aim is to provide a professional service that fulfils their clients’ needs and expectations, whilst delivering top quality work that represents good value for money, delivered within agreed timescales.

Horticulture apprentice

Jack, Horticulture Apprentice

BMet have worked with Bennett Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd through the ESF Business Elevator project, which supports small –to- medium sized local employers and micro businesses in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP area to develop and upskill their workforce, help make their business more competitive and increase productivity. This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund through the European Union



Bennetts have always valued the role of Apprenticeships in developing their workforce and were keen to work with a provider that took the time to understand their needs and help develop a robust process for engaging and recruiting local individuals who have an interest in horticulture, landscaping and maintenance. Through the ESF Business Elevator project, BMet have built a great relationship with Bennetts and have worked closely with them to secure the right candidates for the business.

Horticulture Apprentice

Harry, Horticulture Apprentice

Bennett’s currently have six BMet apprentices  undertaking Horticulture level 2, who started  employment and training  in  2020 and are progressing well.  They all share a common interest in horticulture and want to progress within the business.  Bennett’s goal is to provide sustainable employment with progression routes for their apprentices and BMet are already working with Bennetts to plan next steps.



Bennetts are also working with BMet to develop additional components of the horticulture apprenticeship, to provide additional knowledge and practical skills from other areas within this sector (landscaping, machine maintenance and repairs, etc.) to support their growth in the industry.  Bennetts are very passionate about recruiting more apprentices in the following years to come.

Account Manager (Paul McCalla) –“It has been and continues to be a pleasure to support the team over at Bennetts.  As our relationship continues to develop we look forward to supporting their apprenticeship development for new and existing staff.

“It was clear from the beginning that Bennetts wanted to create a sustainable apprenticeship model that provided more flexibility within the business and one that continues to provide individuals with the opportunities they previously couldn’t acquire”.

MD at Bennetts (Matt Bennett) – “We want to the development of our apprenticeship programme to impact those who didn’t have the opportunity to join this exciting sector.  During these hard times we continue, as a business, to proactively grow and the apprenticeship programme has a major role in that development. Our vision for our current apprentices, in years to come, is to see them train the next generation of apprentices who join Bennetts”.

Key contact – Graham Edwards, Commercial Manager – Bennett Landscapes & Maintenance Ltd