Increase Valorisation Sociale (VS) Project

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Optivo to lead multi million pound project to help residents kick-start 1,200 new businesses.Image: Interreg

We have been chosen to be the lead partner in a new, multi-million pound programme to help residents set up their own small businesses.

Interreg France (Channel) England programme aims to fund a number of high quality cooperation projects between France and the UK. Find out more on their website.

Training will start in July 2018 and will support 800 unemployed people in Kent and Sussex.

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The programme

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The £8.6 million cross-Channel programme, called Increase Valorisation Sociale, will 

train residents how to launch their own businesses, including how to trial and market test business ideas and how to manage their finances.

The programme will operate along the South and East Coasts of England from Cornwall to Norfolk, and the North Coast of France from Brittany to Pas-de-Calais.

Programme aims

4,000 unemployed people will pass through the training over a three year period, creating up to 1,200 new businesses and helping a further 2000 into work.

image: Attendees enjoying an Increase VS eventAll of the 38 UK and French neighbourhoods targeted in the project are characterised by above average unemployment.

The project aims to tackle this issue by supporting a sustainable pipeline of small businesses in each area that will benefit local economies and households.

The project will create a number of community ambassador roles and a strong stakeholders network in each neighbourhood.

These ambassadors will provide on-going support to micro-entrepreneurs and will continue to engage future participants, ensuring the long lasting legacy of the project.


The project will be co-funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme with a European Regional Development Fund contribution of £5.9 million.

Programme partners

The programme, led by Optivo, is a partnership between nine French and English housing associations and training providers.

The Increase Project is a brilliant opportunity to take micro-enterprise training to the next level in a super partnership with French and UK housing and training specialist agencies.” - William Miller, Community Development Director

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Training partners:

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Want to find out more?

For more information contact, Clementine Flack, Optivo Project Officer Communication and Networks:

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