Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South to Merge by Christmas

Basingstoke Consortium and EBP South to Merge by Christmas

8 November 2017

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has just received this news and we are delighted to hear that the valuable work being carried out by our Partners in the two Education Business Partnerships will be able to continue.

Mark Baulch, Head of Policy and Representation and main contact for Basingstoke Consortium said ‘We look forward to continued working with them on various projects to assist students across Hampshire’.


Education charity Basingstoke Consortium is delighted to announce that their valued work with young people in Basingstoke will continue.  The Consortium is in the process of undertaking a merger with EBP South and pending final due diligence, the merger should be complete by Christmas.

Both charities are ‘education business partnerships’ committed to bridging the gap between school and work. The merger will enable more opportunities for young people, schools and businesses across a wider area.

Mike Rushworth, Chair of Basingstoke Consortium Trustees said:-
‘We are delighted to announce this merger agreement. EBP South is a well-respected charity carrying out very similar work to Basingstoke Consortium, preparing and inspiring young people for the world of work. The merger will enable both charities to thrive and to develop this important work with schools and businesses across Hampshire.’

Cath Longhurst, CEO of EBP South said:-
‘This merger will bring two already closely associated charities together, enabling us to be more cost-effective and bringing together the expertise and strengths from both. With current economic changes, it is more important than ever that young people at school have opportunities to experience the world of work and to find out about the ever changing career opportunities. We are looking forward to working closely with Basingstoke schools and businesses and other important partners and hope to reassure them all that it is business as usual.’

The planned merger will mean that all the work carried out by Basingstoke Consortium, covering work experience, careers guidance, employer volunteering and support to local schools will continue with the opportunity to grow and develop over the coming years.

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