News EBP South Announces Expansion On Friday 26th January EBP South expanded to join forces with Basingstoke Consortium and now operates within all of Hampshire, Isle of Wight and surrounding areas. The expansion comes as EBP South celebrate their 20th year. Dawn Baxendale, EBP South Chair of the Board said 'I am pleased to announce that EBP South has joined forces with Basingstoke Consortium. Both organisations will be overseen and managed by CEO, Cath Longhurst and one board of trustees. The expansion will allow the organisations to share the support of services to provide economy of scale. EBP South and Basingstoke Consortium will retain their names and their identities whilst collaboratively working to provide more opportunities. The board welcome the change that will build on the success of both organisations and their work to improve young people's futures across Hampshire.' EBP South began as the Education Business Partnership for Portsmouth & South-East Hampshire in 1997, since then their mission which is still at the core of the organisation is, ‘To inspire and prepare young people for the world of work’. In 2015 EBP South extended their services to schools in Southampton and New Forest following the collapse of Solent Education Business Partnership and became EBP South. The company has gone from strength to strength since 1997. They started off in Portsmouth City Council with 7 members of staff and now have 43 staff with their Head Offices in Lakeside North Harbour. In 2016/17 EBP South alone worked with 17,061 young people. Now they have joined with Basingstoke Consortium their reach and impact across Hampshire will dramatically increase. Cath Longhurst EBP South and Basingstoke Consortium CEO said ‘This is great news for us as we celebrate 20 years and for the young people (aged 4 – 18) and businesses across Hampshire. We were already working with 3500+ businesses that provided over 78,887+ volunteer hours. Having a one-point of contact for businesses to support their future pipeline of talent will open up the opportunities for young people.’ EBP South provides a range of career services, programmes and events for young people that have become increasingly essential for young people to develop employability skills; and raise their aspirations. If you or your business would like to find out how they can support young people’s future pipeline contact [email protected].