A city region of around 3m people like Leeds would require a network of around 75 coaches to provide access to person centred coaching support for everyone that really wanted it.
- It would engage about 45 000 people in the process of providing direct hands on assistance to their peers.
- It would provide direct assistance to about 16500 beneficiaries a year, the vast majority of whom would make significant progress in their personal journeys as a result of benefiting from a coaching rather than a coercive approach.
- I would anticipate at least 750 sustainable business starts from this cohort every year. I would envisage business survival rates around the 90% rate after 3 years.
- It would make a very real difference to the perceptions of some 20 000 people a year about the extent to which they feel that they ‘belong to’ and ‘feel supported’ in their community.
- In addition to traditional ‘enterprise’ outputs I would expect substantial impacts on health and well-being as well as increases in volunteering, cultural productivity, mental health, fitness and so forth.
- It would help to integrate the dual priorities of economy and community rather than treating them as separate and often incompatible determinants.
- Within 3-7 years I would expect it to have made a sustained and measurable difference to the enterprise culture in the city region.
And it would cost about £3.75 million a year.
For the price of a very rich wo/man’s house we could become A City of Enterprise