Good Start for proposed independent Croydon Enterprise and Skills Development Board

18 people attended the first discussion for the proposal to set-up a  Croydon Enterprise and Skills Development Board held  on Friday 9 January.  Over 30 people prior to the meeting expressed strong interest in being involved in such an initiative, although many knew that they could not make the meeting. Charlotte Davies, the convenor, sums up the discussion.

The common themes that came out of the meeting were that:

  • Everyone strongly believed in the need for enterprise and skills education delivered in a partnership between industry and educational organisations.
  • Everyone knew that the basic materials to deliver this education already exist.
  • That good practice can easily be shared on-line.
  • That in practice there are factors which constrain consistent long-term effective delivery of an enterprise skills agenda, but that an effective Board for Croydon ought to be able to speak on behalf of all major interest groups  and use its influence to overcome such constraints.
  • We currently have about 30 very well informed people who are keen to address enterprise skills issues in Croydon. We probably need a Board of 8 to 12 people which represents industry and community groups and has a good spread of relevant skills.

People were asked to consider how we could use all interested parties to form working groups that reported back to the main board and think about what the structure of the organisation might look like; also to consider whether they would be willing to sit on the main board of what will probably be a CIC.

Charlotte suggests a further meeting within the next three weeks to keep up the momentum and to actually deliver results. The education business cycle is such that it is useful to have resources available in May/June so that teachers can start planning for the next September. Therefore, there is a lot to do by Easter in order to get all Croydon schools, colleges, supplementary education providers and voluntary associations to put skills development at the top of their agendas for September 2015.

If you want to be involved please contact Charlotte at

For background see


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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