account3 Ltd is a UK based leading innovator and reputable training and development solutions social enterprise founded in 1991. The primary business is finding solutions to social issues and problems which hinder the economic development of local people, particularly in East London. The company operates a one-stop shop approach to providing advice, support, resources and education to local people.
The company was established in culturally rich and diverse Bethnal Green, an area of East London which is home to socially and economically excluded minority groups from Bangladesh, Somaliland, Eastern Europe and West Africa. From the onset, account3's overall driver was gender equality and economic equity for women with particular reference to women facing multiple disadvantages. However, in 2009, and in response to a thorough client evaluation and review, the company's overall remit and service provision was extended to both men and women with the proviso that women-only provision will continue where there is a valid reason within the legal framework.
Over the last 20 years, account3 has worked with over 15,000 local people; and partnered with 50 local companies to deliver various ERDF, ESF training programmes; Train to Gain contracts; Learning and Skills Council projects as well as local authorities funded programmes.
The company is a pioneer and award winning service provider in the areas of Enterprise Development, Employability, and Vocational training, and has consistently maintained its examination bodies' accreditations, service specific quality standards and the Investors In People Award. In 2007, account3 was selected by Government Office for London as the Best Objective 2 Project for Equality for its Enterprise Development project, which overachieved and supported 300 local people to develop or grow their small businesses.
account3's services now transcend its initial community development scope into areas of Academic Research, Capacity Building, the development of multi-dimensional social enterprises, International events management and other commercial activities often through a collaborative partnership approach.
account3's partnership work spans several countries and various spheres of activity:
- Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan - Research on Community Cohesion and Social Enterprise; Visits and Lecture tours (1995 - date).
- Government of Trinidad and Tobago - A partnership to promote Women's enterprise growth in the Caribbean culminating in the first International Conference, Enabling Enterprise in 2006
- St Vincent - Childcare training
- SEWA Development Nigeria - Civic Duties and Responsibility programmes (2001 - date)