REPC shines with Black Country GOLD funding

Posted on 28 August 2015

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An innovative Black Country social enterprise which supports young people has struck GOLD with some precious business funding – creating three jobs and investing in state of the art equipment.

REPC Ltd, based in West Bromwich, has benefited from a £15,000 match-funded grant from the Black Country Gold scheme which aims to support growth for dynamic Midlands companies.

REPC is a social enterprise that provides a range of IT and communications media initiatives.  They can now reach out to more disenfranchised young people thanks to the funding backed by the European Regional Development Fund and Wolverhampton, Walsall, Dudley, and Sandwell councils

The grant provided assistance through a 50% contribution towards the cost not only of equipment, but also expert business growth consultancy and planning.  REPC has also been able to invest in an updated website and other marketing tools.

REPC Managing Director Bevil Williams said: “It has been a fantastic opportunity to access this funding.  We are extremely committed to not only offering a wide range of cost-effective services to the business community but also to doing as much as we can by supporting young people in our community and helping them up the career ladder”.

“Thanks to the Black Country GOLD grant we have been given a significant helping hand and are excited at the opportunities for growth this brings us and the potential to help even more.”

REPC’s services include:

Computer equipment

  • Redundant or surplus equipment is collected from large organisations, collection and subsequent data wiping and certification is free of charge subject to minimum load sizes
  • 90% of all equipment collected is put back into use
  • The majority of equipment is sold to Housing Associations (REPC has contracts with 11 of these) and some is sold to resellers (by the pallet load)
  • REPC recently provided laptops to a Midlands Probation Service for use by newly released prisoners on a rehabilitation programme to help them gain employment related skills.
  • They also provide networking solutions and they are currently working with a Housing Association under the “Digital Divide Agenda” to provide Internet connectivity, IT hardware and training to disenfranchised tenants who are not connected. They are negotiating a similar project with a Black Country Housing Group to provide networks and hardware to 42 of their community centres.

Mobile Phones

  • They have recently won a contract with a major Intermediary for mobile phone insurers to provide diagnostic and repair services to phones a smart devices returned to them for repair under their insurance contracts.

Training

  • REPC takes under 16 year old pupils on what they call their pre-apprenticeship scheme. Many of the participants are NEET and/or have educational or behavioural problems.  Many of them are (or should be) “statemented”.  These participants are paid for by local council Social Services.
  • REPC has pre-apprenticeship referrals from Walsall, Bexley Kent, Brent, Bromsgrove, Shropshire, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley
  • When participants have completed the pre-apprenticeships they are offered formal Apprenticeships. Most go on to full time employment after completing their Apprenticeship with Repc.

For more information please see www.repcltd.co.uk. You can also follow @repcltd on Twitter or find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepcRecycle

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