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BizFizz in action

The BizFizz approach was developed jointly by nef and the Civic Trust in 2001 to provide business support to people in communities experiencing economic disadvantage, and to challenge the misconception that there is a lack of entrepreneurs and enterprising ideas in these communities.  During the period 2002 to 2006, we piloted the approach in 13 communities across England and supported over 1,000 clients.

The approach was piloted in 4 communities for two years from April 2001 – March 2003 with the support of the Small Business Services Phoenix Development Fund in:

  • Easington and Horden, County Durham
  • Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
  • Thetford, Norfolk
  • Tuxford, Nottinghamshire

Following on from the success of the piloting of the BizFizz approach over the previous two years, in June 2004, 8 new BizFizz projects started in the communities of:

  • Alnwick, Northumberland
  • Craghead, County Durham
  • Winsford, Cheshire
  • Toxteth, Liverpool
  • Clowne, Derbyshire
  • Belgrave Heartlands, Leicester
  • West of Norwich (Bowthorpe, Larkman, Marlpit, Earlham)
  • Ocean Estate, East London

In 2005, a new project started in:

  • Weardale, County Durham

The diversity of project areas for this second programme reflects our particular interest in testing the robustness of the model from rural, coastal and market towns, to former mining areas, and the cultural diversity of the UK’s inner cities.

Since 2005 we have added projects in:

  • Burslem, Stoke
  • Port Glasgow, Inverclyde
  • Hastings, Sussex
  • South Normanton, Nottinghamshire
  • Shirebrook, Nottinghamshire
  • Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Hucknall and Kirby, Ashfield, Nottinghamshire
  • Holmewood and Quadrant, Bradford
  • Horton Grange, Bradford
  • Keighley, Airedale, Bradford
  • Shipley, Airedale, Bradford
  • Warsop, Nottinghamshire
  • Northfield, Mansfield Woodhouse, Nottinghamshire
  • Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich
  • Mile Cross, Norwich
  • Lakenham, Norwich
  • Wansbeck, Northumberland
  • Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
  • Caldmore, Walsall
  • Allerton, Bradford
  • Bradford Rural

nef developed BizFizz in partnership with the Civic Trust in 2001.  nef continues to develop and support the implementation of the approach in partnership with communities across the UK.