First Ark Social Investment offering £50,000 loans to help social organisations ‘Thrive’
First Ark Social Investment (FASI) has today launched the ‘Thrive Fund’, which will offer unsecured loans of up to £50,000 to social enterprises and charitable organisations, allowing them to grow their organisations and deliver even more social impact to their communities.Read more
First Ark increases its social impact by 100% exceeding £22.5 million in one year
Liverpool City Region based, First Ark, is reporting an impressive year-end result for 2016/17; showing a *100% uplift in its social accounting results, delivering a staggering £22.5 million in social impact value in 2017.Read more
First Ark pave the way for a brighter future for young people
The First Ark Group has partnered with Liverpool University to develop a ‘pre-apprenticeship’ programme that offers young people the opportunity to enhance their skills and abilities within a working environment.Read more
First Ark spread Christmas Cheer throughout Knowsley with a special hamper delivery
First Ark Group has delivered some Christmas cheer to Knowsley residents who are facing a tough festive period.Read more
King George V M&S Energy
Please vote for us in the M and S Energy Community Fund project and help us make a ‘brighter’ future for the King George V Sports Centre (KGV).Read more
Pre Apprenticeship Programme 2017
One Ark are working in partnership with The University of Liverpool and Knowsley Community College to launch a new pre-apprenticeship scheme. Beginning in February and running for 6 months, the pre-apprenticeship scheme is open to all applicants aged between 16-17 and who have, or are expect to achieve, GCSE Grades D-F in Maths and English.Read more
One Ark’s Win a Salon winner is revealed as ‘All About Hair’
Shirley Allan, with her hair and beauty salon, ‘All About Hair’, has been named as the lucky winner of our first Win a Salon competition. The prize includes a rent-free year in fully fitted out premises, situated in Knowsley Housing Trust’s (KHT) new development at Bluebell Park in Huyton.Read more
Social Experiment......pitch for support!
Young Entrepreneurs encourage new businesses to pitch for success.Read more
Curtain up for One Ark’s Win a Shop winner as it opens for business
Prescot Shopping Centre’s revival took a two-step in the right direction this weekend [4th April 2015] as local entrepreneur Cathryn O’Grady opened the doors of her eagerly awaited new business, The Dance Shop.Read more
Young entrepreneurs shake up North West business networking with new event and start-up funding competition
Two young entrepreneurs who were tired of stuffy and suited business brunches have collaborated to host an event with a difference; a networking session for North West business people aged under 30, complete with masterclasses from successful companies and the chance to win start-up funding on the day.Read more
Seventeen year old entrepreneur launches recruitment agency to help other youngsters land dream jobs
Most 17 year olds are either in further education or making their first steps into the world of work as a junior member of staff or apprentice. However, one entrepreneurial minded youngster from Knowsley is avoiding these traditional career paths and jumping straight in at the deep end by launching her own ethical recruitment business to pair other creative young people with growing businesses looking for fledgling local talent.Read more
Youth Employment Tackled with TalentMatch LCR
One Ark, is partnering with TalentMatch LCR, a Big Lottery funded initiative which has invested £6.6 million into the region to provide unique mentoring and employment opportunities for young people who may be struggling to secure work.Read more
One Ark - One Year on......
One Ark celebrates 12 months of achievement alongside its one year anniversary, and has undertaken an analysis of key projects to measure long-term sustainability in terms of wellbeing and economic impact.Read more
Win A Shop 2 - Winner Revealed!
After a tough competition process and some excellent entries the winner of the 'Win A Shop 2' competition has been announced!Read more
One Ark's innovative approach to collaborating for success makes the news...Read more
Free Online Training As Part Of Get Online WeekRead more
Residents Get the Green Light to Go Online
The homes of residents in four high rise apartment blocks in Kirkby will be supplied with free-of-charge WiFi access thanks to a pioneering new initiative delivered by One Ark, part of the First Ark Group, and its partners including the ITS Technology GroupRead more
Knowsley Teen Wins Place on Global Programme
Seventeen year old Knowsley resident Robyn Dooley has secured a place on the World Merit Programme, Merit Next – giving her the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to travel around the world engaging with world leaders and debating global social issues. Robyn was chosen for her work in the community, including launching a campaign to increase youth awareness of politics in the area. As part of the scheme Robyn will travel to New York, London and Washington and take part in ‘apprentice’ style challenges and group work around global and local social challengesRead more
Win A Shop Winner Announced!
A new furniture shop will be opening in Prescot Shopping Centre thanks to a local charity’s campaign to support entrepreneurship. Late last year One Ark, part of the First Ark Group, launched a competition to support a local retailer by providing a unit rent-free for a yearRead more
One Ark Brings A World Of Opportunity To One Ark
Knowsley investment charity One Ark is supporting residents to take part in a global programme that helps young people develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills.Read more
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