Welcome to ELBA
We are a leading business charity founded in east London in 1989. Our business members and community partners are at the forefront of tackling issues of social mobility and community wellbeing.
Education
Every young person deserves a good start to their working life, and to have the opportunity for a second chance if they need it. Our business members are uniquely placed to work with young people in schools, colleges and universities and in the workplace to help them make the most of their potential and overcome any barriers they may face.
Employment
A good job and career are the foundations of economic, community and personal wellbeing. We develop and deliver innovative programmes to make sure all people from all backgrounds get access to work and that they are well prepared to secure good jobs and can go on and make successful careers.
Community
Our business members invest their expertise, ingenuity and employee volunteers to help make communities which are pleasant places to live, with strong networks of effective community organisations.
Team Challenges
Practical volunteering is delivered through our Challenge:ELBA programme, providing a great team building opportunity for a group of employees with hands-on activities of real value out in the community.

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East London Business Alliance builds the connection between businesses and local communities, bringing the time, skills and resources of the private sector, to help build the capacity of local organisations, support young people in education and place people into employment in London. ELBA makes community investment easier, more effective and more rewarding. The face of London is changing and ELBA’s 100+ corporate partners are at the heart of these changes. In the last year, ELBA helped place over 700 people into work in London through its award-winning employment programme, delivered over 16,000 business volunteers into the community, and worked with over 500 local organisations in east London. Join us.

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Corporate Partners

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Corporate Testimonials

  • “Thank you for a very enjoyable day spent with volunteers, ELBA team, and the staff and students at Rokeby School. I thought the content of the day and my fellow presenter was excellent. ELBA's contribution to each session was also excellent and underlined key attributes and competencies that we, as employers, would be seeking from the students and to which we referred in our own presentations. I'd like to say a huge thanks to the school for the hospitality they provided. I was delighted to find three students keen to stay on after school hours to listen to a re-run of my presentation, which their schedule had not otherwise enabled them to attend.   They asked some very good questions and added greatly to my enjoyment of the whole day.”

    Jonathan Gammon
    Jonathan GammonTechnical Director, Tunnelling and Earth Engineering, CH2M
  • “Through ELBA, we recently invited a client to join us on a volunteering activity, to great effect. Not only did we all emerge feeling rewarded having used our skills and experience to help develop others, but working together in such a different environment also improved our understanding of each other and strengthened our relationship.”

    Aled Davies
    Aled DaviesSenior Manager at KPMG
  • “The BIG Alliance employment team has played an integral role in Macquarie’s successful support of the London Borough of Islington. Working across our business, the employment team have identified areas where Macquarie and its suppliers can offer employment and employability opportunities to local groups and individuals, connecting with the Islington community in a simple and effective way.”

    Chris Pearce
    Chris PearceHead of Business Services EMEA, Macquarie Group
  • “As a long-standing ELBA member, London City Airport has been keen to engage with ELBA to deliver our shared vision for local recruitment. The Airport employs 70% of its 2000 staff from the East London Boroughs and working in partnership with ELBA and the Local Authorities, we aim to increase this further. Local employees should benefit from living close to many international businesses and London City Airport is proud to work closely with the ELBA Employment Team and Newham Workplace to deliver the Take off into Work training programme for unemployed Newham residents.”

    Richard Gooding OBE
    Richard Gooding OBEDirector, London City Airport
  • “We look for individuals that are passionate about customer service and can demonstrate and understand our values. In addition, a proven background and excellent personal presentation for client facing roles is essential. If candidates can show that they really have researched and want to work for our organisation there is a fantastic career path waiting for them.”

    Vicki Moore
    Vicki MooreISS, Recruitment Manager

Community Testimonials

  • “I am enormously grateful to ELBA for the ongoing contribution they make to ELATT. Through their excellent brokerage we have made vital links with city firms that have had an immediate impact on the lives of the people we help. Our learners develop interview skills at workshops with Linklaters and UBS and develop the confidence to move into paid work; our apprenticeships secure positions at Morgan Stanley – job opportunities with real prospects. ELBA’s support helps us raise expectation and aspiration.”

    Anthony Harmer
    Anthony HarmerChief Executive, ELATT
  • “Social enterprises have the potential to re-energise communities and drive social regeneration. Enterprise Mentors from ELBA’s member companies help our aspiring social entrepreneurs to gain skills, knowledge and understanding to take forward their ideas and become catalysts for community transformation.”

    Rob Trimble
    Rob TrimbleChief Executive, Bromley by Bow Centre
  • “For the end of year Christmas Party, we have been able to give the children toys donated through ELBA’s Toy Appeal. Many of the children would normally go without, and we would not have been able to provide such wonderful presents if it were not for the hard work of the ELBA team and the generous support from their member companies. The toys have always been of such high quality and of an educational value. Many of the parents thank us, as they truly appreciate their worth.”

    Shadna Miah
    Shadna MiahHome Start Newham
  • “The Career Capital Business Club run by ELBA is fantastic, particularly if you’re interested in a career in Investment Banking. I am currently working in the City as an Investment Banking intern, which would not have been possible if I had not taken the time to apply for the business club scheme and made a point of networking with professionals in a variety of areas within an Investment Bank. I would strongly recommend the programme to undergraduates irrespective of whether or not you know what career path you are looking to pursue.”

    Julian Bhatia
    Julian BhatiaCareer Capital Business Club participant
  • “Our partnership with ELBA creates practical, real life activities which motivate our students to work hard and achieve great grades. When a group of students recently visited Morgan Stanley, not only was this the first time they had been to a company, it was also the first time they had gone to Canary Wharf. They were truly inspired and have been pestering me ever since to see if we can repeat the visit.”

    Charlotte Robinson
    Charlotte RobinsonHead Teacher, Rokeby School
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