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, whether through face to face activity or on-line.

Throughout the COVID pandemic ELBA has enabled our business supporters to find creative, ingenious and impactful ways to continue to support local communities, particularly those who have been most hard-pressed. As we move forward, we will focus on the recovery priorities of local people and communities.

Even before the pandemic, the face of London was changing and ELBA’s corporate partners are at the heart of these changes. Each year, ELBA places hundreds of  people into work in London through our award-winning employment programme, delivers over 12,000 business volunteers into the community, and works with over 200 local organisations in east London.

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A massive thank you to the team from @HSBC_UK who helped to repair and clear some of the space at @StepneyCityFarm . Truly making the most of the glorious weather ☀️

Volunteers from @StateStreet at @evergreen_play today getting stuck right in getting the walls and pillars ready to be painted! We’re excited to see the final results! #Volunteering

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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 Gammon Technical Director, Tunnelling and Earth Engineering, CH2M
  • “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 Moore ISS, Recruitment Manager
  • “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 Pearce Head of Business Services EMEA, Macquarie Group
  • “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 Davies Senior Manager at KPMG
  • “As a long-standing supporter of ELBA, 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 OBE Director, London City Airport

Community Testimonials

  • “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 Robinson Head Teacher, Rokeby School
  • “Social enterprises have the potential to re-energise communities and drive social regeneration. Enterprise Mentors from ELBA’s partners and supporting 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 Trimble Chief Executive, Bromley by Bow Centre
  • “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 Harmer Chief Executive, ELATT
  • “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 corporate and other partners. 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 Miah Home 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 Bhatia Career Capital Business Club participant
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