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 online.

ELBA finds creative, ingenious and impactful ways to support local communities. Each year over 12,000 people from business give back to local communities through ELBA, using their skills, time, ideas and commitment to help in a very wide range of activities. Everything they do is needed in the local community and will have an impact.

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 and beyond.

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🌟 Exciting News! 🌟  ELBA is thrilled to announce Julie Hutchinson as our new CEO! With 20 years at ELBA and roles like Deputy CEO since 2020, Julie’s experience and dynamic leadership will guide us to new heights in reducing poverty and inequality. 

Chris Watson, Chairman of the Board, shared, “Julie’s dynamic, outgoing leadership style and innovative approach are exactly what ELBA needs as we navigate the evolving landscape of corporate purpose and respond to ever-growing levels of community need. Her vision aligns perfectly with our commitment to social impact, and we are confident that under her guidance, ELBA will continue to thrive and reach new heights. We also thank outgoing CEO Ian Parkes for his impactful contributions over the last eight years.”

Julie says, "I am honoured to lead ELBA and eager to steer this incredible organisation into the future. Together, we will continue to deliver meaningful positive impact for our communities."
Putting our knife skills to the test! 🔪🍅 Last week, a group of students studying hospitality at @Newhamcollege were invited to @Fooditude to spend the day with Chef Alex who took them on a tour around the kitchen and gave a knife skills demonstration, teaching them the various techniques of cutting. The learners then finished the day with a wholesome lunch and wise words from the Head Chef.

We are recruiting two proactive individuals to lead team based practical and social volunteering opportunities for partner and non-partner companies in east London. This is an opportunity to showcase your skillset. 

💥 Join Team Challenge today!💥 

👉 For more information and how to apply check here: https://bit.ly/4aYRNUq

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We are recruiting two proactive individuals to lead team based practical and social volunteering opportunities for partner and non-partner companies in east London.

💥 Join Team Challenge today!💥 Apply here: https://bit.ly/4aYRNUq

Time to build raised beds with @ChaucerSynd at Teesdale & Hollybush - this is the second Chaucer team completing the work started. A well deserved lunch break coming soon! 🌱

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Corporate Testimonials

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “ELBA has enabled us to connect in a more sustainable way to the local community in Tower Hamlets and their support has enabled us to really have a lasting effect on the community there.”

    Vanya Howard
    Vanya Howard Corporate Responsibility Manager, Catlin

Community Testimonials

  • Our work with ELBA has supported young people and families for over 3 years, providing them with much needed digital equipment such as laptops and raspberry pi operating systems. Many of the young people that we support also benefit from ELBA’s Christmas Toy Drive. Also with the support of ELBA, we have been able to provide young people with smart phones along with data sim cards, stationary, earphones, travel adaptors and more.

    The Wickers Charity Community Partner
  • Our partnership with ELBA has seen a continuous stream of volunteers from the corporate world who come in on an ad-hoc basis to volunteer with Redbridge Foodbank. The corporate volunteers are an enormous help especially in some of our busiest times, such as Harvest, Christmas and large supermarket donation drive events when we need all hands on deck.

    Redbridge Foodbank Community Partner
  • We are so grateful for all the work ELBA has put into helping us. Teaming us up with professional corporations and their volunteers to paint our building; inviting us on their training program and facilitating the donation of much needed furniture for our space. Having volunteers from corporates bridges the gap, exposes issues facing our boroughs and encourages dialogue and understanding between individuals and groups alike. Everyone we have been in contact with at ELBA has been so friendly and meticulous, making every stage of each process clear and easy to follow. ELBA has inspired and encouraged us to carry on our work for the community as their activities have propelled our programmes for the future. We couldn’t be where we are today without their dedicated work.

    Nurture Academy Community Partner
  • Through our partnership with ELBA, we have received skills development workshops and mentors, virtual 1:1 coaching sessions and tech donations. Through ELBA and its business partners, we have received much needed equipment, including five laptops enabling us to expand our ICT Skills lessons for elderly people who might otherwise feel isolated and digitally excluded. In a world increasingly dominated by digital technology, digital inclusion is imperative. We look forward to our partnership with ELBA and its partners continuing.

    Oldalone UK Community Partner
  • ELBA have played an important role in capacity-building, through our involvement in several of their workshops and training sessions. We were also lucky enough to participate in the ELBA Board Match event in 2023, through which we recruited two fantastic new trustees that have contributed a great deal to the effectiveness of our organisation.

    The Together Project Community Partner
  • We have recently developed a new link with ELBA and have been benefitting from the support on offer to charities in east London. ELBA helped us to find some brilliant staff from Accenture to facilitate a recent staff development day focusing on developing a behaviour framework. This is not something we would have been able to do without the pro bono support and introductions from ELBA. Some of our managers are also currently benefiting from the mentoring programme and have accessed other training sessions. We’re really grateful for the support and range of offers from ELBA that help small charities like us to offer opportunities for learning and development for our staff.

    Headway East London Community Partner
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