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.

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Corporate Testimonials

  • “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 OBE Director, London City Airport
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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

Community Testimonials

  • We held the joint Hope Family Centre & Barking Foodbank Christmas party on 22nd December and more than 250 people, including our clients, their children, their families and friends attended. It was hugely successful. It would have be impossible to put a smile on so many faces without ELBA’s support. The work you do linking corporates with small charities who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity is just phenomenal!

    Funmi Ikele Barking Foodbank
  • “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 Trimble Chief Executive, Bromley by Bow Centre
  • “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
  • “The contact with my mentor has been great in that it is personalised and very high level. I trust that he understands the issues I am talking about and their importance, in the context of our wider organisational priorities. This is hard to replicate with training courses or group activities, because it has been so well targeted to our needs at a particular point.”

    Catriona Maclay
    Catriona Maclay Director, Hackney Pirates
  • “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 Miah Home Start Newham
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