Scheme hoping to get reaction

A People into Enterprise Project (PIEP) is being set up in the Blyth area by Alexis Brown and Jan Cassell.
A People into Enterprise Project (PIEP) is being set up in the Blyth area by Alexis Brown and Jan Cassell.

A SCHEME has been launched which hopes to create enterprising opportunities in Blyth.

Social enterprise organisation reaction has appointed two members of staff to help promote business in the town.

Jan Kassell, a community-based enterprise facilitator, has been working with reaction’s enterprise development worker Alexis Brown, who is based in the Community Enterprise Centre on Blyth’s Quayside.

Since coming together at the end of last year, the pair have met representatives from local businesses and personnel from key agencies, including NEWS (Northumberland Employability & Work Service), SureStart, children’s centres, JobCentre Plus, community centre managers, the Probation Service, and a number of organisations supporting young people.

Jan and Alexis believe their approach to individual needs from within the local community will help more people set up their own businesses or find employment.

At the centre of the service is an Enterprise Panel, made up of 12 local people, who provide advice on a monthly basis to clients.

reaction is also keen to work in partnership with other agencies in Blyth, offering local people the opportunity to develop their enterprising skills.

Delivery of sessions in Blyth began last month at the Briardale Community Centre, and supported by centre manager Jean Bell, who has experience of supporting local residents to develop employability skills and access to work.

Anyone interested in attending a panel briefing or working in partnership with reaction should contact Alexis on (01670) 541551 or 07768 671071 or e-mail

Jan can be contacted on 07768 354050 or e-mail

And the development of collaborative working with reaction will help ensure centre users who may not have considered enterprise as an alternative, or addition to employment, will be given a chance to explore the options open to them.