News release Business leader invited to show enterprise in Leeds

Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise Chief Executive

Unity Enterprise (UE) is seeking a socially conscious individual with proven business acumen and a desire to stimulate entrepreneurial activity in diverse neighbourhoods in Leeds to become its Chair.

A not-for-profit subsidiary of BME housing association Unity Homes and Enterprise, UE was established more than two decades ago to create positive social and economic opportunities for local people, businesses and communities.

It currently provides 142 affordable business units for over 80 diverse businesses across its three centres.

UE recently launched a new bespoke scheme, Steps to Business, to give aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages the platform and professional support to build their own sustainable business.

The new Chair will help spearhead UE’s post-pandemic drive to boost enterprise, nurture business talent and create new jobs with a particular emphasis on people of BME origin.

The successful candidate will also sit on the Unity Homes and Enterprise Board.
Cedric Boston, Unity Homes and Enterprise Chief Executive, said: “We are indebted to Emma Green who has served with great distinction as UE Chair. She retires from the post with our sincere thanks.

“It was hoped that the end of Covid lockdowns and the return of more normal times would lead to a major upturn in entrepreneurial activity. The cost of living crisis has made this more challenging, but we will not be deterred from our mission to help people start up, nurture and grow successful businesses.

“The new Chair of UE will be invited to work with the Board, our fantastic staff and key partners including Leeds City Council to help devise new initiatives such as how to reach more untapped entrepreneurial talent.

“We also want to continue upgrading our three enterprise hubs, including Leeds Media Centre where the Steps to Business programme is based, which offer high quality, affordable offices and workspaces for organisations of all sizes.

“It is a deeply rewarding role and a wonderful opportunity for a successful businessperson to share their wisdom and change people’s lives for the better.”

More information about the post is available on the Unity Homes and Enterprise website.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 5 August.