[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ablaze was delighted to receive a donation this week from Tolvik Consulting. We also hope to work with them in the New Year to develop a sector specific programme to support our mission to improve career aspirations and tackle inequality of opportunity for young people in the West of England region.

A specialist provider of independent, market analysis and commercial advisory services across the waste sector, Tolvik Consulting also have a commitment to young people and sustainability. They have launched their Young Entrepreneur Scheme to lend a helping hand to new or growing businesses in the Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, and Somerset areas.

“We are thrilled to receive a donation from Tolvik to support our work with young people in the South West. Their Young Enterprise Scheme offers a huge opportunity for youngsters with great business ideas who may be lacking in confidence or resources to turn them into reality. We hope to partner with Tolvik next year to inspire young people to think about careers in the environment and waste sector.” Sally Melvin, Ablaze CEO

Through the new scheme, Tolvik will provide eligible young entrepreneurs with an interest-free loan or equity investment together with mentoring support from a Tolvik Director.

“The Directors at Tolvik are passionate about inspiring local young people to enter and succeed in businesses that contribute to sustainability” explains Chris Jonas, a Tolvik Director.

“The aim of the Tolvik Young Entrepreneur Scheme is to assist local start-ups to establish or help an existing business to grow.  Support is focused on businesses with the potential to offer a lower carbon footprint than current alternatives.  Our definition of sustainability is deliberately wide ranging to incorporate new companies clearly operating in the environmental and sustainability sectors.”

The current funding round is open to applications until 26 February 2021, full details can be found here.