Increase Valorisation Sociale Project

Clarion Futures are part of a multi million pound project to help residents and non-residents kick-start 1,200 new businesses.

We have been chosen as a partner in a new, multi-million pound programme to help residents and non-residents set up their own small businesses.

Interreg France (Channel) England programme aims to fund a number of high quality cooperation projects between France and the UK. Full details of what type of projects are eligible for funding can be found on the Channel manche website.

The project started in February 2018 and will support 900 unemployed people in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Essex.

The programme

The £8.6 million cross-Channel programme, called Increase Valorisation Sociale, will train residents and non-residents how to launch their own businesses, including how to trial and market test business ideas and how to manage their finances.

The programme will operate along the South and East Coasts of England from Cornwall to Norfolk, and the North Coast of France from Brittany to Pas-de-Calais.

Programme aims

4,000 unemployed people will pass through the training over a three year period, creating up to 1,200 new businesses and helping a further 2000 into work.

All of the 38 UK and French neighbourhoods targeted in the project are characterised by above average unemployment.

The project aims to tackle this issue by supporting a sustainable pipeline of small businesses in each area that will benefit local economies and households.

The project will create a number of community ambassador roles and a strong stakeholder’s network in each neighbourhood.

These ambassadors will provide on-going support to micro-entrepreneurs and will continue to engage future participants, ensuring the long lasting legacy of the project.


The project will be co-funded by the Interreg France (Channel) England programme with a European Regional Development Fund contribution of £5.9 million.

Programme partners, training, sponsors

The programme, led by Optivo, is a partnership between nine French and English housing associations and training providers.


Training providers