Mercian Multi Academy Trust                                                  —Aldridge Academy                     —Shire Oak Academy                   —Queen Mary’s Grammar             —Queen Mary’s High                    —Walsall Studio School              —Ladder AP School
Apprenticeship Agency             - Project 390                                                                          Vines Restaurants                                                                 Vine Support Services
  The Goldmine Centre                                                             Social Enterprise Zone -Walsall
Ladder Apprenticeship Campaigns                        - Ladder for England                      —Black Country                           —Staffordshire                         —Shropshire                             —Greater Birmingham

Social Enterprises

The Vine Trust has recognised that the employability needs of young people and the commercial needs of business don't always work well together. That's why throughout our 21 years in operation we have developed a number of 'Social Enterprises' which allow us to operate sustainable commercial businesses that engage with local young people. These 'incubators' are an ideal environment to help cultivate employable young people by offering real skills and experience across a range of industries whilst meeting the ever increasing demands of our customers. In a changing economic climate, the role of Social Enterprise is now seen as a major contributor in the provision of services to the local area, and we view our own social businesses as key player in our own community.


Project 390

Apprenticeship Agency

The name 'Project 390' was chosen as IKEA use the term '390' to identify designated stock which is damaged but potentially able to be recovered back to the market place. In the same way, our young people have experienced difficulties and situations which may have left them unemployable , but our ethos is to recover these lives and equip them to enter the market place, in and beyond IKEA stores.

Vines Catering

Social Enterprise Restaurants & Contract Catering
Vines is a Social Enterprise business and operates from a new stylish and contemporary restaurant offering a daily breakfast and lunch service. It also provides contracted food services to local businesses and day nurseries.

Since its inception in 1989, The Vine Trust has operated as a Social Enterprise through its restaurant at our site in Lower Hall Lane. Income generated from this business has helped to provide training and support services to local young people throughout the years. After undergoing a major refurbishment in 2010 through funding received from Advantage West Midlands and Walsall Partnership the restaurant and facilities at Vines have been transformed to offer customers a relaxing and contemporary dining venue.
Vine Support & Property Services