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About Beanstalk Business Centre

A personal message from our Director, Kerry, about why she founded Beanstalk!

Beanstalk Business Support CIC has been a personal dream of mine for many years, and I am incredibly proud (and humbled) that it has finally come true. Every event and experience in my life has led me to Beanstalk.

As a teenage mum, I faced many challenges. At 16 years old, I was still in school when my son was born. This left me without qualifications or skills for employment, and I relied on state benefits while living in social housing. Being a vulnerable lone parent without family support led to a range of mental health issues, including intense social isolation and loneliness. As my mental health deteriorated, it became increasingly difficult to envision a better future for myself and my son.

However, a turning point came when I came across a project for young mums that offered a work placement programme and access to college education. Not only did I have the opportunity to gain an education and work experience, but they also funded a nursery place for my son. I was assigned a job coach named Joyce Boreham, and with her support, encouragement, and empathy, I completed the work placement programme, obtained a business administration qualification, and developed the skills and confidence necessary for permanent employment and a meaningful career.

This experience changed my life and paved a new path for me. Without the support from Joyce, I may not have reached where I am today. I have dedicated my life to being that person for others, empowering them to improve their life chances. With over 25 years of professional experience supporting people towards employment, overseeing work placements, apprenticeships, and funded projects for Myerscough College, Preston Vocational Centre, and Community Gateway Association, I am committed to breaking down barriers to employment one step at a time. Beanstalk is my way of providing projects that offer wrap-around pastoral support, work experience, understanding, and encouragement.

Having experienced the transformative power of support myself, I am thankful every day for the opportunity that was given to me. If it weren’t for the support of my job coach, Joyce, and access to the project, I’m not sure where my son and I would be today. The impact of these projects is immeasurable, as they help change the lives of so many people for the better. Beanstalk is dedicated to making a difference to as many people as possible, just as my job coach did for me. I dedicate Beanstalk to Joyce with love and thanks.



We are thrilled to have won the Start-Up Social Enterprise of the Year 2022 award by SELNET Enterprise in Society! Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. This award recognises our dedication to making a positive impact in Lancashire and beyond. We are grateful for the recognition and inspired to continue empowering individuals, supporting businesses, and driving sustainable growth in our community. Thank you to SELNET for this honour and to everyone who has supported us along the way. Together, we are building a better future.

A Word From the Founder

Beanstalk aims to make a difference, benefit society, and positively impact communities. We know that sustainable employment is crucial for communities and individuals. Our priority is to create meaningful employment opportunities. We work with businesses to provide essential jobs and help individuals become the best candidates for these roles

At 16, I couldn’t see a future until my job coach believed in me. At Beanstalk, we believe in the transformative power of work programmes for everyone.

Kerry Stevens

We give our best​

We are committed

We are open and honest

We are genuine

We welcome new ideas

We embrace diversity

We are stronger together

We build community

We celebrate success

We empower you

Building strong communities by working together with empowered people and successful businesses to make a positive and lasting impact.
Through empowering individuals, supporting business growth, encouraging collaboration, and promoting sustainability, we will create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and share success
Our values, vision, and mission are at the heart of everything we do. These core principles guide our decision-making process and help us to stay true to our purpose and goals.
meet the team

Team Beanstalk

Here at Beanstalk, we never have a dull day! Our diverse and talented team works together to promote a welcoming, fun, and inspiring environment for everyone. With projects as interesting as our team, we are always on our toes with something new and exciting. Beanstalk is a vibrant workplace with a friendly face at every turn.

Kerry Stevens

Founding Director

Kerry is super organised, and she lives by her to-do list. Bringing order from chaos is what she does best.

Favourite quote:  “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

Fun fact:  Kerry once completed a marathon on roller boots.

Cameron Karri

Non-Executive Director (Marketing and Technology)

Cameron is ambitious, passionate, and full of exciting ideas, and he never stops thinking and creating.  

Favourite quote:  “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

Fun fact:  Cameron once missed the finish line in a race and kept running for another half a mile.

Chris Webb

Non-Executive Director (Governance)

Loraine Campbell

Non-Executive Director (Employment and Skills)

Ve Bennett

Employment and Skills Mentor

Ve is passionate about helping others, always going the extra mile.  A little crazy, very chatty, and thinks outside the box.

Favourite quote:  “It is what it is.

Fun fact:  Ve jumps out of her skin at the slightest thing – even if she know it’s going to happen!

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