We are part of Shaw Trust, one of the largest charities in the UK.
We make it personal, putting care into developing and progressing careers benefiting individuals and workforces.
We work in partnership, not in competition, and are part of Shaw Trust’s eco-system of purpose-led organisations striving for a fairer, more equal society, centred on opportunity for all.
A future where good, meaningful, rewarding, purposeful and dignified employment is accessible to all in society irrespective of life circumstances.
To focus our experience, skills, advocacy and passion to deliver the highest quality services for the people we support and to improve opportunities and access to work now and for the long term.
To co-create and deliver high quality employability programmes and complementary services for people with complex needs, challenging life circumstances or other barriers that impact on access to work.
Ixion are part of Shaw Trust, one of the largest charities in the UK and together we believe in fairness, equality and opportunity. We believe everyone has the right to live a decent and dignified life and have the opportunity for rewarding work. As a social purpose organisation, we challenge inequality and break down barriers to enable social mobility. Shaw Trust has grown through a combination of organic growth, mergers and acquisitions to be the UK’s largest Not-for-Profit (NFP) social enterprise in the employment sector.
For all of us across Shaw Trust, being part of the solution is about creating the conditions for this to happen, advocating and delivering services that make a real difference. Working in partnership not competition, we are part of an eco-system of purpose-led organisations, striving for a fairer, more equal society centred on opportunity for all.
Together with the Education and Skills Funding Agency, European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund we bring opportunities for individuals to start work and progress their careers, and support employers with bespoke training solutions.
We continue to meet and exceed the expectations of our learners.
Anglia Ruskin University sold its sole ownership of Ixion to the UK Charity, Shaw Trust.
We achieved a Grade 1 Outstanding result at our Ofsted 2017 full inspection.
In 2017 we yet again were awarded ‘One to Watch’ from Best Companies from the Sunday Times list with over 80% of staff responding.
We pass the Matrix Quality Assessment with great feedback.
in 2017 won the New Enterprise Contracts (NEA 2) for all of London and also wins the South East of England contracts too (Co-financed contracts with DWP & European Union Social Fund)
Ixion in 2016 does a Joint Venture with Shaw Trust to merge their Skills Divisions (STAR Skills Ltd)
Ixion wins DWP employability contract and expands to Yorkshire for the first time.
We pass the Provider Assurance Test (PAT).
The Provider Assurance Team (PAT) reviews systems of internal control that Contracted Employment Provision (CEP) providers have in place.
Win Big Lottery contract to support those furthest from the job market into training, education volunteering and work.
Ixion won £30m of HMPPS (MoJ) reducing re-offending contracts covering all of the West Midlands and also South East England & the Thames Valley.
Ixion win DWP / Job Centre Plus New Enterprise Allowance (NEA 1) Contracts covering all of London
Ixion took on a major Community Work Placement sub-contract in June 2014 across London, working for G4S (as part of DWP contracts)
In August 2013 Ixion changed its legal corporate structure that retained its Not for Profit position but in such a way that 100% of its profits are gift aided to its parent that is a Charity, Anglia Ruskin University. This allows for Ixion to now access funding and parental guarantee support for winning even larger Government contracts.
In Jan 2012 Ixion becomes a prime contractor with the NHS in Cheshire (NW England) to help with returning veterans.
Late 2011 Ixion wins a Regional Growth Fund bid in the NE England, County Durham and Ixion also becomes preferred bidder for an NHS contract in NW England.
In August 2011 Ixion won 3 major DWP/JCP contracts for the New Enterprise Allowance across 3 contracts. One in South London, one in Essex and one in East Anglia (Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk). The focus is getting unemployed clients to help with their own business start-ups and volunteer mentoring support.
In June 2011 Ixion won 3 major sub-contracts from primes on the DWP Single Work Programme in London East, London West and Thames Valley, Hampshire & Isle of Wight. Also we are on Primes framework as a specialist provider in the East of England, Yorks & Humber and also in NW England. Subsequently Ixion has been awarded another Single Work Programme contract with another Prime in Newbury and High Wycombe.
In 2010 Ixion succesfully got on to the DWP Work Programme framework as part of Paragon Concord Intl Ltd consoritum, with 5 other companies, Twin, Penna, Pinnacle, Acton Training College and Community Systems.
Ixion won a substantial European Framework 7 contract for research innovation funding with a consortium of private sector companies in 2010.
30th April 2010 Ixion Holdings Ltd acquired the £4m p.a. organisation, Computer Gym (UK) Ltd and was re-named Ixion CG Ltd and has an enviable track track of front line delivery in the areas of Employability, Welfare to Work and Reducing Re-offending. Ixion CG Ltd operates as a seperate legal entity but will form part of the growing group of Ixion Holdings Ltd companies.
In December 2009 EEIDB Ltd then pitched for and successfully re-won the 3 year contract from EEDA of what had become a £20m tender for Business Link Services in the East of England.
Furthermore, in December 2009 EEIDB Ltd pitched for and won from EEDA for the UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) and also the Inward Investment contracts in the region that started on 1 April 2010.
In 2004, a decision was made to set up a commercially focused business division, i.e. Marketing and Events, Technologies and Environmental. As a result of this, Essex Business Support set up Ixion Business Limited (formerly The Service Brokerage Limited), to operate outside its traditional operating area in Essex. Ixion Business Limited achieved its first success in late 2004 by winning a £1.2 million, 2 year contract for Investors in People services in London, in partnership with Exemplas Limited.
Business Link for Essex Holdings Limited had been formed as the ultimate parent company of the emerging group. This company was later renamed Ixion Holdings Limited (IXION) to conform to the subsequent requirements of the BL brand changes.
We are rated as a ‘Grade 1’ Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ provider of skills and education, which is the highest accolade given following an inspection from Ofsted. We care about each and every one of our learners and want to see them fulfill their potential, progress and meet their individual goals.
Our staff are highly skilled, well-qualified and experienced in what they do and are able to provide personalised solutions for individual learners and employers we work with.