Social Mobility Business Partnership 2018 completed

350 students visit ITV as part of 2018’s Social Mobility Business Partnership

Celebrating its fifth year and continuing on its path of impressive growth, now providing over 500 student places across the UK, The Social Mobility Business Partnership took place in July-August this year.

SMBP, the volunteer led charity, brings together over 100 professional services firms, commercial organisations and professional sports teams committed to supporting students from low income backgrounds in their pursuit of a career, in particular, as a legal or finance professional. These organisations and businesses collaborate to deliver week-long work insight programmes as well as frequent career coaching for students

ITV’s insight programme took place in between Tuesday 31st  July – Friday 3rd August. Around 350 students visited a number of our ITV offices, including Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London. Colleagues from our Legal, Finance, Commercial, Corporate Responsibility and HR departments, to name a few, volunteering their time to deliver working sessions and meet students for Q&As.

Chris Pressley, Director of Programme Governance and Operations at ITV, who volunteered in London, said:

The students all had really high ambitions for themselves, which in itself was really encouraging and uplifting and they were interested in what we had to say and very grateful for the opportunity to speak to us. All in all it was a brilliant afternoon.  You couldn’t help but come away from it feeling more than a little elated and glad to have volunteered your time on it.”

Barry Matthews, ITV Director of Legal and Third Party Sales and Social Mobility Business Partnership CEO said:

I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved in our first year as a registered charity; growing from providing 20 places in London in 2014 focussing on law in business to 500 across nine towns and cities in 2018 giving students experience of the worlds of law, accountancy and business in one place. We are all great believers in collaboration and the promotion of fairness in society. The SMBP is evidence of the power of partnerships.”

You can have a look at what happened through the week on this link

And if you would like find out more about the programme, visit