The Growth Company’s United for Ukraine event taking place on Fri 24 Feb

Written by The Growth Company

As the war in Ukraine approaches its one-year anniversary on 24 February, refugees who have arrived in the UK continue to need our help – because finding a job and accessing new skills in a different country can be a daunting experience.

That’s why United for Ukraine was formed in April 2022 by a coalition of business leaders and organisations across the north of England – including the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT), with support from the NP11 group of Local Enterprise Partnerships. At the start, it wasn’t clear if it would be needed for a few weeks, months – or longer. 10 months on, the initiative’s services continue to support evacuees coming to our region and are as relevant as ever.

The initiative offers a crucial point of contact through our Ukrainian Key Workers  – who help listen to and support queries from Ukrainian refugees. Their services and employment and education advice is truly making a difference – it’s a vital part in the refugees introduction to the UK.

We’re continuing to work with employers who offer good job opportunities to Ukrainian refugees in a supportive environment – jobs for a minimum of three months which contain salary details and pay at least Real Living wage of £10.90 per hour. The website provides helpful information for refugees and a searchable list of jobs from employers who have committed to providing them.

The refugee crisis created by the conflict hasn’t gone away. We need more employers to support United for Ukraine as we continue to widen our reach across the North into Yorkshire and the North East. To mark the one-year anniversary, we invite you to hear about the initiative’s story so far… it’s achievements, it’s future ambitions, and the challenges we face – and how you and your business can help.

Join the team for introduction webinar on the anniversary itself (11am on Friday 24 February) to United for Ukraine, an update for what has been achieved so far and learn how you can get in involved and help.

You can register here United for Ukraine – one year on… Tickets, Fri, Feb 24, 2023 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite

To find out more about United for Ukraine – and what support and jobs are currently available, visit the website, call 0161 237 4130, or email

Ukrainian refugees can visit the website, call 0161 237 4131, or email