Diversifying the workforce and providing career opportunities.


Evolve was established to create social value by supporting individuals facing barriers to employment and career development.


At the same time, the programme also provides a practical solution for companies operating across a range of sectors which face labour market challenges. By widening and diversifying the talent pool for our client businesses, we are helping to fill their talent gaps.

We identify and support candidates by offering stable employment with SBFM as a starting point. Alongside this, we also provide training and development plans to prepare them for potential roles within our client companies, known as Evolve Partners.

How does our Impact Partner
network work?

We actively identify candidates by working closely with like-minded organisations that care about supporting disadvantaged groups such as ex-offenders, care leavers, ex-services personnel, the long-term unemployed, refugees, disabled people and those experiencing homelessness.

Since launching Evolve, we have developed strong partnerships with several Impact Partners, including the New Futures Network, Ingeus and Shaw Trust.

We also have a strong connection within the prison sector through partnerships with the Timpson Foundation. Our Group CEO, Colin Shute, is the Yorkshire region chair for the Timpson Foundation. Together, we work with local prisons such as HMP Wealston to identify prisoners who are seeking to build a career when released.

The programme, launched in summer 2023, is already delivering results. Our client, PureGym, has taken on several ex-offenders and care leavers working as cleaners at their sites, offering them free training to become personal trainers through their PT Academy.

It is partnerships such as these which allow the Evolve program to find, nurture and train talent that otherwise may have been left behind.

Case Studies

Jess Tile - Prison Employment Lead

Diane Lewis - Governing Governer