We met Phil back in May 2021, where he started his journey with us at a real low point in his life. He’d not long been released from prison and had lost his job as a picker for Amazon due to his conviction. He was feeling very lost, and worried about what would be next for him – without a fixed wage, he was worried he might return to a life of crime to get him by.

Our Business Start Up Team made contact with Phil, where we chatted through his current situation and the idea he had around starting up a business. He’d always wanted to be his own boss, but never had the know how to go for it. After a chat with a dedicated Business Start Up Advisor, Phil felt ready to take the plunge.

We’ve supported Phil to produce a business plan, a website, to get his business registered, and even source some clients. Phil’s niche is “end of tenancy” decorating, and has now secured a contract with a local estate agent for all of their rental properties.


Mark first made contact with RSE whilst still in custody. He had big ideas for starting a business, and a lot of passion to do so.

He’d filled out one of our workbooks, telling us that he’d like to start up his own removals company and he had a very detailed plan of how he’d get this going. He needed our help with the digital side of business, a website, help with understanding social media platforms, understanding how he could make sales online. We sent him some content to have a read up on whilst in custody, and would pick up on this once he was released and had access to the internet.

Once Mark was released, he had a call from the Business Start Up Team and made really good progress in his first session. It was soon made clear that in order for Mark's plans to go ahead he would need a van. Vans cost money and Mark was in no situation to take out a loan, nor was he eligible for any of the loans or grants that we support with. Instead, we looked at other options to support his long term self-employment goals. We looked into traditional employment and Mark decided that actually he would like to give it a go working for someone else, save up some money, and then start his own business.

We supported Mark in writing up a CV and a covering letter, and he was successful in gaining employment. His plans for starting his own removals company are still on the agenda, but for now he’s working to save up for his own van and gaining some invaluable experience along the way. We’re very much looking forward to following Marks journey, and continuing support once he’s ready to launch a business of his own.

"RIFT were polite, approachable, professional and understanding at all times. The calls were informative and relaxed which was excellent".
HMP Guys Marsh

"I was told everything I need to know and knowing I have the support there that I need gives me the confidence I need to get my own business started as soon as I get released and have my licence"
Resident at HMP Stafford

“The tax refund will ease certain pressures on me in prison so I no longer need to rely on family and will help me on release as well.”
resident at hmp winchester

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