Vision in Enterprise (VIE)

The Vision in Enterprise toolkit is now available in

English (word document or pdf document), French, German, Spanish, Greek  and Polish versions are also available, please contact

Latest news !

Watch the video of Maria Kyriacou of EBU (External link) who received the certificate from the Zero Project recognising the EBU job website and ViE project as one of 20 Innovative Practices at the Zero Project Conference on 18 and 19 February in Vienna.

ViE project leader Wai-Man Leung was interviewed on the BBC 4 'In Touch' programme, which focussed on entrepreneurship for visually impaired people and mentioned the ViE Paris conference. Listen to the programme here.

See below the video of a visually impaired entrepreneur from Cyprus, supported by the Pancyprian Organization of the Blind and the ViE project.

The ViE Final conference was held on the 15/16 September, click here for further details.

With the current Europe wide economic downturn and consequent reduction in job vacancies, those normally disadvantaged in the labour market face additional pressures. Blind and partially sighted people face a range of significant barriers, which has resulted in their widespread exclusion from the labour market. These challenges are multiple, stemming from factors such as fragmented educational histories, low confidence/self esteem, and stigmatisation throughout the wider community (RNIB Needs Survey 2001).

For those encountering barriers to entry in the labour market, the solution is often to consider starting their own business or becoming self-employed. Action for Blind People (Action), in partnership with Business Link for London, has developed tailored business support services for this group with funding from the London Development Agency (LDA).

The aim of the Vision in Enterprise project is to take the innovatory programme of support services developed in the LDA funded Enterprise in Sight (EIS) project and build on the innovation achieved:

  • to develop a toolkit and good practice guide for those training business support advisers working with the visually impaired;
  • to enable those supporting blind and visually impaired entrepreneurs both in the UK and across Europe to be trained in support techniques proven to be successful with this vulnerable group;
  • to test and adapt the toolkit for use by mainstream providers of business support to enable them to support the visually impaired and thereby increase the range of support available to this vulnerable group;
  • to disseminate the learning and good practice gained on a pan-European basis to increase the capacity and competences of visually impaired.

EIS was highly successful. The final evaluation report is included with this application.

The project also builds on research undertaken in the successful EQUAL 2 Visage project which both demonstrated the employability and entrepreneurship of visually impaired people in the open labour market, and the need for specialist training and skills for business support staff working with this group.

The project partnership comprises of 6 partners: Action for Blind People (UK), Prevista Limited (UK), The European Blind Union (EBU), The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), The Pancyprian Organization of the Blind (POT, Cyprus), The Foundation Institute for Regional Development (Poland).

Tangible results will be a toolkit of bespoke learning materials, competencies and delivery methods for VET professionals with underpinning materials such as leaflets and reference guides. Intangible outcomes will include improved access to mainstream enterprise development and self-employment support services for the visually impaired resulting from improved training and greater awareness of the needs of this vulnerable group. The main impact of the project will be widespread awareness that the visually impaired can successfully achieve self-employment and develop enterprise given sensitive and appropriate support.

The ViE project is now on the wikipreneurship (External link) site !

See ViE on the Community of Practice on Inclusive Entrepreneurship website (External link) !

Useful links related to the ViE project:

General European Entrepreneurship sites (External link) (External link) (External link) (External link) (External link)

Disability/sight-loss job-related sites (External link) (External link) (External link) (External link)

Sites in FRENCH (External link)
Aide à la création d'entreprises (External link)
L'association Hanploi-CED propose aux entreprises des solutions RH pour les aider à recruter des personnes handicapées. (External link)
L'objectif de ce site est de vous faire connaitre la diversité de nos activités et établissements dans toute la France au service des personnes handicapées (External link)
Emploi, formation, insertion, des personnes handicapées