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First Ark News

All our latest press releases are available here with links to the key press coverage we have secured.


First Ark takes the Silver

We are pleased to have been awarded the Silver Certificate of Achievement for our commitment to employee wellbeing from Knowsley’s Workplace Health Programme.


Welcome to Our New Apprentices

Here at First Ark we are committed to supporting young people and as a part of this have recently taken on 17 new apprentices in multiple areas across the business, that’s almost 120 in the past 7 years! These recent acquisitions also make First Ark one of the largest apprentice employers in Knowsley.


First Ark Group Chief Executive Appointed

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Leann Hearne as the Chief Executive of the First Ark Group, starting within the next three months. The recruitment follows the previously announced retirement of Bob Taylor from the position.


Interim Chief Executive Appointed

The First Ark Group are pleased to announce that Ian Munro will be joining us as the Interim Chief Executive from 18th June 2018.


We're recruiting a new CEO!

With our current CEO, Bob Taylor, retiring at the end of the year, we have started the process of recruiting a replacement.


First Ark Group Gender Pay Gap Report

The First Ark Group are a significant employer in the Knowsley with over 420 employees delivering services to over 23,000 customers. All organisations with more than 250 employees are required by law to publish details of their gender pay gap – none of the individual parts of our business employee more than 250 people so we are not obliged to comply. But we are voluntarily publishing this information in order to align with our company values – open to demonstrate our commitment to being a fair employer.


First Ark Group CEO Retires

The First Ark Group’s CEO, Bob Taylor is stepping down at the end of 2018 to retire after 14 years in post.


First Ark Social Investment offering £50,000 loans to help social organisations ‘Thrive’

First Ark Social Investment (FASI) has today launched the ‘Thrive Fund’, which will offer unsecured loans of up to £50,000 to social enterprises and charitable organisations, allowing them to grow their organisations and deliver even more social impact to their communities.


First Ark increases its social impact by 100% exceeding £22.5 million in one year

Liverpool City Region based, First Ark, is reporting an impressive year-end result for 2016/17; showing a *100% uplift in its social accounting results, delivering a staggering £22.5 million in social impact value in 2017.


First Ark pave the way for a brighter future for young people

The First Ark Group has partnered with Liverpool University to develop a ‘pre-apprenticeship’ programme that offers young people the opportunity to enhance their skills and abilities within a working environment.