Social enterprise support programme

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Applications have opened for a new funding, learning and business support programme to help people wanting to start or grow projects tackling social and environmental issues.

The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2018, run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund, is designed to bring together people who want to change things for the better.

Nationally the programme supports organisations at all stages from initial idea through to scale up. This year, School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall (SSE Cornwall) is looking to recruit start-up social entrepreneurs to help them learn how to set up social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations, through a year of learning, mentoring, peer support and a grant.

SSE Cornwall CEO, Sally Heard, explained: “Through our Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme we bring together people who want to change things for the better.

“Since its launch in 2012, the scheme has nationally supported 1,500 social entrepreneurs and will support another 260 people in 2017-18 – one in four of which have direct experience of the social issue they aim to address.”

SSE Cornwall is also continuing to run its popular Engine Room programme. This European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)-funded programme supports pre-start and start-up businesses as well as established organisations registered less than three years. Through Engine Room, SSE Cornwall is offering a new leadership and growth support programme to established organisations to allow social entrepreneurs the scale up to the next stage of development.