Community businesses are the organisations that put their local area at the very heart of what they do: the restaurants, Pubs, energy companies, bakeries, sports clubs that are run by and for local people (to mention just a few!).
So we’re delighted to announce that applications are open from Thursday 13th July for a new support programme just for them: the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change.
The programme supports the leaders of early-stage community businesses with:
• a fully funded six-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days)
• a grant of up to £10,000
The focus of the programme is to grow community business’ impact by increasing their sales and trading income.
The learning programme runs from January to July 2018 and will support 100 community business leaders across England. They will learn in groups of 10 peers.
The programme is delivered by School for Social Entrepreneurs at eight locations: York, Liverpool, Midlands, Ipswich, London, Hampshire, Devon and Cornwall.
Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Power to Change to support the learning of community business leaders, people who commit themselves to improving their local areas and nurturing local vibrancy. School for Social Entrepreneurs has 20 years’ experience in helping leaders of social change develop the confidence, skills and networks to grow organisations that help people in need and improve communities.”
Mark Gordon, Director of Communications at Power to Change, said: “Community business is all about exploring new ways to help local areas grow and thrive. This is a great opportunity for new entrepreneurs to look at new ways of doing business and doing good.”
The Community Business Trade Up programme is already supporting 30 community business leaders between May and October 2017. It will support 130 leaders in total.
Community businesses from across England can find out more and apply from Thursday 13th July 2017 at: https://www.the-sse.org/community-business