Bath and North East Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Do you have an enterprising idea to improve communities in Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES)?  Or are you a more established social enterprise looking to increase your impact and trading income?

We’re offering practical learning, a grant, coaching and a supportive network for start-up or more established social enterprises (a business that trades for a social purpose). It’s free and it’s mostly online.

We’re looking for people living or working in BaNES, benefiting the BaNES community.

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Key benefits

Start Up level Accelerator level
  • Turn your idea into a business
  • 4 month intensive entrepreneurship programme (11 contact days) focused on leadership and business development
  • Up to £5,000 Match Trading grant
  • 1-2-1 coaching sessions
  • A community of other people starting up projects in BaNES to regularly meet online, gain support and work through challenges together
  • Increase your impact and income from trading
  • 4 month intensive entrepreneurship programme (11 contact days) focused on leadership and business development
  • Up to £15,000 Match Trading grant
  • 1-2-1 coaching sessions
  • A community of other business leaders at a similar stage in BaNES to regularly meet online, gain support and work through challenges together

Bath and North East Somerset Social Entrepreneurs Programme is led by the School for Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with the West of England Combined Authority and 3SG.  It is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Is this right for me?

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the programme:

Start Up

  • Your project or idea is less than two years old.
  • You and most of your clients, customers or beneficiaries are based in BaNES.
  • You are looking to set up an organisation with a social purpose.
  • You have a plan to either start trading or increase trading in the next six months.

Accelerator

  • Your project or organisation is over two years old and has been trading for at least one year.
  • You and most of your clients, customers or beneficiaries are based in BaNES.
  • You are looking to grow the impact and income from trading of your social impact organisation/social enterprise/social venture in the next six months.

How to apply

Read these guidance notes for full details:

Complete an application form:

Start Up application form

Accelerator application form

Deadline: 1pm, Monday 7th February 2022

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion and accessibility

We recognise that discrimination of all sorts infiltrates every part of our society, and we are working hard to counter that wherever we find it. To that end, we actively encourage applications from people of all faiths, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, economic circumstances and backgrounds, as well as those from disabled communities. No educational qualifications are needed to join our programmes.

If you require adjustments, including financial support, to take part in the recruitment process or to participate in the programme due to a disability, neurodiversity, caring responsibilities or any other reason, you will be able to provide details in the application form or contact us by phone or email to discuss further.

If  you need any of the information about this programme in another format, please let us know [email protected] or call us on 0207 089 9120.

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FAQ

What will I learn?

On the programme you will work through key themes which are likely to include:

Start Up Accelerator
  • Leadership and management
  • Social Impact, marketing and business planning
  • Developing networks and connections
  • Market research
  • Financial management
  • Environmental management including sustainable social value led supply chains

 

 

 

  • Leadership and management
  • Balancing purpose and profit
  • Marketing
  • Business planning
  • Scaling up and replication
  • Developing networks and connections
  • Product/service review and development
  • Trading planning
  • Environmental auditing and sustainable social value led supply chains
  • Financial review and modelling
  • Costing and pricing review
  • Accessing social investment
  • Accessing public procurement and tendering contracts

Our learning programmes are very different to traditional teaching. We’re not about essays and textbooks. We believe in learning from other people’s stories. You’ll hear from inspiring people who speak frankly about the good, the bad and the ugly of running an organisation.

You’ll be in a safe and supportive group of around 15 people who are at a similar stage to you.

The course is a transformational experience that will push, challenge, and support you. It will give you the confidence and skills to achieve the impact you want to have.

What do you mean by income from trading?

Income from trading includes:

  • Sales of goods or services to the public, for example – selling food, tickets, training sessions, workshops
  • Sales of goods or services to other organisations, for example, training courses, commissions, contracting
  • Sponsorship and membership fees, where there is a significant benefit for the sponsor or member
  • Rental income

It does not include:

  • Donations or voluntary contributions
  • Income from investments
  • Bank interest
  • Loans
  • Equity income (e.g. through sale of shares)
  • Grants, for example from trusts
  • Transfers of funds from other organisations, e.g., in the case of a merger
  • Sponsorship or membership fees, where there is no significant benefit to member or sponsor

We can advise you about this if you are not sure. And just to be clear, by income from trading we don’t mean surplus or profit – just income.

You will be matched with a grant manager to support you with questions about your grant and how you can spend it.

Which geographical areas do you recognise as being part of the BaNES community?

Specifically, the Bath and Northeast Somerset local authority area.

How does the Match Trading grant work?

Match Trading® is grant-funding that matches an increase in trading income. By rewarding sales growth, Match Trading incentivises social organisations to develop their trading base, so they can build stronger futures.

We have adapted the Match Trading grant approach to support a 4-month programme.

For this programme, the grant is made up of two parts: a traditional grant to kick-start your efforts; plus a Match Trading grant to accelerate growth by rewarding an increase in income from trading.

On the Start Up programme you get a traditional grant of £2,500 plus up to £2,500 incentivised grant that matches an increase in income from trading.  For every £1 increase, we give you £3, up to a maximum of £2,500.

On the Accelerator programme you get a traditional grant of £7,500 plus up to £7,500 incentivised grant that matches an increase in income from trading.  For every £1 increase, we give you £3, up to a maximum of £7,500.