Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme 2018 (includes Match Trading grant)

You’ve been running a social enterprise, charity or impact project for at least a year, and it’s making more than £15,000 a year.  (Earlier stage than that? Try Start Up.)

Now you want to make your model more robust and increase your sales.

That’s where we come in. Our programme could help you:

  • Learn how to strengthen your model and grow through sales, with 14 learning days spread over a year.
  • Fund your plans with up to £4,000 from a Match Trading grant: funding that matches sales growth pound-for-pound.
  • Get to know other social entrepreneurs, who’ll support your plans and help you through tough times.
  • Overcome challenges with the support of a one-to-one mentor.

Applications open in early spring 2018.

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There is no cost to you at any point, thanks to our partners Lloyds Bank and Big Lottery Fund.

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Who can apply?

  • Any adult (aged 16+) who is based in the UK and wants to grow their social enterprise, charity or impact-led project. You should have plans to increase your sales and trading income by at least £4,000 in the year ahead.
  • You don’t need any educational qualifications.
  • We welcome ex-offenders, people with disabilities, and long-term unemployed.

When and where does the course run?
October 2018 to October 2019. You’ll need to attend a day or two a month of learning at one of our locations across the UK.

What’s the learning like?
You’ll be in a group of about 20 people from all backgrounds, sharing experiences and supporting each other. You’ll hear from social entrepreneurs who’ve been there and done that. Learning at SSE is hands-on, practical, inspiring and fun! We’re definitely not about essays and textbooks. Read more about learning at SSE.

The Trade Up programme will help you:

  • Refine your social impact measurement
  • Develop the link between your trading and your impact goals
  • Develop your business plan and income streams
  • Test and refine your marketing
  • Grow your customer base
  • Win contracts
  • Improve your financial management
  • Manage staff and volunteers
  • Project-manage and delegate
  • Improve your leadership skills
  • Develop your networks

How does the Match Trading grant work?
SSE created Match Trading grants to help social entrepreneurs focus on increasing their sales and trading, rather than being over-dependent on traditional grant. Check out the video below, and read more about how Match Trading works.

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For 1 Oct, 2018