Our new partnership with Power to Change will support 130 community businesses

11 May 2017

We’re very excited to announce a new partnership between School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and Power to Change. Together, we’ll support 130 leaders of promising community businesses in England (organisations whose purpose is to benefit their local communities).

SSE and Power to Change today launch our Community Business Trade Up Programme. 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 income from trading.

The first phase of the programme runs from May to October 2017 in London and Liverpool and supports 30 community business leaders. The second phase will run from January – July 2018 and support a further 100 community business leaders across England.

 Interested in applying? Click here!

Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering 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 social-sector leaders develop the confidence, skills and networks to grow organisations that help people in need and improve communities. I’m excited to welcome the first 30 students to this programme, all of whom have the potential to increase the impact they create by growing their trading income.”

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 30 community business leaders beginning the programme in April consist of two cohorts of 10 based at School for Social Entrepreneurs London, and one cohort of 10 is based at School for Social Entrepreneurs North West (based in Liverpool).

We’re really excited to welcome the 30 students accepted onto the programme – congrats to all of you!

  • Amy Cotter, Sensoriel CIC
  • Anna Dyson, Toast Love Coffee
  • Anna Marshall, Stanley Events
  • Anne Burman, Southport Contemporary Arts
  • Anshu Srivastava, Hill Station Community Café
  • Barnaby Shaw, Bee Urban
  • Beth McDonough, Newcastle Wood Recycling CIC
  • Clare de Bathe, Chichester Community Development Trust
  • Danny Quinn, Black Sheep Collective CIC
  • Darlene Torey, LALGRA
  • Donna Golding, Bee Wirral
  • Faye Tomson, Energise Barnsley
  • Fiona Frank, Green Elephant Cooperative
  • Glynis Kirkwood-Warren, Lordship EcoHub Cooperative
  • Heath Monaghan, Aspire Ryde
  • Ian Smith, Tunza’s Pride
  • Jennifer Gwiadowski, The London Bike Kitchen
  • Joanne Bambrough, The Exchange Creative Community CIC
  • Kate Brayne, Wylye Coyotes Afterschool Club CIC
  • Krysia Williams, The Bristol Bike Project
  • Lloyd Stacey, Riverside House
  • Marten Payne, Go Geronimo
  • Nick Andrews, Space at Hare Hill House – Moorend Development Trust
  • Nick Corke, Hour Community
  • Rachel Summerscales, Hulme Community Garden Centre
  • Rob Groves, Friends of Hardie Park
  • Roisin Tobin, Buzz Lockleaze
  • Sarah Vaughan-Roberts, Forty Hall Community Vineyard
  • Simon Cobb, Stoneham Bakehouse CIC
  • Sotez Chowdhury, Do Little Solutions CIC

Are you a community business leader interested in applying for the second phase of the programme, which offers 100 places at locations across England?

 Click here to register your interest!