Celebrating our support for community businesses in England
It’s been a busy start to the year for our eight school in England. They’ve been welcoming leaders from 100 community businesses onto our Community Business Trade Up Programme, run in partnership with Power to Change.
And regional papers have been keen to celebrate the successes of students who gained a place on the programme.
The Stroud News & Journal celebrated Viki Lee, manager of Stroud District Kids’ Stuff, joining the programme. Kids’ Stuff provides the most vulnerable children in the district with the basic items needed to thrive through professional referrals and community sales.
Clare Freeman, founder of the Margate Mercury, gained coverage in The Isle of Thanet News, which also explained that she will have access to a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000. The Margate Mercury creates free quarterly magazine and also has a community hub and shop, The Margate Mercury Hub.
Exeter-based The Real Food Store also won a place on the programme, as covered by The Exeter Daily. The Real Food Store supports awareness of organic, local food and sustainability in Exeter and the surrounding countryside.
And the Derbyshire Times celebrated Simon Redding joining the programme. Simon is founder of the Monkey Park in Brampton, a hub that offers social spaces for residents including a cafe, children’s play area, bike repair workshop and space for small businesses.
SSE India makes the headlines
Meanwhile SSE India, our Delhi-based school, has been commenting on the social enterprise sector in the country.
Jaivir Singh, vice-chairman of PwC India Foundation and chair of SSE India, spoke out about the lack of support for social enterprises in India. He told Business Standard.”Support in the early stage is missing and that is part of our interest in terms of getting the School for Social Entrepreneurs to India.”
Jaivir also penned a column for LiveMint, on how social enterprise uses capitalism for uplift, and how social enterprise can provide meaningful and continuous employment.
Meanwhile SSE India CEO Shalabh Mittal spoke to Stanford Social Innovation Review about how social entrepreneurship is empowering women in India.