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Take your next steps

Learn how to lead a social enterprise, small charity, environmental or community project


SSE programmes are for people starting up or scaling projects that make a positive difference. You’ll be supported for up to a year.

  • Getting Serious: Your Next Steps to Success (South Bristol Enterprise Support)

    Delivered in: Bristol

    Who it's for: People in South Bristol who are running a social enterprise or community business and looking for free learning and support.

    In a nutshell: A series of workshops covering many aspects of running a social enterprise, from finance to sustainability.

  • Devon Get Started

    Delivered in: Dartington, Devon, Exeter, Online, South West

    Who it's for: Devon residents (Unfortunately this programme is not open to residents of Torbay or Plymouth); People 25 years or older that want to become self-employed, set up a business or start a social enterprise; Consider themselves to have been affected by Covid 19 or are supporting areas that have been adversely affected by the pandemic.

    In a nutshell: Free tailored group workshops to suit your needs; Personalised 1-1 coaching and support; Specialised 'pitching events' to help you communicate your idea; Blended delivery for accessibility; Action Learning Sets to help you develop problem solving skills; Access to a community of likeminded people in your area.

  • Strong Foundations (South Bristol Enterprise Support)

    Delivered in: Bristol, Online

    Who it's for: People in South Bristol with an idea for a business that helps their community.

    In a nutshell: A learning programme covering all the basics you need to know to set up a social enterprise or community business. This programme can be tailored to your needs, delivered online or in-person - express your interest to find out more.

  • AWE Making a Difference

    Delivered in: Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Online, Wiltshire

    Who it's for: Women, or people who are non-binary a woman, in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset

    In a nutshell: Free courses supporting you from an idea to starting and growing a social enterprise

  • South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES)

    Delivered in: Bristol, Online

    Who it's for: People in South Bristol looking to start or grow a social enterprise or community business

    In a nutshell: A series of free events and workshops to help you set up or grow your social project or enterprise whatever stage you're at.

  • Wigan Social Innovators in Health and Wellbeing Programme

    Delivered in: north west, Online

    Who it's for: Early-stage organisations with a principal mission to get more people cycling and walking in Wigan

    In a nutshell: Free support (online and in-person), Action Learning and supportive peer network

  • New Entrant Scheme Pilot Projects

    Delivered in: Cornwall, Dartington, Devon, Yorkshire

    Who it's for: Land-based businesses in rural South West England or in peri-urban Yorkshire.

    In a nutshell: This fully-funded course supports new entrants to land-based businesses where people are managing a farming business that produces food and improves environmental outcomes.

  • RBC Brewin Dolphin Procurement Readiness

    Delivered in: Online

    Who it's for: Established social enterprises looking to scale and secure bigger private and public contracts

    In a nutshell: Free support (online and in-person), £2,000 grant and supportive peer network