We provide training and opportunities to enable people to use their entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefit.

David Forsyth in his workshop

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have a dynamic enterprise culture that is driving the social enterprise movement by creating sustainable social enterprises based on people, planet and profit.  Cornwall’s unique economic and geographic landscape lends itself to partnership and collaborative working, bringing added benefits across the public, private and social enterprise sectors.

How we support social entrepreneurs

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme is our flagship project and is delivered from the fabulous and inspirational Eden Project. Other EU programmes including The Engine Room and Social Enterprise Focus Project offers our social entrepreneurs the scale up support they need to take them to the next stage of development.

Social enterprise zone

Cornwall was the first geographic areas in the country to be awarded Rural Social Enterprise Zone status. Sally Heard, SSE Cornwall Founder and CEO is a prominent social enterprise leader in the county and continues to encourage greater inclusion and innovation, supporting the development of sustainable economic prosperity where we can all live, work and play!

Space for social entrepreneurs in the HUB! 

The SSE Cornwall team is based at the SSE Cornwall HUB in St Austell. The HUB offers great office and meeting space, great prices and superfast Broadband as standard. We deliver Interactive Seminars and Specialist Growth Programmes including our YSC Sustainable Leadership programme from the HUB.

SSE Cornwall staff working at Tregonissey HouseIf you are looking for flexible, affordable office, meeting or hot desk space in the historic heart of St Austell, Tregonissey house is for you. We are keen to support businesses, social enterprises and community use of our space.

For a brochure and rates for the meeting rooms, flexi-desk facilities and office rental please email or call on 01726 216101


Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Whether you are looking to get started on a new idea or want to grow an established organisation, this programme can help. Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme offers a fully funded year of learning, a mentor and a grant to help you grow your project. The programme will  help you develop as a leader and obtain the skills needed to take your organisation to the next stage.

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The School for Social Entrepreneurs fellow, Caro, collecting seaweed in Cornwall for her social enterprise Cornish Seaweed Company

Caro Warwick- Evans, Cornish Seaweed Company

"SSE not only gave us the business support and training that we needed but they were a solid, friendly and highly experienced support network."

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David Forsyth making surfboards at his workshop in Cornwall

David Forsyth, Driftwood Surfboards

"The School for Social Entrepreneurs has taught me the importance of social responsibility in business."

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