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

SSE Cornwall

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. Other EU programmes including The Engine Room and Community Business Trade Up Projects offer 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 area 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!

The Engine Room

The Engine Room is a network for social enterprises, offering business support for pre-start up and start-up businesses that have a social purpose at the core of their business idea.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by experts in the social enterprise field, the Engine Room offers:

  • networking with like-minded businesses and entrepreneurs
  • coaching and mentoring from people who have been there and done it
  • connections with relevant experts and networks
  • a range of programmes, workshops and events focusing on specific social purpose issues.

Depending on what stage your social enterprise idea is at, we will work with you to create a bespoke programme of a minimum of 12 hours’ support, to develop initial ideas or explore opportunities to grow and scale its social and financial impact and create employment opportunities.

SSE Engine Room Factsheet

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So if you’re resident in Cornwall, your business is based in Cornwall and it’s been registered for less than 12 months, visit the website or contact us to find out more:

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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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Tree Stewart, founder of Sky High Arts

Tree Stewart, Sky High Arts

The startup using trapeze to change lives in Cornwall

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Sarah Cowburn, founder of Bodeeworx, is timing another woman in plank position

Sarah Cowburn, Bodeeworx

Making fitness affordable and accessible to rural communities in Cornwall

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Lizzie Heath, founder of Little Kitchen Magicians. Credit: Exposure Photo Agency

Lizzie Heath, Little Kitchen Magicians

Educating thousands about the importance of healthy food and nutrition.

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Jamie Tresidder, founder of SPARC

Jamie Tresidder, SPARC

Providing access to sport & physical activity to people facing barriers.

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School for Social Entrepreneurs Fellows

Mat Price, Proud2Be

"The support that I was able to receive and offer to people who were experiencing similar challenges, fears and had the same driving passion was a lifeline."

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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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