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.
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:
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.
Fifteen female social entrepreneurs from the United Arab Emirates visited Cornwall earlier this summer as part of the Badiri Social Entrepreneurship Programme (BSEP), a collaboration between Badiri Education and Development Academy, the education arm of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) and the UK-based School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).
SSE Cornwall celebrates the graduation of eight community business leaders from prestigious programme
Eight community business leaders in Cornwall have graduated from the prestigious Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Power to Change. The graduates have completed a six month learning programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall and will receive a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000 each.