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The School for Social Entrepreneurs in Cornwall has been supporting social entrepreneurs since 2009 across all sectors with short and long-term programmes supporting in particular women, and young people.

Established in 2011, Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs CIC was a catalyst for change, driving the agenda forward and creating opportunity and connectivity for those wishing to start or scale their enterprise.

Over the years SSE in Cornwall developed into a highly credible organisation with integrity at its heart.  With the support of a very experienced Board of Directors the company evolved into the go to place for Social Enterprise support in Cornwall. Designing, developing and delivering programmes of support from pre-start to leadership.  Local support from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall Council has been integral to its success.

Cornwall’s dynamic enterprise culture

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 benefit across the public, private and social enterprise sectors.

Until October 2020, SSE in Cornwall was an independent Community Interest Company with a close working relationship across our UK & international network of schools. In October 2020, along with 3 other independent schools, SSE in Cornwall merged to become a wholly owned subsidiary of SSE.

The Springboard programme

The Springboard programme that ran for 3 years from March 2020 to March 2023 was run through the Community Led Local Development (CLLD), an EU funded programme to help Cornwall to thrive and grow by providing pathways to better economic opportunities by making positive change in core neighbourhoods across Cornwall.

The aim of the Springboard programme was to work at grass root level to identify, inspire and equip local people to feel ready to start their own social enterprise or community business or to grow an existing one.

202 individuals undertook the programme and received 12 hours of support through facilitated group learning (both in-person and online) plus up to 4 hours of 1:1 mentoring, if required. 

27 new businesses, less than 12 months old, undertook the programme and received 12 hours of support through 1:1 business mentoring tailored to the individual needs of the organisation.​

Ro Dama Farm CIC or Doing Good Locally joined a Cornwall based cohort. The organisation manages a beautiful space overlooking St Ives’ Bay in Cornwall and is a space for connection, regeneration and rewilding of ourselves, our communities, our culture& heritage and our land. Find out about them and what they thought of the programme…

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Honey Alldis, Alldis Cards and Crafts

The Springboard Programme supports young social entrepreneur with hidden disabilities

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Nour Chakroun, founder of Inspiring Women's Network, smiling into camera, in front of a fence and some greenery

Nour Chakroun, Inspiring Women's Network

Creating a supportive and empowering women-led community in Cornwall

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two people in front of a green mobile library van.

Mirella Ferraz, Share Shed

Helps people borrow the stuff they need instead of buying it.

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Sara Marsh, SSE fellow and manager of Treverbyn Community Hall, standing in front of the social enterprise's logo

Sara Marsh, Treverbyn Community Hall

Meet the social entrepreneur dedicated to transforming Treverbyn Hall into a thriving community space.

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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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Jamie Tresidder, founder of SPARC

Jamie Tresidder, SPARC

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

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Max 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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