We support people to grow; develop their skills, personally and professionally, making a profound impact in their local communities

Five years ago Cornwall was recognised as the first Rural Social Enterprise Zone in the UK, building on the entrepreneurial farming, food and tin mining culture that has existed here for hundreds of years.  Today the proportion of self-employment in Cornwall is 50% higher than the UK average and is thriving across the county, with the iconic Eden Project and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall as beacons of success.

SSE Cornwall

Established ten years ago, the School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall (SSE Cornwall) supports Social Entrepreneurs to realise their ambitions and create social change.  As part of a network of global schools SSE Cornwall delivers programmes to support and equip people to start, scale and strengthen their organisations, making a significant positive difference to their local communities on issues they experience and are passionate about.  Two-Thirds of social enterprises are supporting people from disadvantaged groups and 44% are employing them *

How we support social entrepreneurs

Over the years SSE Cornwall has developed into a highly credible organisation with integrity at its heart.  With the support of a very experienced Board of Directors the company has evolved into the go to place for Social Enterprise support in Cornwall.

We design, develop and deliver 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.

 Programmes for 2020

Community Business Trade Up Programme

Recruitment is completed and applications for 2020 programmes are now closed.

Lloyds Bank  Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme 

Applications open in February  for our Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme. If you are committed to helping people in need or improving the environment and  you’re in the early stages of setting up a social enterprise, charity or impact project to make it happen  this is the programme for you.

We could support you with:

  • A free learning programme (14 learning days, spread over a year)
  • A grant of £1,000 (money you don’t pay back)
  • A support network
  • Mentoring

register your interest here

Plus coming soon …more ways that we will be supporting social enterprise across Cornwall. 

Impact evaluation on our Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme (2012-17)

The people we support tackle society’s biggest problems while creating meaningful jobs.

We’ve just published the results of our biggest ever impact evaluation. Our Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme (2012-2017) shows our Social Entrepreneurs have an incredible multiplier effect from the support they receive.  Please click here for our evaluation results – SSE Cornwall Evaluation 

SSE Cornwall wins Ambassador of the year award

The Cornwall Business Awards celebrates innovation, achievement and entrepreneurial spirit within the business community of Cornwall. The awards night was held on 27th June and saw the School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall take home a trophy for Ambassador of the Year.

“We are so delighted to win Cornwall Business Awards Ambassador of the year,” says Sally Heard, CEO of SSE Cornwall.

“This is our chance to showcase our work on behalf of our incredible board of directors, SSE fellows, investors, supporters and talent pool of facilitators who have helped make us the trusted, valued and influential social enterprise we are today. Winning is all about them! Acknowledging the incredible work they do to provide products and services through their organisations and businesses in Cornwall and beyond.”


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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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