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

During these difficult times we are busier than ever, delivering online to entrepreneurs across Cornwall and beyond to develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems.

SSE in Cornwall

Established eleven years ago, the School for Social Entrepreneurs in 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 in 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.

To get in contact about how we can support you please fill out our enquiry form 

Programmes for 2021 – all delivery is online

Springboard – The Ideas Greenhouse

Have an idea but don’t know where to turn? Thinking of growing your passion or hobby into something more?

Our free Springboard programme will support you to gently explore your ideas from the comfort of your own home. We run friendly bite-sized sessions online and 1:1 mentoring where you can learn at your own pace in a safe and supportive space.

Springboard helped me see what my dreams and goals were” 
Natalie – Springboard participant

Find out more about Springboard

This programme is funded by CLLD and EU Structural and Investment Funds.

Lloyds Bank  Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme

Recruitment for our 2021 Trade Up Programme opens in March and the programme runs from October 2021- October 2022

Apply if you’ve set up an effective social enterprise already, and plan to increase your income and impact in the year ahead.  Maybe your business and trading income has been affected by the pandemic?  We’ll get you back on track.

You’ll learn how to increase resilience, develop different income streams and ways of working suited to the online, post Covid-19 new normal.

Trade Up offers a year of free support, including:

  • Up to £4,000 Match Trading grant
  • Free learning programme (14 learning days spread over a year)
  • Support network
  • A mentor

Click here to apply – Applications close on 23rd April 1pm

Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE)

Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) Cornwall is an exciting an innovative programme supporting women entrepreneurs to develop a seed of an idea into a sustainable social enterprise. Delivered by two of our own SSE Fellows, AWE will provide a unique opportunity to  embark on a 12 week programme of support, delivered in the evenings, enabling participants to link up with other likeminded women, build knowledge & expertise and hear from our ‘talent pool’ of  inspirational witnesses.

Our lively supportive and interactive online sessions provide dedicated time and space to explore ideas in a safe and supportive environment;  through peer 2 peer learning, 1-2-1 support and matched mentoring.

Our next programme starts in April 2021 – applications are now closed.

This programme is funded by INTERREG and European Union.

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Making fitness affordable and accessible to rural communities in Cornwall

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Lizzie Heath, Little Kitchen Magicians

Educating thousands about the importance of healthy food and nutrition.

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Jamie Tresidder, SPARC

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

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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, Driftwood Surfboards

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

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