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.
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.
Community Business Trade Up Programme
Applications open on 17th September for our Community Business Trade Up Programme in Cornwall. It helps leaders of community businesses and community focused social enterprises.
Our learning programme runs from April to December 2020, focusing on growing community businesses’ impact by increasing their sales and trading income, through expert support and learning alongside fellow community businesses.
Applications close at 1pm on Wednesday 27th November 2019.
Book now on our information sessions across Cornwall
Wed 9 October 10am – 11am at SSE Cornwall offices, Truro click here to book
Wed 23 October 11am – 12pm at Helston Old Cattle Market click here to book
Wed 6 November 10am – 11am at Liskerrett Community Centre, Liskeard click here to book
Wed 13 November 4pm – 5pm at SSE Cornwall offices, Truro click here to book click here to book
For more information on the programme and link for applying click here
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.”
Social enterprises are outperforming traditional businesses in measures that matter. Our head of comms Sophie shares fresh evidence to proves it.
We're delighted to publish an independent evaluation of our work.