Support for social entrepreneurs delivered across the South West of England.

Dartington Hall in the sunshine

The School for Social Entrepreneurs was founded in 1997 by Michael Young, (Lord Dartington). It made perfect sense that there was a team to continue the social enterprise initiative here. Since 2009 SSE Dartington has produced tailor-made courses to provide an complete package for south west entrepreneurs.

Support for social entrepreneurs across the South West

SSE Dartington is a partnership between the School for Social Entrepreneurs – which helps 1,000 people a year develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. Dartington Trust is an ambitious experiment for rural generation based in Devon. They share the belief that we can build a more caring, creative, equal world where people live a fuller life.

At SSE Dartington we have been running programmes to help individuals and businesses to increase their skills, knowledge, strengths and networks for a decade. Find out more here

We work with local authorities, partners and funders from across the UK to create our programmes. Some of the programmes we are currently running are below.

Devon Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme

It’s a challenging time for the Devon community. We’re looking for Devon residents who are unemployed, on benefits or have been struggling to find enough work and want to set up a project that will create social or environmental change, with community at its heart. We’re offering practical learning to help turn your idea into a real-life project or social enterprise (a business that trades for a social purpose).  It’s free and it’s all online.


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South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES)

The South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) is a partnership that includes the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Knowle West Media Centre, Princes Trust and YTKO Ltd. It is providing training, support, grants and bursaries for new and existing businesses in South Bristol. The project is led by Bristol City Council, and supported by the European Regional Development Fund and West of England Combined Authority.

We are offering short courses for pre start up and early stage enterprises as well as more tailored support for established businesses.

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Lloyds Bank Business Start-Up

Are you committed to helping people in need or improving the environment? In the early stages of setting up a social enterprise, charity or impact project to make it happen? Would you like some support to get things up-and-running? Join the Lloyds Bank Start-Up programme for 2021! Applications are open now

Apply here

Lloyds Bank Business Trade-Up

You’ve already set up your social enterprise. Now you want to bring in more income from trading, to make your organisation more sustainable and create more impact. You just need a bit of support to figure out how. Join the Lloyds Bank Trade-Up programme with us! Register your interest below


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Accelerating Women’s Enterprise Programme

Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) is a collaborative project helping women working in various regions either side of the English Channel to increase their personal skills and develop their skills and knowledge.

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Rise Trade-Up programme

This Trading Development Programme combines match trading grants with a learning programme to assist the advancement of social enterprise in Plymouth. Match Trading grants help socially-driven organisations build more sustainable futures: they incentivise social entrepreneurs to grow by focusing on sales and trading, by matching increases in trading income with grant funding. This programme is run together with the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Dartington, with support from Plymouth City Council Social Enterprise Investment Fund.

Programme recruited – find out more


Local Access Partnership

Find out more about our exciting new partnership with Access – The Foundations For Social Investment which will bring a share of a £33 million investment programme aimed at tackling inequality through boosting the social economy. Read more here Press Release



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