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) and so it made perfect sense that there was a school to continue the social enterprise initiative here. Since 2009 SSE Dartington has produced tailor-made courses to provide an complete package for the new social entrepreneur.

Support for social entrepreneurs across the South West

The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington is located within the stunning setting of Dartington Hall. We run many of our course sessions from here but also from locations all around the South West. We continue to strive to give our students as much variety as possible, whilst also taking advantage of the vast array of business resources that we have in Devon.

Dartington Hall was founded by Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst in the 1920’s as an experiment for rural generation. They believed in trying new innovative approaches to farming, education and the arts – a philosophy that continues to this day. The Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs is proud to be part of this innovative programme.

SSE Hub Dartington

SSE Dartington is a beautiful 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 – and Dartington Trust, 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. But we know that – alongside our programmes – changemakers need ongoing places to work, meet, connect and continue learning.

By opening up our workspace, we aim to create an environment that is tailored to help people do good in their work: to work more effectively; to connect to people with aligned values; and to continue accessing learning opportunities. We don’t limit this to ‘social entrepreneurs’ – we welcome anybody who is working to create a better world.


Community Business Trade Up Programme

Applications are open for our CBTU programme which supports community businesses across the South West to become more sustainable and accelerate growth, the fully funded development programme is taught by our experts and comes with a match trading grant of up to £10k. This programme is run in association with Power to Change

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Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Whether you are looking to get started on a new idea or want to grow an established organisation, this programme can help. Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme offers a fully funded year of learning, a mentor and a grant to help you grow your project. The programme will  help you develop as a leader and obtain the skills needed to take your organisation to the next stage.

The programme is delivered in 12 locations across the UK. SSE Dartington delivers the programme in Bristol and Plymouth.

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