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 our course sessions 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 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. Find out more
Lloyds Bank Business Start Up
You’re 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. Now you’d like some support to get things up-and-running. Join the Lloyds Bank Start Up programme running in Devon 2020/21 with us! Register your interest below
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 running in Somerset 2020/21 with us! Register your interest below
Start Up Plus
Start Up Plus, in partnership with Brewin Dolphin, is our new free learning programme for social enterprises delivered in London summer 2020. It is open nationally and we’re covering travel and accommodation costs.
Accelerating Women’s Enterprise Programme
Accelerating Womens Enterprise (AWE) is a new collaborative project to help women working in various regions either side of the English Channel to increase their personal skills and develop their skills and knowledge. Deadline 1st March for the next programme but there is an ongoing recruitment across the southwest.
Plymouth Business Booster
A new programme, funded by The Enhance Social Enterprise Programme (ERDF) – for socially conscious businesses to help them focus on key foundation elements and give your enterprise a boost! This FREE programme will take place in central Plymouth and will consist of three days
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.
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