The SSE East team support social entrepreneurs in the East of England.

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We are currently delivering two learning programmes across East Anglia, and the SSE East team have helped dozens of people to set up and develop social enterprises.


Our vision is that every community across the eastern region has a trading social enterprise, and that everybody who can see a problem in their neighbourhood can access support and training to develop a project to solve it.

We believe that social entrepreneurs can find ways to solve problems that statutory provision can’t.  It is because of this that we support both large-scale social enterprises such as Leading Lives and AHP Suffolk, and smaller start ups like Lofty Heights.


SSE East is hosted by SSE’s central team in London, following the closure of its previous host organisation, the Eastern Enterprise Hub, on 31 July 2018.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is grateful for the commitment and passion the EEHub team have shown as a host organisation for SSE East and for all their support for social entrepreneurs in the region.

The SSE East learning team continues to deliver programmes in the East of England, supported by SSE’s central team. The EEHub board support the continuation of SSE East’s unique and innovative learning programmes for social entrepreneurs in the Eastern region.

Programmes at SSE East

The 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. The 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.

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Thurrock Social Entrepreneurship Programme
This programme supports people based in Thurrock who have an idea for a project that helps other people or the environment. The learning and support programme helps them get things up and running, so they become social entrepreneurs. It’s fully funded by Thurrock Council.

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