Based in the Eastern Enterprise Hub SSE East is the leading provider of social enterprise support in the East of England.

School for Social Entrepreneurs students smiling

We are currently delivering two learning programmes across East Anglia, and to date, we have helped over 70 entrepreneurs to set up and develop social enterprises.

Our vision

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 neighborhood 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 in the Eastern Enterprise Hub. We get support from private sector and public partners who are as committed as we are to realising our vision.

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.

More about the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme


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Fellows’ stories

Mary Anne Barclay, founder of Singing for Lung Health Colchester

Mary Anne Barclay, Singing for Lung Health Colchester

Did you know that singing can help lung health? This young musician has turned it into a social enterprise.

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Debra Nicholson, Wind Energy Museum

From a background in banking to running a windmill museum.

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Rebecca White, Your Own Place

"Meeting so many social entrepreneurs enables not just comparison, but opportunities to weigh up and consider different models of delivery."

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Social Entrepreneur Jo Salter holds one of the items for sale via Where Does it Come From? An ethical clothing brand

Jo Salter, Where Does It Come From?

"Being in a room with a bunch of inspiring, determined entrepreneurs who want to make the world a better place is a wonderfully positive and sharing experience."

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Lofty Heights team with van

Olive Quinton, Lofty Heights

"Lofty Heights would not have been possible without the encouragement, practical help, support, introductions and networking opportunities that I received from SSE."

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The Feed team at an event

Barry Allard, The Feed

"Action Learning Sets helped me get to the root cause of my issues and build a deeper understanding of myself and my enterprise."  

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Harrys specters team making chocolates

Mona Shah, Harry Specters

"The best thing about being a part of the SSE was having people who believed in me and my idea."

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