Shifting London

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Supporting underrepresented groups and growing businesses for good to drive innovation 

SSE are on a mission to shift how things work in our capital.  

Shifting London will support future social entrepreneurs of London in developing ideas to build businesses for good, while exploring new opportunities. We will be giving people the tools and knowledge needed to succeed. SSE believe in giving power and agency back to local leaders, as we know that these people, with lived experience and community roots, are best placed to drive impact. 

We’re reaching out to people who want to make a change in London, and we’re doing this with the help of funding from GLA UK Shared Prosperity Fund as part of the Levelling Up initiative, working alongside our partners; Inclusion London and Shpresa. 

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Why “Shifting London”?  

We believe that too much fixing goes on in public policy, and not enough shifting. To take a problem and think that we can make it better just by trying to fix it will almost certainly fail and the outcome will be insignificant because the system isn’t right 

The answer is in shifting how things work.  

Making small, sustainable changes to make big differences. Shifting can then have a snowball effect rather than hoping to fix everything in one go.

Shifting London takes people from the seed of an idea right through to making your business for good a profitable social enterprise with the help of great learning and a grant based upon trading income. 


We’re aiming to empower under-represented communities and drive innovation in important, growing sectors. Shifting London is about sparking change and creating opportunities for growth in:  

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Are you thinking about setting up an enterprise or project with a social and environmental purpose, or have you set up an enterprise within the last 18 months?

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is offering 2 hours of free business support for anyone based in London (aged 16 years +). The support sessions will offer individual and targeted help, and due to a limited number of funded places we would encourage you to sign up at your earliest convenience.

Topics our advisors can support with:
  • Becoming a social entrepreneur
  • Budgeting and financial planning
  • Building a board
  • Building a team (hiring staff)
  • Business coaching
  • Business idea generation
  • Creating partnerships
  • Creating a business plan
  • Funding/income generation
  • Governance and boards
  • Introducing or developing new products/ services
  • Improving processes/ management practices

Find out more 

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The Shifting London Workshops

The Shifting London Workshops support people to continue to explore opportunities within the local and social economy developing the key skills required to start up a social enterprise or business for good.  

Who is it for? The Shifting London Workshops are for people in the early stages of setting up a social or environmental impact project, social enterprise or charity (we call this the start up stage) or for those who running or working for a more established social enterprise. The workshops are free to attend. Any number of workshops can be attended. No application or assessment process is necessary. 

These workshops have now taken place. Check out our other courses and programmes here.


 A green economy is a way of doing things that helps people live better lives and treats everyone fairly, while also taking care of the planet. It’s different from the way we usually do things, which often makes some people poorer, creates a lot of waste, uses up resources too quickly, and causes big problems for nature and our health. In the last ten years, governments around the world have started to see the green economy as something really important to focus on. 

A circular economy is a different way of making and using things that helps us produce less waste and pollution. Instead of constantly taking new resources, making things, using them, and throwing them away, we try to reuse, repair, refurbish, and recycle materials and products for as long as we can. 

This new way of doing things is an alternative to the old way called the linear economy. In the linear economy, we just keep using up resources and creating waste without thinking about the consequences. 

The circular economy can actually help us solve big problems like climate change, the loss of plants and animals, and social issues. It does this by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases we release into the atmosphere and by creating more prosperity, jobs, and resilience in our communities. 

Shifting London is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

Find out more information about the UK Shared Prosperity Fund