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Thinking of Starting a Social Enterprise?

School for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) open for applications!

If you’re thinking or starting a social enterprise then look no further. Our friends over at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) are recruiting for their next cohort now. If you’re successful you get onto one of the best action learning programmes currently available for social entrepreneurs and we may even see you at one of the sessions.

Here’s a taste of what’s on offer and how to find out more!

The School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands will support 40 social entrepreneurs through the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme 2017 supported by Big Lottery Fund.

The programme provides free support for a year:

  • A grant of up to £3,000
  • A learning programme comprising 15 days over 12 months
  • Mentoring
  • A community of people starting up social and environmental projects

Find out more by attending one of their 2 hour Information events:

  • Leicester – 23 March from 5:30pm – Book here 
  • Coventry – 28 March from 6:00pm – Book here
  • Birmingham #1 – 30 March from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Nottingham – 6th April from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Birmingham #2 – 11th April from 5:30pm – Book here
  • Wolverhampton – 12th April from 6:30pm – Book here

The deadline for applications is 26 April 2017.

“The SSE Midlands Start Up Programme is part of a UK-wide programme that will support 300 social entrepreneurs for a year.  This is the sixth year of this programme, and 99% of our students would recommend our programme.”
 

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Solihull’s VCSE is Ready for Success

R4SDirectoryVCSE organisations working in Solihull are celebrating their achievements on Development in Social Enterprise’s Ready for Success project. The project followed our successful Community Enterprise for Success programmes of support for local VCSE organisations and has been funded by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s transformation directorate.

The Ready for Success project is part of “Solihull Together for Better Lives” which aims to transform social care and health services to increase choice, control and independence by ensuring health and social care services meet current and future needs. 23 organisations took part in the bespoke programme of support designed to ensure organisations were prepared for future commissioning and procurement of services (tender ready).

In March 2016 organisations attended and awards ceremony to recognise their achievements and saw the formal launch of the Health and Wellbeing Networking Directory. Karen Murphy, Assistant Director, Public Health and Commissioning thanked the group for engaging with the six month business development programme. Karen continued “We know that the process of commissioning and procurement can cause anxiety for smaller local organisations, and not be a pleasant experience if ill prepared. Procurement practices have traditionally tended to favour big organisations and we hope programmes like this will go some way towards levelling the playing field. We are committed to investing in our local providers and this piece of work has flagged up learning for us too, things we can do better. Above all, we see you as our partners and thank you for the work you do.”

David Lane, Chief Executive at Development in Social Enterprise said: “Since last October we have worked closely with organisations delivering a wide range of services including advice and guidance, advocacy, mental health, recovery support, and therapeutic indoor and outdoor activities. There was a genuine desire amongst the group to identify and address development areas, explore business opportunities and build relationships with one another for the benefit of service users.”

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Co-operatives Training

For those of you considering whether the co-operative model is right for you then look no further the Co-operatives Essential Training Package is now live.

The programme begins with a  Strategic Planning and Change Management session on Wednesday 16 March in Manchester. The participative full day training is designed to help businesses manage change and improve their approach to strategic planning.

On Tuesday 22 March, also in Manchester, they have an opening training event specifically designed for co-op secretaries. Oversubscribed last year, this session will cover a secretary’s duties and responsibilities – including legal requirements and best practice.

From sustainability and co-op marketing to effective meetings and director duties, the co-op training programme continues throughout the year, with sessions held in Bristol and London as well as Manchester.

For more infornmation and the full list of training courses , dates and locations http://www.uk.coop/developing-co-ops/training-events

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School For Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) Open for Applications

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in the Midlands is open for applications. Around 40 places are being offered.
The programme is free to attend and offers:

  • 14 days of learning over 12 months starting in October 2016
  • A mentor from Lloyds Banking Group
  • £4000 grant from Big Lottery to help get your idea started.

You will learn the key things that you need to know about running a successful social enterprise. You will learn with a group of like-minded individuals who will support you and encourage you.

Previous participants have described the programme as ‘Transformational’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Essential’, ‘Brilliant’, ‘Priceless’ and ‘Hugely enjoyable’.

 

https://www.the-sse.org/courses/start-up/

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Recruiting 250 Social Entrepreneurs

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is looking for 250 new social enterprise ideas for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme!

If you have a new business or project that will make a positive difference in your community, SSE & and the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme wants to hear from you. The programme offers a fully funded year of training and a £4,000 grant to help you get started.  Applications for the Programme are open from 2nd February until 2nd April 2015.  For more information and details of how to apply visit http://bitly.com/1eA5RjQ

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