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Community Enterprise for Success

News about CEFS

The Community Enterprise for Success programme, supported by Solihull Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, ends on 31st March 2019.

Over the course of 2.5 years, CEFS has provided business advice, consultancy and training to over 65 individuals from more than 50 organisations in the Borough to increase their sustainability through trading activity and is currently supporting a cohort of six social enterprise start-ups.

Given the level of economic uncertainty, a similar package of enterprise support for VCSE organisations is not expected in the foreseeable future. We are therefore encouraging organisations to access the 12 hours of fully funded bespoke consultancy while it is available.

We are accepting a final round of registrations which is open until 28th January 2019 from organisations who have not already received support. Please complete the attached form and email to info@disecic.org so that we can check your eligibility. We are also accepting expressions of interest from start-ups.

If you are already on the programme, we advise you to note the timescales above and continue engagement with our advisers to progress agreed workplans.

Development in Social Enterprise will continue to operate in Solihull and look at funding options to work with organisations who are unable to pay for our services. We hope the programme has had a positive impact for your organisation and we look forward to working with you in the future and wish you every success.

 

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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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New £1m Coop Support Programme Launched Today

Firstly we’d like to say we’re extremely pleased to have been selected as a preferred supplier for business support on this new initiative and look forward to helping cooperatives develop and grow, but now what you really want to know.

The Hive a new programme of business support for people wanting to start or grow co-operatively run organisations has been launched today.

Run by Co-operatives UK, the network for Britain’s thousands of co-operatives, in partnership with The Co-operative Bank, The Hive will provide mix of online resources, training, advice and peer mentoring to organisations and start-ups right across a range the co-operative sector.

You might run a co-op already and want to strengthen it, be at the early stages of starting-up your business, or considering converting your organisation to co-operative or community ownership.

From renewables to retail, sports to social care, if you’re looking for business support, The Hive is for you.

See how The Hive can help you build a better co-operative business.

View a short film here

www.thehive.coop

 

 

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Open to Applications

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme is open for applications.

Now we’ve got your attention. The school for Social Entrepreneurs (Midlands) is open to applications. We are proud to work with the School for Entrepreneurs as “Expert Witnesses” on their Social Enterprise Start up programme not just because their Learning Manager (2015) said “every start-up programme should start with Development in Social Enterprise”, but because it’s probably the best start up programme for social entrepreneurs in the Midlands.

The programme offers:

  • 14 days of learning over a 12 month period starting in October
  • A mentor from Lloyds Bank
  • A £4000 grant to help get your idea off the ground.

As you can see the programme is an extensive action learning programme with a grant and therefore places are highly contested, but if you don’t apply you won’t be in the running!

They are holding an Information and Taster session in Birmingham in the evening of 3rd March to help you find out more and provide insight into what a successful application looks like – Book a place now.

The deadline for full applications is 1:00 pm on 21st March. Applications here https://www.the-sse.org/courses/start-up/

Good Luck!

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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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