School for Social Entrepreneurs is promoting three new programmes

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is currently promoting three new programmes of support for social entrepreneurs and we said we’d help get the word out. The programmes are as follows:

Black Social Entrepreneurs Futures Programme

This programme is for people who identify as all of the following:

  • Black.
  • Supporting predominately Black communities.
  • Based in and working in the West Midlands.
  • Have already set up your Social Enterprise.


The programme will help you:

  • Strengthen your project with our free learning programme.
  • Grow your income from trading, so you can increase your social impact.
  • Gain a network of peers, who will help you develop your plans and act as a sounding board.
  • Get 1-to-1 advice from a business expert.
  • Get mentoring from a senior manager from Gowling WLG.


Apply no later than midnight on 31st January (sooner would be better).


Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme is run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The programme formally opens for applications in the new year but is now open for Expressions of Interest.

It could support you with:

  • A free learning programme, shaped by your needs, to help you adapt to a post-Covid new normal.
  • A grant (£1,000 – £7,000).
  • Mentoring.
  • A supportive community of like-minded peers.


There are 3 levels you could apply to:

Start Up
» Your project is in the planning stages but ready to start, or less than two years old. It makes £0 – £15,000 a year.
» You want to learn how to establish your organisation.

Register interest in the 2021-22 programme and SSE will email you when applications open.

Trade Up
» Your project has been running for at least a year.
» It makes at least £15,000 a year.

Register interest in the 2021-22 programme and SSE will email you when applications open.

Scale Up
Your project was probably established two or more years ago, and probably has two or more paid members of staff.
» It makes at least £75,000 a year (no upper limit).

Register interest in the 2021-22 programme and SSE will email you when applications open.

For more information and advance expressions of interest.

Heritage Trade Up Programme

Are you looking to strengthen the financial resilience and governance capabilities of your heritage organisation? This programme, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, will offer eight months of capacity building support for a broad range of heritage sector organisations from across the UK.

SSE will support you to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to develop enterprise models and deepen social and/or environmental impact. You will be part of a safe and supportive group of like-minded peers.

The programme offers:

  • Eight days of cohort-based learning between October 2021 – June 2022.
  • Up to £10,00 Match Trading grant.
  • Support network of like-minded peers.


The application window opens in February 2021 – register your interest to be alerted when recruitment goes live.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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