With the New Year now upon us, 2016 could be the year for you to realise a dream and start your own business.
Lloyds Bank and the School for Social Entrepreneurs are calling out to motivated entrepreneurs with a desire to inspire social change by offering them a funding grant, business mentorship and year-long training programme.
The The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme offers study sessions on all aspects of running a social enterprise, individual business mentors supplied by Lloyds Bank and a start-up grant funded by the Big Lottery.
A £4,000 grant is on offer within the Start-Up programme, alongside a year of dedicated training and an assigned ‘business mentor’ to aspiring entrepreneurs. The Scale Up programme provides a £15,000 grant in addition to learning support and business mentorship to existing social entrepreneurs aiming to expand their enterprise.
Students from the Programme have so far developed scores of unique and exciting enterprises that bring about significant benefits in their communities and further afield.
Lauren Roffey is a recent graduate of the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme and founder of Baked: Cake with a Cause. Baked sells locally sourced homemade cakes and baked products with the social mission to provide empowering skill development opportunities and a shared community space for young people. Lauren said,
“Having been trading for a year, the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme has given me the space and support to think about our next step. We are looking to scale up the work and social impact of Baked, providing innovative and enriching opportunities for young people to develop skills in the community”.
The course is designed so social entrepreneurs can learn while growing their business. Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said:
“It is with great excitement that we welcome every year a new cohort of excited, ambitious and inspiring social entrepreneurs across the country who are all driven to help deliver social change in their communities. The taster sessions give you the perfect opportunity to learn all about the Programme and how it can help you develop your ideas.”
Throughout January, February and March the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme will host taster sessions across the country to showcase the opportunities on offer to aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs.
Visit www.yourideastartshere.co.uk where you can find your nearest location and the relevant dates. Individuals are welcome to attend taster sessions and/or apply to any location. The Scale-up Programme is available in London and Liverpool.
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