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Brand New Community Business Trade Up Programme Open for Applications!


Thanks to a partnership between our central school and Power to Change, The School for Social Entrepreneurs Hampshire is very happy to announce that we will be delivering a brand new programme for community businesses in the New Year.

This programme will be delivered by SSE schools at eight locations across England including York, Liverpool, Midlands, Ipswich, London, Devon, Cornwall and of course, Hampshire.

We’re looking for people leading the organisations that put their local area at the very heart of what they do: the restaurants, community centres, bakeries, farms, sports clubs and pubs that are run by and for local people (to mention just a few!).
The programme supports the leaders of early-stage community businesses with:
• a fully funded six-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days)
• a grant of up to £10,000

The learning programme runs from January to July 2018. Its focus is to grow community businesses’ impact by increasing their sales and trading income. Participants will receive expert support and learn with other community business leaders in cohorts of 10.

Eligible organisations must be at an early stage and planning to grow. By this we mean that the organisation has already started and has plans to grow its sales and trading income by at least £10,000 in the next year.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11th October 2017. Interested parties are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest by the 1pm on 31 August for advice on whether they should submit a full application.

To apply or for more information, go to the School for Social Entrepreneurs website.