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The Community Business Trade up Programme 2020


Do you run an organisation or project that exists to improve your local neighbourhood, village or town? Do you run it like a business, but re-invest profits to benefit your local community?

Action Hampshire in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs could help you improve your impact and grow your project income.

We know that running organisations and projects like these is different from running other types of business. The School for Social Entrepreneurs have designed a support programme to help you gain the head-space, support network and funding you need to grow a stronger, more sustainable community business.

The Community Business Trade Up programme has some eligibility criteria for applicants, and these are explained in detail in the guidance notes (which you can get by entering your contact details here). In particular, your organisation needs to be less than 5 years old or making significant changes to its business plan or trading models. This is because the idea is that being on the programme helps you to increase your organisation’s trading income – the ‘Match Trading’ element shown below.

Key benefits

  • A free learning programme to help you develop your income and impact
  • Up to £10,000 in Match Trading grant – matching the amount you are able to increase your organisation’s income from trading
  • An opportunity to meet regularly with other people running organisations like yours, so you can help each other out

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If you have any questions about the CBTU programme or the application process, come along and meet our team at one of our information sessions:
Southampton: Tuesday, 29 October 2019 from 10:00 to 12:00
Guildford: Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 10:00 to 12:30

For more information about our social enterprise support, please see our website or contact us by email or on 01962 857380.

To find out more about the CBTU programme and the application process go to the SSE website; that’s also the place to submit your application.