Inspire Change in Devon by Joining the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Lloyds Bank and the School for Social Entrepreneurs are calling out to motivated entrepreneurs across Devon with a desire to inspire social change to realise their dream by offering them a fully funded place on a 14 day course, a grant and a business mentor.

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme comprises of practical facilitated learning in addition to financial grants provided on behalf of Big Lottery Fund to help Start Up entrepreneurs develop their social enterprise idea. The Start Up programme offers a £4,000 grant, a year of dedicated training and assigned ‘business mentor’ to aspiring entrepreneurs. While 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.

Your idea starts here

Throughout February and March the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme will host taster sessions across Devon to showcase the opportunities on offer to aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs. The taster sessions will give you a practical understanding of how the Programme works and if it’s right for you.

The taster sessions across Devon are being held on:

  • Tuesday 16th February  13.00-15.00  – Dartington Social Enterprise Hub, Dartington Hall, Totnes, TQ9 6EN
  • Tuesday 23rd February – 10.00-12.00 – Jan Cutting Centre, Scott Business Park, Beacon Park Road, Plymouth, PL2 2PQ
  • Thursday 3rd March – 18.00-20.00 – ThinqTanq, Fairbairn House, Higher Lane, Plymouth, PL1 1AN

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.

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme and the partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs play a vital role in Lloyds Bank’s business strategy to Help Britain Prosper, and is dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs in communities across the UK to help stimulate economic growth and regeneration. The Bank is committed to support 1,300 social entrepreneurs by 2017.

Paula Rogers, Head of the Social Entrepreneurs Enterprise Programme at Lloyds Banking Group said: “I have seen first-hand the positive impact that social entrepreneurs have in our society, and know of the immense benefit in nurturing their commitment to making a social impact through entrepreneurship. Our partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs sits right at the heart of our business strategy to help Britain prosper and we are eager to hear the new ideas to inspire social change that will come from this year’s students.”

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.”

If you would like to attend a taster session, 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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