Start a social enterprise
Want to start a Social Enterprise in Plymouth? Here are our top tips for getting started…
One to one support and advice: a good place to start
The ERDF funded Enhance Social Enterprise programme offers 12 hours of free business advice or training for new and existing social enterprises. Delivery partners include PSEN members, Iridescent Ideas, Cosmic, RIO and Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs. To find out more, contact one of the delivery partners or sign up on the Growth Hub portal.
Pop Ideas is a Plymouth City Council support contract delivered by POP+ and Iridescent Ideas CIC. They provide funding advice and business planning support to voluntary, community and social enterprise organizations working in Plymouth. For more information and contact details or to sign up to the informative newsletter go to www.popideas.org.
Regular Social Enterprise Chat sessions with Iridescent Ideas provide free 50 minute advice for people at all stages of their social enterprise journey.
Start up support with funding
If you’re based in Whitleigh, there’s an UnLtd social enterprise support programme specifically for you with grants of £500, £5000 and £15000 as well as training workshops. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more. Paul tells me that even if you’re not from Whitleigh it should be possible to join in with the workshops – so it’s worth getting in touch.
UnLtd also offer a range of national support initiatives including three levels of awards, £ 500.00, up to £ 5000.00 and £ 15,000.00 for individuals starting or growing their social ventures.
Power to Change is a new national programme established to provide support and funding to community businesses – locally owned and focused social enterprises. Devonport and Stonehouse are pilot Community Business Places, with support and opportunities for seed funding for community enterprises in these areas. Get in touch if you want to know more.
Social Enterprise Investment Fund
Unique to Plymouth, this provides loan and grant finance for existing social enterprises. Revenue funding of between £5,000 and £10,000 is available for business support with a view to accessing capital grants and loans to create jobs and bring buildings back into use. A 7th round of funding is open until 29th November 2017.
Arts and culture startups
If you’re working specifically within arts, culture, heritage and digital, specific support can be available via the Real Ideas Organisation.
Lots of social enterprises bank with the Credit Union, itself a social enterprise. Contact email@example.com to find out more.