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Community Business Trade Up - Applications are now open!

Fri 14 Jul 2017

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) will support 100 community businesses through the Community Business Trade Up Programme, in partnership with Power to Change.

They'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.

It’s a great opportunity for community-focused organisations in the Midlands looking to grow, so please do refer any you know to https://www.the-sse.org/community-business

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11th October 2017. Interested parties are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest by the end of August, via the web-page above, for advice on whether they should submit a full application.

SSE has 20 years’ experience of supporting the learning of social entrepreneurs and people running community projects.

Who should apply to Community Business Trade Up?

They're looking for organisations that are run by and for a local community, for a social purpose. They should be trading or planning to trade and their profits should be reinvested for the benefit of that community.

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. Find out more and apply at https://www.the-sse.org/community-business