Social entrepreneurs are improving their local communities up and down the UK, working hard to respond to specific challenges in their areas. In a new partnership, UnLtd, Local Trust and 19 Big Local areas will be working together to accelerate social enterprise and increase local job creation over a three-year co-funded support programme.
The 19 areas taking part span a wide range of communities, including rural areas, new towns, market towns, suburbs and cities. All of them are part of the Big Local programme, a unique initiative that provides £1m and a package of support to each of 150 areas in England. Each of the areas put forward a proposal to UnLtd outlining their ambition to strengthen local social enterprise, and the selection panel also drew on UnLtd’s energy index, which measures social entrepreneurial activity in a neighbourhood.
Keighley Big Local is one of the areas. From October 2018 local people who have an idea which will directly benefit the residents of the Keighley Big Local area can get help to make their idea a reality. £50,000 is available to new Social Enterprise, plus with 2.5 Years dedicated support from Unltd Mentor and access to a National training calendar of learning clusters supported by Local Trust
If you are interested in applying for an award or helping new social entrepreneurs to establish a ‘good business’ please get in touch.