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.
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Social Venture support is also available from Participate Projects, if you have an idea for a social project that you want to start or grow you get in touch with Rachel@participateprojects.org.uk and find out more about the social venture school and the 1 to 1 support. We can help you from figuring out the best legal structure to be, how to get up and running to fundraising.
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Connecting buyers with Social Enterprise:
Keighley Big Local is committed to helping create a local environment for social enterprise and good business to thrive. We can achieve a thriving community of Social Enterprise by supporting a community focused and innovative ways to tackle challenges, helping us deliver the Big Local Plan and making Keighley an even better place to live, work and play.
Social Enterprise UK connects buyers with Social Enterprise and Good Business through The Buy Social Directory.
The Buy Social Directory is an online resource to encourage more buyers to acquire goods, services, and products from social enterprise and good business .
With over 8,000 social enterprise suppliers it is the largest database of its kind in the UK.
If you are a Social Enterprise or Good Business local to Keighley, promoting the opportunities you offer on the Directory is easy, all you need to do is carry out the following steps:
Click on the logo and register as a supplier!