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Enhance Social Enterprise

Enhance Social Enterprise (ESE) programme supports social enterprises and social entrepreneurs in Plymouth, Torbay, Devon and Somerset.

Through ESE, social enterprises and social entrepreneurs are supported to develop and launch new products and services, as well as entering new markets. Workshops and mentoring support are available for social enterprises looking to explore all aspects of their business including digital, leadership development and managing growth. For social enterprises not yet trading, support is available around legal structures and governance.

Social enterprises and social entrepreneurs can receive up to 12 hours of tailored business support from a range of partners, until Dec 2019.

As a project partner, Cosmic is delivering workshops and mentoring around: digital, leadership and growth.

Digital

  • Digital marketing and communications – social media, e-news, web
  • Digital fundraising – campaigns and platforms
  • Digital Productivity – operations and efficiencies
  • Future trends and digital strategy

Leadership

  • Strategic development and planning
  • Social enterprise vision – values – mission
  • Strategic marketing – building through influence, relationships and position
  • Leading and managing in social enterprises
  • Leading in transition – how to build agile social enterprises

Growth

  • Building sustainable and successful social enterprises
  • Planning for growth – investment, scaling-up, staffing and resources
  • Managing people through growth and change
  • Understanding IP
  • Thinking about exporting

To register your interest in receiving support under this programme contact please register your details. NB. under Further Information please stipulate that you are seeking Social Enterprise Support.  

If you are seeking support from Cosmic specifically, contact Helen Vines, Social Enterprise Advisor, at [email protected]

Further notes:  ESE is funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and local partners in order to increase the number of social enterprise start-ups and to support the growth of existing ones.

A HotSW (Heart of Devon SW Local Economic Partnership) Social Enterprise Survey (2016) found that the sector is growing in the region. There are over 1,000 social enterprises in the LEP area with a combined turnover estimated at around £1.5 billion. The number of people employed in the social enterprise sector in the HotSW LEP area is estimated to be 32,700 with at least as many volunteers also active.

While 80% of social enterprises plan to develop new products or services and 66% plan to increase their turnover by exploiting new markets, they have identified a number of support needs, including developing and introducing new products and services, measuring social value, and marketing and communications. ESE aims to address these needs.