Community Business Trade Up Programme

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change, is accepting applications from across England to its Community Business Trade Up Programme.

The programme is for community businesses that want to grow by increasing their sales (trading). A community business is run by and for a local community. Its profits are reinvested for the benefit of that community.

They will be working towards these criteria:

  • Locally rooted
  • Accountable to the local community
  • Trading for the benefit of the local community
  • Making a broad community impact

The Community Business Trade Up Programme helps the leaders of community businesses in England. It focuses on growing income from trading, to improve impact and sustainability.

It offers:

  • A learning programme: 12 days spread over nine months
  • A Match Trading grant of up to £10,000
  • A community of people running organisations like yours

Grants of up to £10,000 are provided by Power to Change, who is fully funding this programme so there is no cost to successful applicants at any point.

The learning programme runs from June 2019 to March 2020.

This programme has already supported 130 community businesses. In the first cohort of the programme, community businesses typically increased their income from trading by 92% in one year. In 2019, a further 80 community businesses will be supported.

Although the programme runs from seven locations across England (Birmingham, Bristol, Cornwall, Liverpool, London, Winchester, and York), the programme is open to community businesses from across England.

Information sessions will be held in different locations across England during January and February. There will also be an online information session on 5th February (12pm to 1pm).

Full details can be found on the SSE website: https://www.the-sse.org/courses/community-business/

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