Our staff has a strong track record of social enterprise business planning, grant application support, research and feasibility studies, financial support services, business coaching, leadership training, marketing and communications consultation, and more.
Ultimately we are focused on helping grow your social enterprise by taking ideas and building them into sustainable models. With a variety of services on offer and a large network of social entrepreneurs, business development professionals, public, private sector, and third sector organisations, we are strongly positioned to help build your social enterprise.
Big Potential Advanced Fund
Social Enterprise Acumen CIC and UNW are approved providers for the Big Potential Advanced Fund.
On Monday 13th July, 2015 the Big Lottery Fund launched the £10m Big Potential Advanced Fund. The new ‘Advanced’ route is an extension to Big Lottery Fund’s existing investment readiness programme, Big Potential. It will be supporting organisations at a more advanced stage in their social investment journey, looking to raise larger investments of over £500,000 as well as win contracts over £1m. The new advanced route will be available to those that are clear about how social investment could work for them and can describe a potential deal or interest from investors and need help to close that deal. Grants of up to £150,000 will be available.
For more information and to apply to either the Advanced or Breakthrough route go to Big Potential.
The North East Community Business Club is a Network for local community businesses to share experience, knowledge and support each other to tackle difficult issues by exploring enterprising ways of working. It aims to be a way of inspiring individuals and community groups to start their own enterprise or to take the next step in terms of trading or social investment. Membership is free to join us at a meeting in your area.
The Growth Strand of the Impact Management Programme that is being led by NPC (New Philanthropy Capital) and SIB (Social Investment Business) has £1.8m grant funding available for eligible charities and social enterprises who want to get even better at the process of impact management. Individual organisations can apply for up to £50k to work with an approved provider such as Social Enterprise Acumen CIC.
Do you have an idea for social action which you would like to turn into a successful social enterprise! Social Enterprise Acumen is starting a training course in Durham and Gateshead one morning each week over 6 weeks. Book a place on individual workshops or start the journey with your idea for a social enterprise and develop your plans over the 6 weeks. If you book all 6 sessions you’ll get 4 hours free individual coaching.
Cost £25 per session.
The Social Entrepreneurs Network is a free event open to all social entrepreneurs as well as people interested in learning more about social enterprise. Catch up with fellow social entrepreneurs and share progress, achievements, and encouragement. Whether you are an experienced social entrepreneur, an enthusiastic startup, or simply have a fantastic idea for the next great social enterprise, we would love to see you at our Social Entrepreneurs Network. Come along and share your passion for changing your community for the better.
Meet with Kate Welch for 40 minutes 1:1 coaching session to discuss your social enterprise. Kate is a serial social entrepreneur who is now working full time in Social Enterprise Acumen CIC to achieve the vision of creating enterprising communities in North East England and across the world. She is passionate about creating an ecosystem in which social entrepreneurs and social enterprises can thrive.