Thursday, 14 January 2021 10:21

Inspire Change in Your Community by Joining the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme

Bank of Scotland and the School for Social Entrepreneurs are calling out to motivated entrepreneurs with a desire to inspire social change to realise their dream by offering them a funding grant, business mentorship and year-long training programme.

The Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme comprises of practical facilitated learning in addition to financial grants provided to help Start Up entrepreneurs develop their social enterprise idea. The Start Up programme offers a £4,000 grant, a year of dedicated training and assigned ‘business mentor’ to aspiring entrepreneurs. While the Scale Up programme provides a £15,000 grant in addition to learning support and business mentorship to existing social entrepreneurs aiming to expand their enterprise.

Throughout January, February and March the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme will host taster sessions across the country to showcase the opportunities on offer to aspiring and existing social entrepreneurs. The taster sessions will give you a practical understanding of how the Programme works and if it’s right for you. Taster sessions in Scotland include:

Thursday 21 January 11am – 1pm, PwC, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX
Friday 22 January 11am – 1pm, PwC, 141 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7EQ
Thursday 04 February 11am – 1pm, PwC, 141 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7EQ
Thursday 18 February 11am – 1pm, PwC, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX
Thursday 17 March 11am – 1pm, The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn Loch, Kinghorn, Fife KY3 9YG

You can find out more or register to attend by visiting www.yourideastartshere.co.uk.

Students from the Programme have so far developed scores of unique and exciting enterprises that bring about significant benefits in their communities and further afield.

Matt Kitson is a recent graduate of the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Start Up Programme and founder of Driftwood Cinema in Dumfries and Galloway, a community mobile cinema which stages film events in rural towns and holds workshops to teach communities how to capture footage of their community events.

Speaking about the Programme, Mark said: “I think it’s often the case with social entrepreneurs like me that we have the concept and community relations but aren’t as strong on the business and financial aspects. The Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme has given me this expertise and my advice to any new social entrepreneur would be to get on the programme to receive the same support and advice that I have.”

The Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme and the partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs play a vital role in Bank of Scotland’s business strategy to Help Britain Prosper, and is dedicated to supporting social entrepreneurs in communities across the UK to help stimulate economic growth and regeneration. The Bank is committed to support 1,300 social entrepreneurs by 2017.

Paula Rogers, Head of the Social Entrepreneurs Enterprise Programme at Lloyds Banking Group said: “I have seen first-hand the positive impact that social entrepreneurs have in our society, and know of the immense benefit in nurturing their commitment to making a social impact through entrepreneurship. Our partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs sits right at the heart of our business strategy to help Britain prosper and we are eager to hear the new ideas to inspire social change that will come from this year’s students.”

Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “It is with great excitement that we welcome every year a new cohort of excited, ambitious and inspiring social entrepreneurs across the country who are all driven to help deliver social change in their communities. The taster sessions give you the perfect opportunity to learn all about the Programme and how it can help you develop your ideas.”

If you would like to attend a taster session, visit www.yourideastartshere.co.uk where you can find your nearest location and the relevant dates. Individuals are welcome to attend taster sessions and/or apply to any location. The Scale-up Programme is available in London and Liverpool.


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