Search on for social entrepreneurs

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A recruitment drive begins this week to unearth Cornwall’s most promising social entrepreneurs – with a share of £1 million a year to help them change thousands of people’s lives.

Successful applicants will receive a place on the UK’s leading specialist learning programme plus awards of £4k and £15k to help them start up and scale their business ideas for maximum success and social impact.

And one participant who is scaling their organisation will be selected from winners around the UK to receive an awards package of £25k.

The programme in Cornwall will be delivered by the Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (CSSE), and will incorporate a robust recruitment process for applicants.

The Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme has been made possible thanks to a major funding commitment from Lloyds Banking Group and additional investment from Nominet Trust.

Sally Heard, CSSE Manager, said: “To tackle the huge social and environmental challenges that we face today in Cornwall we need to recruit inspirational people with entrepreneurial flair from our communities – and give them the best tools to succeed.

“Our vision is to build a force of community entrepreneurs who will unleash the potential for people powered change, leading initiatives that bring business skills and social aims together to lift the fortunes of thousands of people.”

Cornwall SSE was the seventh SSE to become established in the UK with support from the ESF Convergence Programme co-financed by Jobcentre Plus via Cornwall Works for Social Enterprise.

George Eustice, MP for Camborne and Redruth, added: “I am delighted that Cornwall is one of the locations that will benefit from the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme.

“The School for Social Entrepreneurs has already provided a great deal of support to Cornwall’s flourishing social enterprise sector, and this programme will ensure that the school’s impact continues to be felt in our communities.”

For more information or to apply, click here.