What was the Enhance Social Enterprise Programme?
The programme aims were:
- increase the number of social enterprises in the region
- help existing social enterprises develop and grow
- support organisations transitioning to a social enterprise model
- advise budding social entrepreneurs
- develop the ecosystem for social enterprise support by investing in the social enterprise networks in the region.
Beneficiaries were supported through:
- one to one business support tailored to their business needs
- workshops and webinars
- events targeted at specific sectors.
What has the ESE Programme achieved?
What beneficiaries say about the ESE business support they have received
Creating a network of networks
- have access to networking and training events
- be added to an asset map of businesses in the Heart of the South West area
- allow members of the public the use of the information to procure goods and services
- Community Wealth Building, held on Thursday 27 February 2020 on Transforming people and places – the evolving role of procurement and commissioning
- September 2020 the ESE Network held a series of online events on the theme of building a better future through transformative social enterprise businesses.
Social enterprises need to be right at the heart of new ideas and transformation that comes out of this crisis. We need a radical shift in the way we think about business and we need to move to a fairer economy. An economy where businesses create decent work and where the dividends of growth and prosperity are more equally shared. An economy that creates wellbeing and that enhances, not degrades the environment and creates inclusive prosperity
The Impact of Social Enterprises across the Heart of the South West
- work with social enterprises across the HotSW to find out how they measure their social impact
- produce a report which concludes that the wealth and breadth of ways of recording and measuring social value make it difficult to collectively measure and record social value
The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme project is receiving up to £986,503 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit the guidance on England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)