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New support offer for Big Local areas

UnLtd can help you grow social entrepreneurs

May 2017

We’re offering fantastic new support for Big Local partnerships who want to work with passionate and committed social entrepreneurs in their areas to deliver Big Local plans and priorities.

Update 24/07/16: Expressions of interest are now closed for this support offer

By Pam Hardisty, Head of Community Entrepreneurship, UnLtd

Build a lasting legacy

We know that you want a great future for all your residents and that you want to nurture local talent. We can help you do this and ensure there is a real legacy for your Big Local area with opportunities for those who have not had them before.

UnLtd’s previous work with Local Trust has demonstrated that social entrepreneurs and the ventures they run create real benefit for local residents. Social entrepreneurs can create services that really fit local needs because they live there too. For example, you can read about how social entrepreneur Rachella Sinclair has helped build community markets and local enterprise in Noel Park Big Local or how Sam Delaney’s social enterprise is helping recovering drug and alcohol users in North Cleethorpes Big Local.

We are looking for ambitious Big Local Partnerships with a commitment to working with social entrepreneurs and who are willing to invest £50,000 over three years. In return, UnLtd and Local Trust will invest an additional £100,000 of support funds over those three years to each Big Local area they work with.

Together, we can create a sustainable legacy that creates jobs and makes your place a better place to live:

  • more of your residents making more money that stays in your area
  • more businesses and social ventures able to survive and carry on employing local people
  • more influence and control over the services you want in your area

Tailored support for your area

UnLtd will work with you to create customised support for social entrepreneurs in your area, helping them to access new markets and investment streams and develop new resources.

Each area will be different. Our activity might include gathering inspiration from successful entrepreneurs elsewhere, thinking about what entrepreneur support might look like in your area and finding additional money or markets for your social entrepreneurs.

The full offer will include:

  • Help from us and from social entrepreneurs to turn your action plan into reality
  • A commitment to work alongside you for three years
  • £100,000 of additional support funds to add to your investment of £50,000
  • Support and training to help capture and measure the impact of social entrepreneurs
  • A range of direct support for social entrepreneurs in your area:
    • technical business support workshops
    • coaching and one to one sessions
    • investment advice for those who are ready
    • help with connections and access to markets

This is an exclusive opportunity – the programme of support is available to only 20 Big Local areas in England. It will be based on a three-way collaboration between Big Local partnerships, Local Trust and UnLtd.

How to find out more

If you’re interested in taking up this offer, email me, as soon as possible. I’ll put you in touch with the UnLtd Award Manager who looks after your area of England. They will talk things over with you around your Big Local partnership’s ambitions, the challenges you face and whether this approach is right for your area. If your area decides to proceed, the Award Manager will ask you to submit an expression of interest by mid-July 2017.

Update 24/07/16: Expressions of interest are now closed for this support offer


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