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Social entrepreneurs across Liverpool invited to join start-up programme

Liverpool’s social entrepreneurs are being invited to join a start-up programme which can provide up to £7,000 of financial support.

A taster session for the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme is taking place in the city centre next week.

The programme, run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund, is now in its sixth year and aims to support 2,350 entrepreneurs to start and scale social businesses by 2020.

It is looking for entrepreneurs across Liverpool who are interested in starting up or developing a business to create a positive social impact in the community to join its programme.

The programme provides entrepreneurs with financial support to start or scale up a social business (grants of £1,000 or a Match Trading™ grant of up to £7,000 depending on applicant’s eligibility), a “comprehensive” learning programme with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and a dedicated mentor from Lloyds Banking Group.

A new funding model, Match Trading™ was also introduced in 2017 to encourage social entrepreneurs to grow their business through trading and increase their sustainability by incentivising them to explore new markets and diversify income streams.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme are now open and the School for Social Entrepreneurs North West is hosting taster sessions to showcase what it has to offer.

The Liverpool taster session will take place on 13 April at Blackburne House (pictured) from 10am till 12pm.