Social enterprises

SE ASSIST is an award winning social investment programme delivering support to social enterprises since 2013.

Working with Charities Aid Foundation, Local Enterprise Networks and the Cabinet Office, SE Assist was set up to deliver a package of mentoring, financial and consultancy support for Social Enterprises initially in?the Brighton area, growing to include Croydon in 2014.

In?2015 we started the process in Wales. We work with the Charities Aid Foundation Venturesome (CAF), supporting many Welsh enterprises. These include the Wales Co-operative Centre, Business in the Community Wales and the Institute of Directors Wales.

Social entrepreneurs have the chance to get their businesses off the ground with the help of the scheme, which provides funding and support from businesses in their local communities. We have provided interest-free loans to 31 social enterprises in Sussex and Wales, investing £800,000 to date.Successful social enterprises will receive a support package which includes an interest free loan of between £10,000 and £30,000, a mentor as well as access to a bank of experts.

A selection?of some of the social enterprises we have supported so far are: