Sharon Reid

 

There is still time to apply for Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, applications close on Wednesday 26th April at 13:00.

For the uninitiated, the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme is run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs. The programme was launched in 2012 as a means of supporting social entrepreneurs in their business endeavours, which in turn stimulates economic growth and regeneration across the UK.

Since its launch, the programme has supported over 1,300 entrepreneurs to start and grow social businesses, creating 7,000 jobs and 1.1 million beneficiaries. The programme provides entrepreneurs with ideas for social change, financial support; grants of up to £10,000, a comprehensive learning programme with School for Social Entrepreneurs and a dedicated business mentor from Lloyds Banking Group.Print

By 2020 the programme, which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, will have supported around 2,350 social entrepreneurs to start and grow innovative social organisations.

Discussing the partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Paul Rogers, Head of Social Enterprise at Lloyds said:

“Our partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs consolidates Lloyds Banking Group’s commitment to social entrepreneurs and our belief that economic and social prosperity can be achieved through supporting people and business within communities. We are proud to continue leading the way in helping Britain prosper by supporting entrepreneurs to start and grow social businesses.”IMG_2326

Equally positive about the wide –reaching social impact, Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs said:

“School for Social Entrepreneurs’ partnership with Lloyds Banking Group truly enables us to deliver on our enduring vision to reach inspired people with the desire to solve problems first-hand within their communities. The pioneering Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, has created thousands of jobs and benefited over a million beneficiaries. We look forward to continuing our work together to support people to drive positive social change in communities across the UK.”

While James Harcourt, Grant Making Director for England, Big Lottery Fund, is thankful to lottery players whose contributions assist with the funding of this important programme:

L-R: Paula Rogers -Head of Social Enterprise at Lloyds Banking Group, Sophie Unwin - Founder of Remade in Edinburgh & Winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (SEYA) 2016, Oli Barrett MBE - Host of SEYA 2016

L-R: Paula Rogers -Head of Social Enterprise at Lloyds Banking Group, Sophie Unwin – Founder of Remade in Edinburgh & Winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (SEYA) 2016, Oli Barrett MBE – Host of SEYA 2016

“Thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to continue our support for School for Social Entrepreneurs in delivering the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme. Collaborations like this allow us to maximise the impact of our funding, and the entrepreneurial aspect of the programme aligns with our commitment to putting people in the lead and having a positive impact in communities across England.”

Applications for the 2017-2018 Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, are open and taster sessions are also taking place across the UK. For more information and to register, please visit www.the-sse.org