As you will see from our website, Social Enterprise Kent is a working social enterprise. We don’t just give advice, but run our own businesses and we practice what we preach. We’ve experienced the highs and lows of running a social enterprise which puts us in a strong position to support you.
Over the years we’ve won bids to deliver social enterprise support, namely RISE, ECCE and STAMP. These have been in the form a specialist social entrepreneurship training, helping people people gain or regain employment, to developing a framework. Our efforts have enabled people like you to make an even more significant impact and we are so proud of our achievements, and the achievements of those we have worked with. You can read our Success Stories.
As a social enterprise, it is important to us that we support other social enterprises. So, if you run a voluntary, charity or social enterprise, you may be eligible for free business support. Take a look at the project below.
Often when social entrepreneurs want to start their own social enterprise as a charity or community interest company, it’s difficult to get the right support and information along the journey to social impact.
Social Enterprise Kent has been delivering 12 hours of free one-to-one support under South East Business Boost, with support from the Kent and Medway Growth Hub.
Unfortunately the fully funded places are now booked up, but still get in contact and we will see if we can help on a more informal basis!
The STAMP Programme was an initiative funded by Kent County Council, Public Health and the Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups to support the development of a network of sustainable Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations with the resources to continue to deliver outstanding adult health and social care services. By accessing a series of high-quality local conferences, impactful training workshops and expert advice and coaching, frontline VCSE organisations will be able to lay the foundations for sustainable growth and development.
Balancing needs of clients alongside those of commercial enterprise could cause problems for organisations with a social purpose. This is a challenge but it also creates a niche market for growth. Many NGOs (Non-Government Organisations) have potential to become quality providers of jobs, supporting by the emergence of enterprise. Some of the world’s best and most successful entrepreneurs have been excluded members of society in their personal past. Using their natural entrepreneurship “street-wise” skills are used to overcome poverty and disadvantage. Many have had no entry-level qualifications that would have allowed them to access HE.