SEEK - STARTING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Real People Making Change Happen

We are working in partnership with The Platform, UnLtd, University of Chichester, and Croydon Council. .

If you have a vision to make a positive social and environmental impact through business, contact us.  Our StartUp Programme runs once a year.

The next group runs in March 2018 in Brighton, Chichester and Croydon. Courses are fully funded and include travel and childcare costs associated with your participation.

The SEEK Project is established to support people who are unemployed or economically inactive to set up new social enterprises and to gain the skills to move towards and into other employment opportunities.

The initiative offers a 6-month intensive StartUp programme that includes a variety of learning and support to help take the first steps to setting up a business that trades to tackle social problems, strengthen communities or improve the environment.

HOW ARE WE FUNDED?

This project has received funding under the Building Better Opportunities Programme which is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

Participants will gain access to a £500 StartUp fund; workshops and training; a mentor matched to their needs; opportunities to shadow social enterprise CEOs’ and Managers’ and build the connections they need to make their business a success.

GETTING STARTED!

New Applications Are Now Open!

  • Find our More – Visit our ROADSHOW on Wednesday 17th January
  • We’ll be recruiting our next cohort until the end of February 2018
  • Feel free to contact us with any queries you may have
  • At seek@startupcroydon.co.uk
  • To be eligible for the Croydon programme you must be:
  • Unemployed
  • 19 or over
  • Live within the CR postal area
  • Passionate about starting a social enterprise
  • Prepared to commit to all of the training days and mentoring that form the structure of the SEEK project.

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About Us

We are the accredited Enterprise Centre for Croydon, established since 1983. Having enabled more than 8,000 businesses to take their first steps into the world of enterprise, our services, facilities and community support have led to the endorsement of our skills in the form two successive national awards presented by the NEN: Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year 2016 and Enterprise Engagement Organisation 2017.

In addition, we achieved “Finalist” status in the Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2017 under the category of Best Charity or Social Enterprise.

 

OUR PARTNERS:

Councillor Mark Watson, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for economy and jobs, commented:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Croydon residents who are not in work to not only gain skills to move into employment, but also to strengthen their local community through their social enterprise.

There are already over 100 social enterprises in Croydon, transforming the way business is done in the borough. I’m pleased the council is working with partners to deliver the SEEK programme to support social entrepreneurs who will make a prosperous and dynamic contribution to Croydon’s local economy.”