Free programme to support social enterprise start-ups

Edeal workshop

Lewes District Council’s free programme of support is returning for residents who have an idea for a social business or those who are early-stage social entrepreneurs. 

The council is funding the initiative and partnering with not-for-profit agency Edeal to deliver tailored support for social enterprises, beginning with a free one-day workshop on Monday 12 December, in Lewes Town Hall. 

The workshop will cover everything needed to start a successful business that creates positive social change including developing a robust social mission, market research, measuring social impact, social enterprise models and structures, plus the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs. 

Councillor Johnny Denis, Cabinet member for Communities and Customers, who is also an experienced social and co-operative entrepreneur and adviser, said: “We want to grow more businesses with a social or environmental purpose in Lewes district and this free programme provides excellent help for people to develop their ideas and launch their own enterprise. If you are interested, please do sign up now.”  

Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for Regeneration and Prosperity, said: “This is a great opportunity for would-be social entrepreneurs to get the support they need to start making a positive difference in our communities and contribute towards creating a sustainable local economy.” 

After the workshop, participants will be offered further help to progress their social enterprise through free one-to-one mentoring support with an Edeal business expert. 

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This is a free programme but places are limited. To book, email or call 01323 641144.