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Published 6th Apr 2017

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is open for applications. It is looking for individuals starting up and running organisations creating social and environmental impact across Middlesbrough to join its award-winning programme.

The Programme provides social entrepreneurs who are tackling some of the most difficult social issues within their communities with 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 to start and grow their own businesses. By empowering entrepreneurs to start up and grow businesses, Lloyds Banking Group is delivering on its ambition to help Britain prosper and accelerate positive economic and social development across the UK.

The programme sits at the heart of Lloyds Banking Group’s Helping Britain Prosper Plan 2017 to help people, businesses and communities across the UK by supporting skills and training and will support 2,350 social entrepreneurs by 2020.

Applications are now open at and School for Social Entrepreneurs Yorkshire, Humber & North East is hosting taster sessions to showcase what the programme has to offer and if it is right for you.

The Middlesbrough taster session is:

• Tuesday 11th April, 10.00-12.00 at Grangetown Training Hub, Grangetown Neighbourhood Centre, Bolckow Road, Grangetown, Middlesbrough TS6 7BS

Russell Galley, Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for Yorkshire & Humber said:

“The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs provides an exciting opportunity for entrepreneurial individuals across Yorkshire & Humber to grow social enterprises, charities and projects that address first-hand pressing issues within our local community. We believe supporting local people and businesses is a key way to drive economic and social prosperity across the UK as part of our commitment to helping Britain prosper”.

James Harcourt, Grant Making Director for England, Big Lottery Fund said:

“Thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to continue our support for the 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.”

Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs said:
“As the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, opens to welcome another cohort of inspiring and motivated individuals from across the UK, we are excited to observe how their ideas will grow and develop through the comprehensive support of a grant, learning programme and dedicated mentor from Lloyds Banking Group. We look forward to supporting these social entrepreneurs on their unique journeys to create positive social and environmental impact in their local communities”.

To attend a taster session and for more details on applying to the 2017-2018 Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, visit

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