What’s on Offer?

Social Enterprises (or those aspiring to become one) can benefit from the HotSW Enhance Social Enterprise service.

Enhance Social Enterprise has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in order to support Social Enterprises to develop and launch new products and services as well as entering new markets. There will also be support for voluntary and community sector groups that want to transition into trading social enterprises as well as budding social entrepreneurs in need of help to develop their ideas to start trading

The programme involves a minimum of 12 hours of tailored business support, including topics such as

  • Business Development
  • Business Growth
  • Social Enterprise Leadership Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Financial Sustainability and Diversification
  • Legal Structure and Governance
  • Measuring Social Impact


Who’s it for?

The Enhance Social Enterprise programme is free for social enterprises that meet eligibility criteria within Devon, Plymouth, Somerset & Torbay.

The programme is only available to social enterprises (or those with an aspiration to be one) that have:

  • received less than €200,000 in state aid in the last 3 years
  • less than 250 employees
  • a turnover of less than €50 million.

Contact Information

T: 07870 913357

E: enhancesocialenterprise@devon.gov.uk

W: https://new.devon.gov.uk/economy/business-support/enhance-social-enterprise

In order to register for the programme, please check your eligibility.  If you are eligible, you can register using the online form.

The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is receiving up to £1,053,610 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding. The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council, working with the following delivery partners: Cosmic, School for Social Entrepreneurs – Dartington, Somerset Community Foundation, Devon Community Foundation, Real Ideas Organisation and Iridescent Ideas.

Can’t find the support service you are looking for?

If you would like to talk to one of our advisers about your business support needs so that we can match you to the most appropriate support available locally contact the Growth Hub today.

03456 047 047