UnLtd Awards

Awards to help start and grow your social enterprise

UnLtd offer support for enterprises with a social or environmental aim at the core of what they do. They have two types of awards available at present, for which expression’s of interest close on the 27th March 2018. Although this deadline is soon, award cycles run three times throughout the year, so good to keep in mind for future too!

Do It Awards

For those who want to create social change and would like to start working on an idea. Award includes 1-to-1 support, expert advice and access to resources including some funding.

Grow It Awards

For those who have identified a social issue and are committed to tackling it and have experience relevant to grow a venture. Award includes support to grow your venture and up to £15,000 funding.

For more information on UnLtd awards, visit their website.


Thrive: A Social Accelerator

‘Help your venture to Thrive’

Thrive is a new social accelerator run by UnLtd, aiming to help ambitious social ventures to scale. The programme will include six months of intensive support along with an opportunity to secure up to £50,000 for your venture.

20 social ventures will be supported each year and for their first cohort they are looking specifically for ventures which are working to improve access to employment for those distant from the labour market.

If you would like to find out more about the accelerator or are interested in applying, Cathryn Chrimes from UnLtd will be coming in on Thursday the 15th of March to talk to potential applicants. This information session will take place from 12-2pm in Learning Zone Pod 4. You can also read more about the accelerator online. 

Trading for Good report on Social Enterprise

The Impact of Social Enterprises

The Trading for Good report, commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales looks to provide a greater understanding into the impact which small and medium social enterprises are having on communities, in order to encourage more to be done to support them. The results reflect the diversity in their leadership and also the good they are doing for some of the poorest communities.

To read the report and some of the stand-out findings visit the Social Enterprise UK’s blog. 

Drivers for Change

‘A journey to creative social action’

Drivers for Change are looking for young leaders aged 18-26 who are motivated to create social change within their communities, to join a 10 day journey across the UK this Summer. The 10 day learning experience aims to inspire future leaders through exploring how the arts, social enterprise and business can come together to create social change in UK communities.  Through taking part in the programme it is hoped that participants will:

  • Build their networks, connect with like-minded people
  • Receive practical advice and support to create their own social action or enterprise plan
  • Be inspired by social leaders from across the UK
  • Access mentoring opportunities
  • Develop an understanding of a diverse range of social challenges around the UK

Applications close: 26th March 2018

To find out more about the programme and how to apply, please visit the Drivers for Change website.

New Year’s resolutions for social entrepreneurs

Five resolutions from the School for Social Entrepreneurs

Sophie Hobson, School for Social Entrepreneurs’ communications manager has written a post listing her 5 new year’s resolutions for social entrepreneurs.

The list includes:

  1. Always do the most important thing first.
  2.  Make time to work on the business, not in the business.
  3.  Find other social entrepreneurs who get how tough and lonely it can be.
  4. Rebrand the ‘failures’ or 2017 as ‘learnings.’
  5. Keep learning to be a leader.

Find out more by reading the full post on the School for Social Entrepreneurs Website.

Are Social Enterprises more sustainable, innovative and profitable?

‘Does doing good make you better?’

There are 471,000 social enterprises in the UK, making up for almost 9% of the total UK small business population. Government research has recently revealed that businesses which put their profits into social or environmental causes appear more likely to be innovative and profitable than traditional SMEs.The research also compared the types of challenges cited by SMEs and Social Enterprise Employers.

Take a look at some of the highlights from the study which was commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on Enterprise Nation’s blog.

Maybe you have an idea for a Social Enterprise? Book on to an IntroLab to tell us about it!

Social Saturday 2017

Support for Social Enterprises

Occurring this year on the 14th of October, Social Saturday is an annual campaign aiming to raise awareness of the difference that social enterprises are making in communities, not only locally, but also around the world. Social enterprises are businesses that put people and the planet first through re-investing their profits to provide training, employment, housing, health, education, clean water and much more.

Check out some of the great social enterprises that exist around the country online through Social Enterprise UK and see how you can support them! Find out more here.

UK Social Enterprise Awards 2017

Applications now open!

The UK Social Enterprise Awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector. All social enterprises can apply and there are specific categories that investors, corporates, public sector bodies and charities may also apply for.

Applications close on the 7th of July 2017 and the final awards ceremony will take place in London on the 23rd of November.

To find out more about the awards, the different categories and to access the online application form visit the Social Enterprise UK website.

Connecting Social Entrepreneurs Event

Joint University Networking Event

Join this University networking event for social innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders from across the North West. Facilitated by Flourish CIC this is the ideal opportunity to connect, collaborate, find out about relevant opportunities and hear inspirational speakers tell their stories.

When? 5-7:30pm, Wednesday 18th January 2017

Where? Old Abbey Taphouse, Guildhall Close, Manchester, M15 6SY

To attend, register online via Eventbrite. 

Spaces 4 Change

Transform an unused space

Spaces 4 Change is a programme aiming to find, fund, support and connect young people aged 16-24 to start and run social ventures using currently unused or under-utilised spaces for the benefit of the local community, in particular other young people.

From 2016-2019, 100 awards will be available for young leaders including up to £5,000 project funding, a dedicated award manager providing tailored support, cohort support, and peer to peer networking opportunities for sharing knowledge and learning. Those aged 18-24 will also have the opportunity to crowd fund alongside their award with the support of Spacehive.

Expression of Interest Deadline: 10th December

Click here to find out more and apply.