Help get your business idea off the ground with Thurrock Social Entrepreneurship Programme

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Help get your business idea off the ground with Thurrock Social Entrepreneurship Programme

ASPIRING entrepreneurs in Thurrock are being encouraged to apply for a free programme which could help them bring their ideas for tackling social or environmental issues to life.

Thurrock Social Entrepreneurship Programme, which is run by School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Thurrock Council, will give Thurrock residents the chance to access the guidance and support needed to start up a business idea that benefits the borough.

The 18 successful applicants will be supported to start up social enterprises that seek to tackle either social or environmental issues.

Anyone based in Thurrock can apply and applicants don’t need to have registered their organisation officially, but must have considered how their idea could make money.

The 18 social entrepreneurs will attend 12 in-person learning days between October and September 2019, and will be matched with a mentor for one-to-one support.

Cllr Mark Coxshall, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Regeneration, said: “This is another fine example of how we are supporting both residents and businesses to improve Thurrock and make it an even better place to live, work, play and learn.

“The free programme will give people the guidance, skills and confidence they need to realise their ambitions as would-be entrepreneurs and lead successful social enterprises that benefits their communities.”

Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “We know there are people in every community who have innovative business ideas to help their local area but don’t know how to get things up-and-running.

“We’re proud to be working with Thurrock Council to empower people in Thurrock to take action to start up projects that help people or impact the environment.”

Applications can be made online and must be submitted by the deadline on Monday, 17 September.

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