Big Enterprise in Communities (BEiC) is a £6.6M initiative funded through the ERDF Investment Framework for Action Area 4.1 – to Stimulate Enterprise in Disadvantaged Communities and Under-Represented Groups. Social Enterprise North West is the lead agency for the project and through a delivery panel of organisations is working across eligible wards in Greater Merseyside to deliver business start up support to individuals, and business advice and support to Social Enterprises.
Staged Programme Delivery
➢ Stage One (Pre) Pre-Start Up Awareness Raising Workshops (Community Engagement)
➢ Stage Two Pre-Start Up Group-based Workshop Support & Action Planning
➢ Stage Three Business Creation Start Up Assistance, including Business Planning
➢ Stage Four Social Enterprise Intermediate Business Development Support
➢ Stage Five Social Enterprise Intensive Support – Growth, Income & Diversification
Merseyside Expanding Horizons are one of the delivery organisations for this programme, we aim to support social enterprises working with underrepresented groups to grow and develop. We specifically work with organisations who would like to develop work with European funding and we have a good track record in successfully accessing funding streams. We also support individuals with health and social needs to develop their business ideas and start their own business, within in this area we particularly work with people with mental health issues, disabled people, and people with drug addiction problems.
If you are interested in receiving support through this Programme, either as an individual wishing to start a business or as an established Social Enterprise looking for some business support, then please contact Joe Hemington for further information.
Telephone: 0151 330 0552
Other Delivery organisations are:
• Chara Trust
• Granby Toxteth Development Trust
• Knowsley Community and Voluntary Services
• Liverpool Vision
• Merseyside Expanding Horizons
• The Prince’s Trust
• South Sefton Development Trust
For more indormation go to http://www.senw.org.uk/business-support/