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Free business support for Plymouth based social enterprises

Iridescent Ideas CIC are leading a partnership of fantastic local organisations and experts to deliver the Social Enterprise Advice and Support (SEAS) Programme. Commissioned by Plymouth City Council, and funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the programme is providing FREE business support and advice for Plymouth-based individuals, social enterprises and co-operatives. Support available includes access to expert, specialist one-to-one advice, workshops covering digital skills, creative technology, funding and finance, social investment,  marketing, business planning and a range of other related topics, as well as access to a suite of online courses. 

Gareth Hart, Director of Iridescent Ideas CIC said:

“Iridescent Ideas is delighted to lead the SEAS Programme. Our partnership includes world leading social enterprises and experts providing support on all aspects of starting, running and developing a social enterprise or co-op.

“We want to see social enterprise and co-operative ways of running businesses become the norm in Plymouth. We know that many people have brilliant ideas but they need a bit of support to help start up a social enterprise or co-op and also, many existing social enterprises and co-ops want to develop new services and products.

“The SEAS programme responds to that by providing free, easy to access business support and advice.”

The partnership and specialisms are listed below:

  • Cosmic – digital skills, leadership
  • Dirk Rohwedder (Enterprise with Purpose) – coaching, leadership, financial management
  • Diversity Business Incubator (DBI) – development, specialist support Black and Minority Ethnic social entrepreneurs
  • Iridescent Ideas – legal structures, governance, social enterprise start-up
  • Jon Rolls (BCause) – social investment, investment readiness
  • Paul Read (Drift) – business planning, growth, young people
  • Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) – networking and event promotion.
  • POP – networking and start-up funding advice.
  • Real Ideas – creative/digital tech social entrepreneurs, marketing, access to facilities. 

Interested? Email, visit the Iridescent Ideas website to find out more or REGISTER HERE!

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