BME Social Enterprise Startups, LDA.

Faith Regen UK delivered Social Enterprise Start-up Project funded by London Development Agency to support unemployed people from BME communities to start Social Enterprises through a joint programme of practical training and mentoring. The project worked with people from Asian (Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani) and Eastern European (Polish, Turkish and Kurdish) communities wishing to set up and run social enterprises.

Training were provided in fundraising, finance, marketing, sustainability, management, legal issues and ICT in order to reflect the unique requirements of social enterprises. An intensive mentoring programme delivering specialist support were provided to each start-up with one-to-one advice and guidance and assist in the development of soft skills such as building business networks as well as personal development including confidence building. The main aim was to assist new social enterprises in engaging with mainstream support agencies such as Business Link and also assist them in establishing their own business network and linking to mainstream national learning and support networks.