First Steps in Social Enterprise Nottingham

Applications are open now


First Steps In Social Enterprise is free and open to existing and aspiring social entrepreneurs from BME (Black and Ethnic Minority) backgrounds.

Are you a sole trader, or have a skill and want to develop a business that benefits the community?
Have a social enterprise idea / social enterprise at an early stage?
Want to develop a social enterprise model from an existing community organisation?
Are an entrepreneur that wants to develop a social enterprise?
Are a working and/or living in Nottingham or Derby?

The programme is designed to support aspiring social entrepreneurs’ ideas through a structured 12-week programme and 9 months online support including access to a moderated FaceBook group with online training.

The programme includes
  • 10 full day sessions 10-4
  • 9 months complimentary online including moderated Facebook group
  • Option to apply for First Steps in Social Enterprise online
  • Applications Open February 15th
  • Applications close March 15th
  • Interviews March 18th to 21st
  • 3-month programme runs March 23rd to June 15th
  • Online support runs to March 31st 2020

Download the application form now

then send it back to

or send a hard copie to First Steps In Social Enterprise Programme, Olmec, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 OQH.

What they say about First Steps: 

“Wonderful structure and very studentcentric, Sam Obeng is a superb trainer”

 First Steps participant

“First Steps taught me what ‘fit for purpose’ really means”

Annetta Bennet, Impact Diversion

First Steps in Social Enterprise is an innovative business support programme offering 10 days training and mentoring over 3 month with a 9 month online package. The programme is delivered by high quality experienced specialists designed for minority ethnic backgrounds or someone with a business idea that will benefit from the wider community and social housing residents. You will work through your social enterprise idea in a peer environment. First Steps in Social Enterprise systematically helps you understand and map the mission critical areas of a business plan, engaging practical tools, legal and financial knowledge, and business theory to your social enterprise. You will work through the product, the market, the viability, human resources, profitability, delivery plan, quality assurance systems and social impact issues in a peer context.