First Steps in Social Enterprise

First Steps in Social Enterprise is designed to benefit anyone in the BME community with a social enterprise idea, sole traders considering social enterprises, new start social enterprises that want to strengthen their model and people or groups considering a move from the voluntary sector to a social enterprise model.

First Steps is delivered in classroom sessions and/ or online.

The programme is designed to support aspiring social entrepreneurs’ ideas through a structured 10-week programme. The programme includes:

  • 10 full day sessions (10am to 4pm)
  • Complimentary online package & moderated Facebook group
  • Online option

What will it give me?

The sessions are driven by your social enterprise journey. First Steps will help you systematically map the mission-critical areas of your business plan, engaging practical tools, legal and financial knowledge, and business theory to support your social enterprise.

You will:

  • define your product and target market
  • explore the viability, human resources, profitability, delivery plan
  • learn about quality assurance systems and social impact issues in a peer context

Find a classroom session near me >>
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Are you looking for support for an established social enterprise?
Find out more about our Step Ahead Programme >>

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Up and coming  First Steps Training courses:


Race Equality through economic and social justice