Enterprise Development

The Enterprise Development Programme aims to provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them make a transition to new enterprise models or grow existing ones.

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Launched in September 2018, The Enterprise Development Programme is a five-year £40m programme funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment and managed by a coalition of partners. 

Homeless Link will be working to deliver the Enterprise Development Programme with the homelessness sector. The idea is to work to inspire organisations in the homelessness sector to become more financially resilient and support those who want to transition into new enterprise models with grant funding and through a training programme.

Homeless Link’s Enterprise Development Manager, Sophie Price, is available to support and mentor organisations in developing enterprise ideas in the early stages and can also advise about opportunities for growth for existing enterprises. Homeless Link’s social investment team will also research successful business models and offer guidance on replicating them.

Grant & Learning Programme

Grant Programme – two different types of grants will be available:

  • Feasibility Grants of between £5,000 to £10,000 to enable organisations to develop an enterprise idea from a very early stage
  • Development Grants of up to £50,000 for enterprise propositions which require further development or scaling and where there eventually may be potential requirement for investment.

Find out more about the Enterprise Grants.

Learning Programme – an Enterprise Learning programme which will be delivered by the Social of Social Entrepreneurs. This involves:

  • a Leadership Programme: 8+ days of learning for CEOs and directors
  • Peer Learning and expert support
  • to match trading grant of up to £10,000

The learning programme is fully funded by Access (including expenses). Places are limited to 20, so please apply as soon as possible as the closing date is the 31 October 2018. Find out more about the learning programme.

For any questions about applying, or to book a phone call or visit please contact Sophie Price

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Sophie Price

Sophie Price

Enterprise Development Manager

As the new enterprise development manager, I will be offering support to organisations that are thinking of exploring new enterprise models and require financial or business advice to make the transition, with the ultimate aim of taking on social investment in the future. 

Telephone: 020 7840 4417
Email: sophie.price@homelesslink.org.uk
Twitter: @SophEnterprise