'Business Navigator' FREE signposting service for Brighton area

Whether you are a new business or social enterprise, growing or looking to become more sustainable, there is support available to help make it happen. In 2015 Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce delivered the Business Navigator service in the Brighton area, and now in its second year we are helping to spread the word about the new team of Business Navigators based in Shoreham.

This FREE signposting service helps businesses navigate the myriad growth schemes and providers in order to help you access grants, funding and other practical support. Claire Atkinson, is the Business Navigator for the Brighton area, and she is providing a free service to businesses in the area via the telephone or face to face. Claire will guide you to the right local and national schemes, advice and support to help your business develop and grow. Claire can help you save time, money and stress by locating the best potential opportunities.

You can reach Claire on 07912 894409 or email claire@prevista.co.uk

The service is FREE to use – all you need to do is talk to Claire claire.atkinson@c2cbusiness.org.uk at Coast to Capital.

Free funding workshop - 3 November

Economic Change CIC is offering a free funding workshop on 3 November, 10am to 12pm at Wagner Hall, Brighton, to explore support available for charities and social enterprises to help fund investment readiness or to take on larger contracts.

The Big Potential fund will be explained and advice available on how to apply for the money that will pay for professional support that will help you measure your social impact and have the systems in place to be investment/contract ready. The programme aims to raise awareness of the social investment market

Economic Change is one of the preferred providers for The Big Potential Breakthrough Fund, which will deliver approximately £10m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) organisations with the aim of improving sustainability, capacity and scale to deliver greater social impact.

To book a free place for this event, visit their website and click on the Brighton link: http://www.economicchange.co.uk/big-potential-funding-workshops/

Free one-to-one support for Social Enterprises

You can book one-to-one support to help develop your existing social enterprise or start a new one!

Free one to one support available until end of April 2016, from West Sussex Social Enterprise Network.

Voluntary Action Arun and Chichester – will give one to one support for Chichester and Arun based groups. Contact VAAC, 01243 840305 or email  referral@vaac.org.uk

University of Chichester – for support with your business plan or marketing strategy contact Gareth Sear, 01243 812041 or email G.Sear@chi.ac.uk

Sandpiper Business Support Ltd – for support to voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises outside Arun and Chichester Contact Barbara Beaton, 01424 893698 or email barbara.beaton@sandpiperbusiness.co.uk

Social Enterprise Hub Incubation Competition

The Platform is very excited to announce a new opportunity for a social enterprise to benefit from incubation support in the social enterprise hub at The Platform; including free work space and a range of resources and activity.

The competition is open to all social enterprises, start-up and established, that feel they would benefit from basing themselves at Brighton & Hove’s vibrant social enterprise hub and from full engagement in the support and activity The Platform has to offer.

What will you get from the Social Enterprise Hub?

  • A base for a 6-month period
  • A free individual desk space in a dynamic shared office space (with potential to rent the desk after 6 months)
  • Central Brighton location, just off West St and close to the beach!
  • Free phone line for local landline calls
  • Reasonable use of photocopier
  • Access to reception for message taking and deliveries
  • Access to wi-fi & broadband internet
  • Lockable filing cabinet
  • Support with finance; forecasting, spreadsheets, cash flow (6 hours across the 6 months)
  • Use of meeting rooms (60 hours across the 6 months)
  • Own set of keys – to enable access to office between 9-6 Mon – Fri
  • Use of postal address
  • Close access to car parks
  • Free attendance at Social Enterprise Support Events and support (mandatory where relevant)
  • Access to informal in-house support and resources
  • Access to support from volunteer experts and work placements
  • Access to the most recent news and knowledge about social enterprise
  • 1 free use of Wagner Hall and training rooms and further uses heavily discounted
  • Kitchen facilities with microwave, teas and coffees
  • Being at the centre of the growing community of social entrepreneurs in the city, with continual organic connections and introductions to like-minded entrepreneurs

What you will commit to the Social Enterprise Hub:

  • Monthly blog posts on your experience and progress
  • Involvement in wider publicity activity
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Attending social enterprise events
  • Being open to supporting The Platform and other social enterprises, wherever possible

How to apply?
Return a complete Expression of Interest form to emma.turner@theplatform.org.uk by 12noon on the 28th Feb. Downloadable here.