On Monday 24th September we held an event to launch our SE-Assist initiative at the Care Co-Ops Social Enterprise Centre for Brighton & Hove. SE-Assist has been designed to offer a package of support to five social enterprises in the Brighton and Hove area which will include an interest free loan, mentoring and expert business advice.
The number of social enterprises which attended the launch created a great energy in the room. Such a positive turnout clearly illustrated the levels of interest and brought home what a genuinely exciting and worthwhile initiative this is.
The launch event had speakers that included the Minister for Social Enterprise Jo Swinson, Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and CAF Chief Executive John Low.
The feedback from the social enterprises was very positive but with some tough questions being asked as well, which demonstrated the extensive social enterprise expertise that can be found in Brighton and Hove area.
Whilst Caroline Lucas highlighted how this type of project will help her to deliver one of her key priorities, “to build a strong resilient local economy” and praised the social enterprise model as being “win-win”.
We need others in financial services to follow the great lead shown by Legal & General in providing start up capital and vital business advice which can get great projects off the ground.
John Low – Chief Executive, Charities Aid Foundation