Four local Sussex social enterprises are receiving support from SE-Assist, a ground breaking project supported by Legal & General, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and the Cabinet Office.
SE Assist aims to deliver a blended package of support to social enterprises to help grow them, the local community and the social investment marketplace, and support the local economy.
On 10 December 2012, four social enterprises pitched for support to the Brighton & Hove Social Investment Committee, chaired by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, and made up of representatives from CAF, Legal & General and local stakeholders including the editor of the Argus, Michael Beard and the Chief Executive of Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, Tony Mernagh.
The passion of the social entrepreneurs was evident, the pitches were of a high standard and the business ideas demonstrated a real commitment to supporting the local economy. All this created some lively debate within the Committee.
The Sussex Community Internet Project, hisBe and ParentSkool are each to receive a £10,000 interest free loan, mentoring and access to £5,000 worth of expert consultants, whilst the Little Green Pig Writing Project is to get mentoring support from L&G employees to help them develop their business idea.
Over the next few weeks the social enterprises and their mentors will work together to finalise the details, and work will begin in earnest in the New Year.
The SE Assist programme is to continue in Sussex and will also extend to another L&G location in 2013, where social enterprises need to thrive and grow.