A helping hand for subpostmasters

Feb 6, 2019 | NFSP

Kevin Whitlock

Community businesses across England have until 1pm on 14 February to apply for a learning programme and a grant of up to £10,000.

Open to early-stage community businesses that are planning to grow by increasing their trading and sales, the Community Business Trade Up Programme run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) in partnership with Power to Change, is open for applications now.

The programme exists to support organisations that are:

  • Locally rooted – focused on improving the local community
  • Accountable to the local community
  • Trading for community benefit and not purely for private profit

Post Offices have been identified as a business model likely to benefit from the programme and match the eligibility criteria. Successful applicants to the programme will benefit from a package of support including:

  • up to £10,000 (awarded as a Match Trading grant)
  • a fully funded nine-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days)
  • a network of supportive peers

The programme is designed to develop the skills, strengths and networks of the participants so they can go on to increase their local impact and income from trading. It starts in June 2019 and there are 80 places for community business leaders across England. The programme is delivered at seven locations across England - applicants may apply from any English County providing they are happy to travel to one of the delivery locations on programme days.

The programme has already supported 130 community business leaders in 2017 and 2018. As a result of taking part in the programme, the first cohort of the programme achieved a typical 92% increase in income from trading.

Community businesses can find out more and apply until 14 February 2019, at: Community Business Programme

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