About Social Enterprise Exchange

Social Enterprise Exchange is a project designed to offer a comprehensive programme of support for social enterprise in Sheffield City Region. It is delivered by a community-based consortium in collaboration with Sheffield City Region Growth Hub and funded by European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

The purpose of the project is to contribute to jobs, growth and social inclusion with the objective of supporting at least 120 social enterprises over a three year period, creating at least 50 social enterprise start-ups and delivering at least 50 new full-time sustainable jobs. Social Enterprise Exchange will promote social entrepreneurship, through awareness raising events, knowledge exchange and peer networking; it will provide step-up support for start-ups, including hot-desks, start-up grants and mentoring; and it will offer specialist enterprise advice and support for existing social enterprises to grow and to develop new products and services.

Social Enterprise Exchange has been developed by a consortium of specialist social enterprise support partners who have come together to offer a broad range of specialist support and to assure coverage throughout the Sheffield City Region. The core delivery partners are Community Media Solutions, South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Groundwork South Yorkshire, Cultural Industries Quarter Agency, Sheffield Local Television, Voluntary Action Barnsley and Community and Voluntary Partners. The partnership is supported by the engagement of a network of specialist advisors and neighbourhood-based local incubators.