Social Enterprise School Our social enterprise school offers a 12-14 week training program, which delivers practical, person-centred workshops on business processes, how to face the fear of starting a social business and managing setbacks. Targeted surgeries will concentrate on those activities that confuse or cause stress and we will have various guests, bid writers and business mentors to inspire and guide. Testimonials: My name is Ana Calistru and I am the founder of the Wise Living with Ana social enterprise. This enterprise started from my passion for the environment and people and its aim is to offer safe, ecological cleaning services and consultancy to regular households. Since the launch of this social enterprise we have also held many free seminars aiming to educate people about the benefits of using natural cleaning products. I am very grateful to all the people involved in the initiation of this wonderful project. Not only do I finally feel happy and productive in my career, but I see every day how my business contributes to a beautiful social change. This would not have been possible without the support and guidance of the Missing Kind's Social Enterprise School. Our wonderful, dedicated teacher, Jacqui Starling took us through a brilliant course where we learned everything we needed to know about what a social enterprise is, how to start it and how to run it. Not only was she a wonderful teacher, but she also made sure we had a support group and mentors to guide us through. Long after the course was done, she continued meeting with us, hearing our stories, encouraging us and supporting us with any resource she could think of. And when the idea didn't come in the spot she would call us later on with a solution. Ana Calistru, Social Enterprise School Graduate and Owner of Wise Living With Ana I enjoyed the course and felt the support from the facilitator and the team at TMK was second to none. Highly recommended. I have learnt so much and I feel confident in moving forward with Jamaikin Mi Hungry as a result of this! Eileen, Social Enterprise School Graduate and owner of Jamaikin' Mi Hungry. Social Enterprise Schools are run in collaboration with Lola Stafford Consulting. Future Social Enterprise Schools Our latest Social Enterprise School was sponsored by the Santander Discovery Grant. The School ran from Saturday 10th February to Saturday 5th May and was open to anyone who was interested in starting up a Social Enterprise but may have encountered some personal challenges or barriers and need practical support in a relaxed environment. The full 12-week programme included: What is a social enterprise? What a Business Plan should include Legal obligations and financial planning Managing anxiety and preparing for success Sales, marketing and branding PLUS: Targeted interactive surgeries on registering businesses and creating governing documents, completing a grant bid, using social media and writing policy documents. We're currently exploring options for funding future schools. To register your interest in supporting or attending one of our future schools please contact [email protected] or call 01603 850309 Hugh Callacher, founder of the Missing Kind charity says We support ethical commercial endeavour and aim to develop networks of social enterprise companies, that will contribute to support the next generation of social entrepreneurs to success. We will stimulate communal wellbeing, kindness, sufficiency and fun into our network, to maximise the success of all those connected with us.