ESSENCE delivers the Exeter component of the activities for The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme. This programme is receiving up to £1,053,610 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding. Thanks to this contract we are able to offer free (signposting to) business support. We are particularly excited that it enables us to collaborate more closely with the other regional Social Enterprise Networks.
As part of enhancing the work of Social Enterprise Network, ESSENCE receives support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, through the Postcode Innovation Trust. Thanks to this funding we are able to offer workshops and business advice for free.