East Anglia: Lloyds Banking Group backs School for Social Entrepreneurs

LLOYDS Banking Group has agreed a five-year programme of support for the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), which includes a school in Ipswich.

From April, Lloyds will support 100 social entrepreneurs each year in receiving support from the SSE through its learning programme together with grants ranging in value from �4,000 to �25,000.

The scheme is open to social entrepreneurs anywhere in the UK who are addressing a social need or a problem in their community or in wider society.

Paul Turner, Lloyds Banking Group community and sustainable business director, said: “This programme will leave a powerful legacy in communities across the UK.”

Alastair Wilson, chief executive of the SSE, said: “Economic growth and regeneration in the UK will come from people working locally. This partnership will make a real and lasting difference.”

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Celia Hodson, chief executive of the Eastern Enterprise Hub, which holds the School for Social Entrepreneurs franchise in the East, also welcomed the partnership.

“It’s not only a fantastic opportunity for budding social entrepreneurs but firmly positions the social enterprise sector as a catalyst for economic growth and positive community cohesion,” she said.

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