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Humber Social Enterprise Accelerator

Social Enterprises are an increasingly vital component of the U.K economy, and social enterprises in the Humber region are no exception. Whether it’s impact made on social, environmental, cultural, heritage or health challenges, social enterprises need a particular type of support to flourish – a type of support that is not always best served by generic business support programmes.

According to a report by the UK ScaleUp Institute, ‘social scaleups’ can add immense value to their local and regional economies by creating jobs, generating increased revenues to re-invest into their activities, and by scaling their impacts on the their communities. And yet, social scaleups still face commonplace growth barriers, such as access to right amount and type of finance, access to the right talent and sills, and contextual knowledge of UK markets and infrastructure all cited as obstacles to growth.

#GrowMySME is therefore delighted to announce a new partnership with leading voluntary, community and not for profit sector support organisation Northbank Forum to bring you the Humber Region’s first ever Social Enterprise Accelerator – The Humber SEA. The programme, running for 12 months from January 2020, will support existing social enterprises operating in the Humber who have the capacity to grow, create jobs and increase productivity. Support will be tailored to the specific needs of each organisation, and provided through one-to-one guidance and coaching, peer to peer sessions and one-to-many masterclasses.


Humber SEA – Eligibility

To receive support through the programme, social enterprises must complete an expression of interest form and registration form, and meet the eligibility requirements, which as a minimum include:

  • Be trading in the Humber area – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m
  • Have received less than €200,000 State Aid in a rolling 3-year period

Assistance is available to complete all relevant forms and assess eligibility.

The Humber SEA can work with the following types of social enterprise:

  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status
  • Companies Limited by Guarantee with Social Objectives
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs)
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)
  • Charitable Trusts

The Humber SEA can work with any or all relevant stakeholders in the organisation, for example directors, trustees, senior managers and staff (depending on organisational type & status). However, your social enterprise must be registered onto the Humber SEA in the first instance by a senior representative of your organisation; that is, a Director, Trustee or Chief Executive/Managing Director.

The Support Available

Eligible social enterprises will receive a minimum of 12 hours of support through the programme, focused on exploring growth opportunities and removing barriers to growth. In practice, this may include:

  • Support with Human Resource Management – employing and managing people, self-employment regulations, policies and procedures, the recruitment process
  • Planning and developing products or services – undertaking market research, pricing, building partnerships, getting good systems in place, demonstrating value
  • Funding and resourcing – social investment/social finance, trading and grant income, financial management and systems, developing assets/buildings

The support is flexible and will adapt to the individual organisation’s needs, however if you are looking to achieve one or more of the following impacts on your organisation then The Humber SEA is likely for you:

  • Job Creation
  • Increased volunteer levels
  • Businesses introducing new to firm products
  • Businesses introducing new to market products
  • Job Safeguarding
  • Increased Turnover
  • Productivity Improvements
  • Increased employee engagement

To learn more about the programme and discover if the available support can help your social enterprise achieve its plans for growth, please contact:

Fiona Wright

Delivery Officer – Humber Social Enterprise Accelerator Pilot

Northbank Forum

Goodwin Community Hub, 63 – 71 Anlaby Road, Hull, HU3 2LL

Mobile: 07377 387116


We’ve made it simple to access

We’ve already helped a number of businesses on their way to success and want to make it as simple as possible for you to access support too. If you’re interested in attending a bespoke one-to-one session, taking part in one of our workshops or finding out whether you’re eligible for a business grant, just follow our three simple steps:

Step 1.
Find the right scheme for you

The #GrowMySME programme offers support for businesses through three schemes. Browse this website for more information about each.

Step 2.
Are you eligible?

95% of SMEs in the Humber region may be eligible to access support. If you’re a business with under 250 full-time equivalent employees you should fit the bill.

Step 3.
Enquire now

Simply complete an Expression of Interest and we’ll check your eligibility for you. One of our advisors will then be in touch to find out how we can help.

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Is your business eligible?

As a minimum, your business must:

  • Be trading in the Humber area – Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Have less than 250 full-time equivalent employees
  • Have a turnover of less than €50m or a balance sheet of less than €43m

If eligible, SMEs will be able to apply for all aspects of the #GrowMySME programme.

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Want to find out more or chat about how we can help?

To find out more about the range of services, events and grants that the programme offers, contact us on our enquire now page or give us a call.

Finance for Growth, ICT for Growth and the Business Growth Scheme are supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme. These schemes are delivered by HEY Growth Hub and Hull City Council, in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and e-factor Group Ltd.