THE search is under way to find Yorkshire’s most promising social entrepreneurs – with a share of £1m a year on offer to help them change the lives of thousands of people.
Successful applicants will win a place on the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme delivered by the Yorkshire and Humber School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Awards of £4,000 and £15,000 will help them start up and build on their business ideas.
One participant will be chosen from winners around the UK to receive an awards package of £25,000.
The programme was welcomed by Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who said: “Social enterprise will be the key to a renaissance of our communities and bring new life and employment opportunities in towns and cities.”
A social entrepreneur is someone committed to addressing a social need or problem in the community and who shows entrepreneurial skills in doing so.
Don Young, who chairs the Yorkshire and Humber school, said: “To tackle the huge social and environmental challenges that we face, we need to recruit inspirational people with entrepreneurial flair – and give them the best tools to succeed.
“Our vision is to build a force of community entrepreneurs who will unleash the potential for people-powered change, leading initiatives that bring business skills and social aims together to lift the fortunes of thousands of people.”
The closing date is May 25. For details go to www.the-sse.org/lloydsbankinggroup