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