The Wigan economy is set to receive a boost as 91 new and budding Social Entrepreneurs receive Associate Fellowship of the international School for Social Entrepreneurs.

These 91 individuals are just some of the Wigan residents who have worked with the School for Social Entrepreneurs North West as part of an innovative personal and development programme supported by Wigan Council which aims to nurture entrepreneurial ability and social entrepreneurship.

Sylvia Pearson, Development Manager at the School for Social Entrepreneurs North West said “This programme has not just been about starting a business although the region will now benefit from the work of new Social Enterprises that will be working to transform some of the most deprived communities across the borough; it has been about the individuals – the people. We have assisted over 118 people into jobs and training and have measurably improved the confidence and self belief of over 100 individuals, who we believe will go on to further assist in the building of sustainable communities across the borough.”

The School for Social Entrepreneurs North West exists to provide training and opportunities to enable people to use their creative and entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefit.

Employees from across Wigan Council also participated in a programme of personal and professional development, engaging with social entrepreneurs, social enterprises and business professionals from across the Northwest. Council employees now consider themselves as ‘social intrapreneurs’ and have gone on to integrate their learning into their work. As stated by one Wigan Council employee this has been “The best personal / business development programme I have ever been on. I have made links that I think will be long lasting and so beneficial.”

The support that has been delivered across Wigan is helping to address problems of worklessness and create a social enterprise legacy for Wigan. This legacy will continue with the delivery of the Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs programme which will provide learning, development and an award of £4,000 to individuals who are looking to start a social enterprise.

For more information about The Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme, social entrepreneurs are urged to visit www.the-sse.org/lloydsbankinggroup.

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