Funding for Social Enterprise Network Somerset

Social Enterprise Network Somerset gratefully acknowledges support from The Big Lottery Fund and Unltd.

Funding opportunities

Heart of the South West – Growth Hub:

Community Council for Somerset – searchable funding database:

Somerset Community Foundation – Somerset Social Enterprise Fund:

ClearlySo (Impact Investment)

Power To Change –

Other resources

Cosmic – Digital Leaders; Leaders Programme:

In Kind Direct – redistributing products from companies to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations:

Community Council for Somerset – support for all not-for-private-profits in the county:

Somerset Co-operative Services – advice and guidance on setting up and developing social enterprises/co-operatives:

Social Enterprise

Governmental Business Advice

School for Social

School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington


The Fruit


Cornerstone Enterprise Support Limited (Cornerstone) – a not-for-profit, voluntary organisation that offers free-of-charge mentoring to start-up and SMEs in Somerset. Cornerstone volunteers are all experienced, practising or retired business managers who want to lend their knowledge to help the economic development of Somerset.
A Cornerstone mentor, through a series of short meetings typically at monthly intervals, will encourage the business owner to take an objective view of the business. They will: help with business planning; discuss alternative approaches; examine business risks and coach basic business management tools where necessary.
The business mentor is a ‘sounding board’ for the business owner, but all business decisions ultimately are made by the owner. A mentor can help a start-up business to avoid many of the common causes of early business failure.
For more information about Cornerstone visit
or e-mail David Lewis at

Small Business Resource Guide from the Red Stag Fulfillment group (in the USA).
Many people are prompted to enter entrepreneurship due to job loss, while others wake up with a brilliant idea they feel compelled to pursue. Whatever your reason is for starting your own small business, here are the tools and resources you’ll need to get started.”

Small Business Starter Kit from 99designs
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99designs Business Starter Kit combines expert advice from twelve industry-leading companies so you can execute your business idea and pursue. Whatever your reason is for starting your own small business, here are the tools and resources you’ll need to get started.”

e-commerce Training Guides from Shopify
Enables visitors to access a free download of the pdf guide: Facebook Advertising for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs
How to reach the right audience and generate more sales on the world’s largest social network.”