Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Social Entrepreneurs Join Bank Growth Programme

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Social Entrepreneurs Join Bank Growth Programme

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Byline: SMALL BUSINESS TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk

SIXTEEN social entrepreneurs from the North East have joined a year-long programme to grow their businesses which range from sound healing to lunch clubs.

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Autumn 2015 programme will help a host of regional entrepreneurs - some starting up and others looking to grow established businesses.

Run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and with support from the BIG lottery Fund, the programme provides PS4,000 funding for start-ups and PS15,000 for those looking to scale up.

The group will also receive mentoring from the bank and learning support. This year's participants include Nathan Hopkins of The Wood and Plant Shed which recycles wood and plants; Lynn Hammel of play session providers, Clart About; Tommy Lowther of Sporting Force, an organisation that helps injured soldiers adjust to civilian life through placements with professional football clubs; and Sihle Mapanda of homelessness prevention organisation 2 Way Tenancy Solutions CIC.

They are joined by Fiona MacCallum of mental health support group creative minds; Helen Bramhall of craft business Crafty Angels which supports community activities; Sarah Sutton of Boom Samba Drumming; Rosie Mason of The Common, a community-focused wellbeing business; and Claire Quinney of Sound Healing, a music and sound therapy provider.

Aggie Maxwell of Parenting North East, a support group for parents, joins the cohort alongside Stephanie Cole of Sharing Learning Doing, an organisation that promotes collaboration for community benefit; Janine Browne of Jem Lettings Teesside; and Melanie King of Tickle the Taste Buds Management - a Middlesbroughbased lunch club. …

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