From the Coalfields Training and Enterprise Hub, which is a comfortable space for entrepreneurs, we have a range of skills and experience to support the development of voluntary and community organisations as well as social enterprises, such as:

  • Community consultation – from deciding who and what to consult on, through planning and facilitation of consultation, to understanding the results and identifying priorities for the future using our   Peer Research Programme
  • Advice on implementation of plans
  • Business planning support for aspiring community enterprises and developments
  • Community capacity building
  • Support for business start-up, development and long-term sustainability
  • An independent critical friend, mentor and mediator
  • Evaluation

In addition to practical help we aim to offer ‘in kind’ and financial support through the following approaches:

  • A free hot-desk facility for use by social entrepreneurs from the Longannet Communities for up to 3 months after which a phased payment schedule can be discussed
  • Regular Coalfields Business Lunches.
  • Offer small grants between £500 and £3,000 to new or fledgling Coalfields Social Enterprises that will provide initial ‘Start Up’ funding, such as rent, equipment, training, website development and marketing.