Halifax entrepreneur Matthew Riley has graduated from the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).
The year-long programme supports entrepreneurs developing their own social businesses through financial support and comprehensive learning support including a business mentoring scheme.
The entrepreneurs each receive either start-up grants of £4,000 or scale-up grants of £15,000 from the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, and this – together with the action learning programme delivered in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, and support from their Lloyds Banking Group mentor – has enabled them to take their social enterprises to the next level.
Matthew has graduated from the fourth year of the Scale Up North West (Liverpool) 2015 programme with his social enterprise Visits Unlimited.
Over 1,000 social entrepreneurs have been supported by the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme since its launch in 2012 and this year sees over 300 entrepreneurs join the programme, with diverse projects tackling issues such as the environment, education, gender and mental health.