Free business support for minority-led social enterprises

Capacitybuilders is offering Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee-led social enterprises in London the opportunity to benefit from free business support.

The non-departmental public body that invests in third sector infrastructure has put £370,998 into Ready to Grow, a three-year programme aimed at social enterprises led by people from BME backgrounds.

Several organisations will be chosen for 12 days of intensive support, including in-depth training and advice. The number taken on will depend on the need and eligibility of the organisations that apply.

The chosen enterprises and others will be able to participate in events, training and networking opportunities over the three years.

Community investment agency Olmec and management consultancy Red Ochre will jointly run the scheme.

Uday Thakkar, managing director of Red Ochre, said: "This programme is open to aspiring social entrepreneurs looking to develop their ideas, as well as to established social enterprises looking for constructive advice and support to help them scale up."

Ready to Grow will be launched on 21 November. For more information, visit its website at

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