Free advice on setting up and expanding Social Enterprises

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By Laurakd410 | Thursday, January 10, 2013, 12:14

If you have a business venture or a great idea for one, which fulfils an unmet local community need, now is perfect timing to take up FREE advice clinics and workshops in Torquay and Paignton.


Andrew Allchurch is a Social Enterprise Focus Service business adviser in Torbay for Peninsula Enterprise. Advice clinics and workshops are being held in the Bay by Andrew and won't cost you anything to attend because it is being funded by Torbay Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund.


Some fantastic Social Enterprises are flourishing because they have made it their business – quite literally – to fill gaps or shortcomings in services local people want or need. A cracking example is 'Eat That Frog' in Paignton, which founding directors Nikki Henderson and Ian Powell set up two years ago, to ensure continuity for a popular friendly informal place where the over fifties can enjoy social and education activities. Now they do much more than that – they have a contract for example, to provide one to one support for people with complex issues which make learning new skills or securing a job more challenging. Main stream support wouldn't work for them so 'Eat That Frog' provides another approach which would otherwise not be available. The experience of this flexible Social Enterprise is that the more they are able to respond and meet changing local needs, the more opportunities come about for their support and services.


Andrew is holding Social Enterprise advice clinics throughout the day on 27th February 2013 in Torquay and a workshop about social media on 7th March 2013 in Paignton.


To find out more or to book a place call 0871 641 2119 ext 8254 or



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