You will be happy to hear that there is a range of support out there for you


Funds a small number of social entrepreneurs each year whose organisations are ready to scale-up.

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Big Issue Invest

A specialist provider for social enterprises in the form of loans and equity.

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Big Lottery Fund

Gives over £630 million a year

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Charity Bank

Finances social enterprises, charities and community organisations, with the support of depositors and investors who want to use their money to facilitate real social change.

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Helps social entrepreneurs raise capital and introduces investors to investment opportunities.

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Co-operative and Community Finance

Provides loans to help people take control of their economic lives and create social benefit.

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Funding Central

Provides access to thousands of funding opportunities, as well as tools and resources supporting organisations.

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The Uk’s leading grants and policy database. There are approximately 400 trusts you can apply to for funding.

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Provides support for business plans, helps you search for funding and guides you with legal advice for social enterprises.

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School for Social Entrepreneurs

Supports individuals to set up social enterprises across the UK through courses and resources.

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Social Enterprise UK

The national body for social enterprises and the largest social enterprise network in the UK.

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The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

Funds the charitable activities of organisations that have the ideas and ability to be a force for good.

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The Prince’s Trust

A Provides practical and financial support to 14-30 year ols who would like to start up their own business.

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Triodos Bank

A foundation for social entrepreneurs in the UK, which provides them with funding and support.

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Unity Trust Bank

A specialist bank for civil society, social enterprises, councils, trade unions, CIC’s and small businesses.

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Provide grants to student and graduate entrepreneurs and businesses, as well as mentoring and other support.


A foundation for social entrepreneurs in the UK, which provides them with funding and support.

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Virgin Start Up

Provides business loans and support i.e. mentoring to social enterprises and non-social enterprises.

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Year Here

Is a free programme/ post-graduate course for professionals and graduates that allows you to test and build solutions to society’s toughest problems.

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"I recently attended a Social Enterprise workshop hosted by Anthony Veluz of The Socent Connection. Having just started a new business, I found it immensely useful. I was able to learn about social enterprise, the impact it can have on the way a business can provide its services, and how - by reinvesting profits into positive causes - social and environmental challenges can be tackled.  Anthony provided background, context and advice which I was able to relate to my venture - giving me direction when it came to building social enterprise into my own business plan. 

I feel this sort of workshop is a must for anyone who is about to embark on setting up a new business - truly eye-opening."

Kat John - Duffel Bag Publishing

"Really engaging presentation delivered by someone who is clearly passionate about social enterprise, which makes the whole workshop experience much better."

Sam Parr - University of Lincoln graduate and budding entrepreneur

"Anthony gave a really interesting presentation on social enterprise. It got us enterprise students thinking about creating our own social enterprise."

Guy Nicholson - Student at University of Lincoln

"Anthony has delivered business challenges for me on programmes and was fantastic at taking our plans and implementing them into a full day's challenge to over 800 16 year olds. Nothing is ever too much for Anthony."

Andy George - Relationship Manager at EBP and former NCS Team Leader

“Anthony delivered an interesting and inspiring talk to students on social enterprise, innovation and impact. He gave a fascinating insight into the world of social enterprise, his experiences and his social enterprise journey. It got the class thinking about setting up social enterprises in future to solve different problems. Anthony was engaging, passionate and knowledgable. ”

Andrea Caputo - Lecturer at University of Lincoln

"Anthony has done some fantastic work with Enactus Loughborough as a business adviser. From discussing with individual social enterprise teams to judging the final of a commercial competition, the Loughborough Apprentice, Anthony has been knowledgable, approachable and always ready to get stuck in. Anyone in need of business or social enterprise advice can look no further than Anthony Veluz!"

Ryan McGee - Vice President of Enactus Loughborough 2017-2018

“At first I was a bit unsure what to expect from a lecture on social enterprise as I had very little knowledge on the subject and wasn't really aware of its role within the business industry. Not only did Anthony make me feel very welcome but he took his time to explain the subject very clearly and with such an inspirational manner that I was interested in pursuing more information after the presentation. It was really interesting and Anthony clearly has an infectious love for the subject which he wants to share with everyone. I would highly recommend attending or just dropping an email as he always has time to give advice, thanks again!”

Vicky Flintoff - Student at University of Lincoln