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Growth Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

Funded business support for Leicester City-based businesses.

Introducing the Growth Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

The Growth Accelerator provides social entrepreneurs with the training, consultancy and support to grow their businesses.

You will receive access to a Growth Masterclass course from the School of Business, covering where growth comes from, how to do it, how to be strategic, developing a business case, creating new income streams, team building, implementation and action planning.

You will also get 1:1 consultancy from experienced social sector experts, where you can build on what you have learned from the course, to turn plans into reality.  They will also connect you with a super team of social entrepreneurs, where you can share problems, crowdsource solutions, and collaborate on new ventures.

This will be delivered by a University of Leicester School of Business consortium with The Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE) and Community Enterprise Engine.

What are the benefits of this programme?

Key benefits to you and your social enterprise:

  • Audit your skills and strengths
  • Enhance your management and strategic capabilities
  • Increase capacity and improve operational efficiency to save time and money
  • Learn how to innovate, lead change, and optimise your business model
  • Adopt digital technologies to boost productivity and operational agility
  • Increase social impact
  • Build business resilience and agility
  • Expand and reach into new markets
  • Grow your income streams
  • Co-produce new projects and access new income streams
  • Develop working partnerships with other social enterprise
  • Crowdsource solutions to real challenges faced by social enterprises
  • Network and learn alongside social leaders from a range of different sectors
  • Develop a Growth Action Plan to drive your social enterprise forward

About the University of Leicester School of Business

The University of Leicester School of Business (ULSB) is a world class academy for leaders, innovators and change-makers.  Building on over 90 years of delivering business education, they have a breadth of specialist knowledge to help businesses grow, whether it’s through strategic planning, growing income streams, creating effective teams or innovating their marketing activity.

They are dedicated to building social enterprises and the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education.  They have the access to cutting edge knowledge, business tools and strategies to grow social enterprises.  They conduct pioneering work in partnership with leaders, managers, and businesses to develop the knowledge and skills to develop and grow.

About the Cooperative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE)

CASE have 4o years’ experience in helping social enterprises set up and thrive.  They aim to grow the impact of the co-operative and social enterprise economy in the East Midlands by delivering business support as well as developing and offering services that meet current and emerging business needs.

They are well known and trusted, with decades of experience in helping to establish ethical and co-operative ways of working.

About Community Enterprise Engine

Community Enterprise Engine is a social innovation consultancy working with community groups and businesses.  They support and create inclusive, active, enterprising and sustainable communities. They believe enterprise has to be social, and social needs to be enterprising.

They are a team of community development professionals with skills in funding, social enterprise and community building. Their background is in helping community groups and charities thrive, working in partnership to help them ignite and grow enterprise.

Want to know more?

If your business is based in the Leicester City area, please complete an enquiry form quoting ‘Growth Accelerator for Social Enterprises’ on the form.


A Business Adviser will be in touch to learn more about your business and to explore what support is most appropriate for you.

*The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6b of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.