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Social Enterprise Challenge – July 2014

‘Individuals across Trafford pitch their business ideas to experts in the ‘Social Enterprise Challenge’ to win funding and support.’

Thrive Trafford gave individuals across Trafford the opportunity to develop and pitch their social enterprise ideas to a group of business experts to be in with the chance of winning start-up funding from Trafford Council.

A prize of £3,000 was awarded to Maxine Douglas from Butterflies Young Parent Group for their baby and children’s clothing range (Butterflies Clothing Range), which are designed and produced by local young parents, and two runners up each won a prize of £1,000. The runner up prizes were awarded to Salah Abdisamed from Ogaden Community for their catering business idea, an enterprise which will produce and sell food made by the Ogaden Community to businesses and other organisations in Trafford. The other £1,000 was awarded to Jan Tasker from Collaborative Women, an enterprise which aims to provide move on accommodation for women leaving a refuge environment and who are trying to escape the cycle of domestic violence and other abuse.

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Budding Social Entrepreneurs registered to take part in the Challenge, which ran over four days in July 2014, with the final event on Friday 11th July 2014. The first three days comprised of training and support from David Waterfall and Caroline Lewis from Thrive Trafford, during which attendees were given training and support to help develop their business ideas further. Training included Business Planning, Market Research, and how to set-up their Social Enterprise. The individuals were also given training on how best to pitch and showcase their social enterprise idea to the panel.

During the challenge event each social entrepreneur had 3 minutes to pitch their idea to the panel members, with a Q&A session after the pitch for the panel ask further questions about the business idea.

Nine projects from across Trafford took part in the Challenge, pitching their ideas to the expert panel Wendy Marston, Corporate Director Transformation & Resources at Trafford Council, Katy Archer, Director at the People’s History Museum and Alex Hodgson, Finance Director at DWF.

Wendy Marston – Corporate Director of Transformation and Resources, Trafford Council commented on the event:

“The Social Enterprise Challenge has provided individuals and organisations with an excellent opportunity to help develop their ideas to benefit the Trafford community. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet such passionate and enthusiastic individuals whose ideas are designed to make a positive impact to their local communities through social enterprise activity. Trafford Council has been keen to support the new social entrepreneurs and feel that this has been a fantastic opportunity to also draw on our local business expertise to develop the social enterprise sector in Trafford”

All attendees of the challenge will be given the opportunity to develop their idea further over the next 12 months with help from Thrive Trafford and partners through peer support and business mentoring.

“A superb opportunity to learn business methodology. The training was excellent but the peer support amazing”
Jan Tasker – Collaborative Women (Social Entrepreneur runner up with £1,000)

“Rewarding in every possible way!”
Maxine Douglas – Butterflies Young Parent Group (Social Entrepreneur Winner of £3,000)

“The challenge has helped me take my idea into viable business plan. The help and resources available are excellent. It was great to meet other social entrepreneurs from Trafford”
Gabby Mottershead – One in 2 (Social Entrepreneur)

For further information about the event please contact Caroline Lewis – Project Coordinator at Thrive Trafford on Caroline.Lewis@thrivetrafford.org.uk

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