Free business support for Ethnic Minorities and Refugees in London

A support programme for Social Enterprises led by BAMER communities in London 07 November 2008. Capacitybuilders is offering BAMER – Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee-led social enterprises in London the opportunity to benefit for a grant into the Ready to Grow programme.

Ready to Grow is estimated at around £400k, lasts for three years starting from 21 November 2008 and will provide one-to-one business support, specialist consultancy, training workshops, and any capacity building the social enterprises may need.

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."

Capacitybuilders is a non-departamental public body is sponsored by the Office of the Third Sector (in the Cabinet Office) and report to the Minister for the Third Sector.

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