Starting or growing
a social enterprise?

Call our free-to-access support service on 0844 9800 760.

(Lines open Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm excluding bank holidays)

Enterprise support
Helping your enterprise succeed

Our national, free-to-access service provides the support you need to help your enterprise develop and thrive.

Find out more about our enterprise support.

Partnership working
Working with you, wherever you are

At Inspire2Enterprise we work to create profitable partnerships that deliver social value.

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Learning and skills
Expert help, advice and support

Engaging and relevant training, helping you fill skills gaps and build your business knowledge.

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Inspire2Enterprise is a social enterprise, a joint-venture between the University of Northampton and Exemplas, providing a unique free-to-access social enterprise support, information and advice service - from start-up through to initial growth and beyond.

The Inspire2Enterprise service is delivered by qualified advisers and specialists, by phone, email or online via webcam, enabling immediate access to the support you need.

The Inspire2Enterprise service is available to potential and existing social enterprises, Public Sector bodies considering social enterprise 'spin-outs', Third Sector organisations looking to trade by way of social enterprise and corporate organisations seeking to create further social value through corporate social responsibility (CSR) .

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Fully-funded training for the VCSE sector in the South East Midlands!

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The Social Enterprise Support Service

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Who we work with

Inspire2Enterprise has worked with the following organisations:

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Fully-funded training for the VCSE sector in the South East Midlands!

Download the flyer for more information.

Latest news
16 Dec 2014

Do-it revamped to allow volunteering opportunities to be shared via social media

The online volunteering platform Do-it has been revamped to allow people to share volunteering opportunities through social media. The redevelopment of the site went live last week and has now been optimised for mobile and tablet devices.

15 Dec 2014

Capital continues to flow with £10m investment for social ventures

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has invested £10m into RBS Social & Community Capital (S&CC), the bank’s social finance charity – formerly known as the RBS Micro Finance Fund, to help organisations that struggle to access mainstream finance in the UK.

12 Dec 2014

A Sustainable Place CIC gains valuable support from Inspire2Enterprise

A small group with backgrounds in research, teaching, art and design had formed to take over the running of a disused biological field centre in Mid Wales. The plan was to use action research methods to learn about the challenges and opportunities of sustainable place making, while returning the buildings to use as a resource for local communities and a base for teaching and learning.

03 Dec 2014

Big Venture Challenge open for applications

The Big Venture Challenge supports ambitious social entrepreneurs with access to finance, business support and connections to scale up their work. The programme is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is now in its final year having started back in 2011.

02 Dec 2014

Small Business Saturday – support, inspire and promote your business

Small Business Saturday UK is a campaign which highlights small business success, encouraging consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. It takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. This year’s event takes place this Saturday 6th December.

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