Applications open for Beyond Business social enterprise start-up funding

Published: 6 Mar 2018


The Beyond Business Programme offers start up funding for new or emerging Social Enterprises across Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham.

What is the Beyond Business Programme?

Beyond Business has already launched a network of 70 plus Social Enterprises in the East End and provides:

  • Start up funding,

  • Strategic and business planning guidance, and

  • Practical business support including training and mentoring.

Is my idea for a Social Enterprise eligible?

To be eligible for a start up grant of up to £17,000 your idea for a Social Enterprise must:

  • Have a clear social purpose and outcomes, such as employment for people with barriers to work, youth training, healthy living and local environmental improvements.

  • Have a sound business proposition and the potential to be financially sustainable without reliance on grant funding.

  • Full eligibility criteria will be sent to all applicants.

How will applicants be assessed?

  • Stage 1: Applicants submit an expression of interest form for a panel review.

  • Stage 2: Applicants successful at Stage 1 will be invited for an interview.

  • Stage 3: Applicants successful at Stage 2 complete a business plan, with support from the Beyond Business team.

  • Stage 4: Applicants successful at Stage 3 present their business idea and plan to an independent Dragons’ Den panel on 25th September 2018 - funding then approved for successful applicants.

Need an expression of interest form?

You can download an Expression of Interest form here. Please return your Expression of Interest form with this Application Explanatory note (signed).

The closing date for Submission of Expressions of Interest is 5pm - 27th April 2018. 

For more information about the programme please contact:

Kim Hayman on 020 8709 9722 or                                                          

Beyond Business is generously supported by Investec