Inspiring Enterprise

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The Inspiring Enterprise project offers free support to help people develop the ideas, confidence and skills they need to become self-employed or set up a social enterprise.

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund, the programme is focused on supporting people who are not currently working including the long term unemployed, lone parents, carers, people with health conditions or disabilities, older workers and people in minority groups.

The programme’s support includes:
• ‘Is It For Me?’ sessions to explore what’s involved with becoming self-employed and information on social enterprise
• Workshops on getting the basics right
• Face to face meetings for advice on developing ideas and business plans
• Networking opportunities

This support is completely free of charge but it is subject to eligibility criteria:
• You must not be in any form of paid work when you join the programme
• You must be eligible to work in the UK
• You must live in the west Surrey* or Hampshire area

We support people with a wide range of different business ideas. We are also keen to raise raising awareness of social enterprise so, if you have a fantastic idea that could benefit your community or the environment, we’d love to work with you too.

If you are not currently working and would like to know more you can contact one of our team directly.

If you work with unemployed people in the area, we can work with you to support your clients. You can refer individuals to us or we could come to you and run a taster session for your clients to introduce them to the project. We’d love to work together to see what we can do to help.

Sarah McCann (Inspiring Enterprise Project Officer)
Telephone: 01483 447140
Email : or

Katy Waters (Inspiring Enterprise Administrator)
Telephone: 01483 447124
Email : or

Surrey Community Action is working on the Inspiring Enterprise project in partnership with WSX Enterprise, Action Hampshire, Fredericks Foundation and the University of Winchester.

*Our west Surrey catchment area covers: Elmbridge, Guildford, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Waverley, and Woking

For further information please also visit the main project website