SE-Assist recognised at national CSR Awards

12 March 2015

A ground-breaking social investment scheme designed to help established businesses work with social enterprises in their communities has won a prestigious award.

The scheme, led by the Charities Aid Foundation and Legal and General, was awarded the Special Judges Recognition for Community Partnership in the National CSR Awards on Friday.

SE-Assist has helped early stage social entrepreneurs in both Croydon and Brighton with a unique package comprising of an interest free loan of between £10,000 and £30,000, mentoring and access to an investors network to receive expert consultancy to help them grow.

SE-Assist focuses on building local social investment infrastructure. The aim is to roll the scheme out to more cities and regions across the UK so more social enterprises may benefit.

The scheme has also been supported by Nesta, Coast to Capital LEP and Croydon Council.

Klara Kozlov, Head of Corporate Clients at the Charities Aid Foundation, said: “We are thrilled that SE Assist has once again been recognised for its achievements and becomes an award-winning initiative for the second time.

“This scheme helps social organisations at the start of their development with the key funding and business expertise that they need, helping communities to grow and thrive. We are looking forward to expanding SE-Assist to two new locations over the next few months.”

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