The Social Enterprise Hub Programme is a project managed by Invest NI and Department for Communities. It is aimed at assisting aspiring entrepreneurs to explore and develop social business ideas. Work West holds the contract for the South Eastern region and works in partnership with Newry and Mourne Enterprise Agency and Resurgam Trust. The main role of Work West is the management and resourcing of a physical hub in Downpatrick and satellite hubs (Lisburn, Bangor and Newry).

The services delivered within the hubs include the following:

  • Opportunity for aspiring social entrepreneurs to hot desk or test trade out of the hub premises
  • Meeting / training / conference room available for hub members use
  • One to one meetings (Social Catalyst) to assist participants in defining, exploring and developing their business ideas
  • Delivery of Social Spark Sessions aimed at assisting attendees to further develop existing business ideas and generate new ideas through the use of design thinking approaches
  • Organisation and delivery of workshops tailored to the participants needs which include sales and marketing, leadership and finance
  • One to one mentoring sessions with individuals / groups to assist them with product / service development, business planning, sourcing finance / funding, company set up, strategic planning
  • Opportunity for participants to meet and hear from successful local social entrepreneurs
  • Signposting and referral system to other sources of business / financial support e.g. SEP / Unltd, Council Initiatives
  • Networking events to allow aspiring entrepreneurs to meet others and develop linkages

Get in Touch

Follow South Eastern Social Enterprise Hub on Facebook or email southeasthubs@gmail.com