The Community Business Start Up Programme is an exciting new bite size training programme for potential entrepreneurs to find out more about setting up a Social Enterprise and how to go about it.

Once you have completed a minimum of 12 hours on the training programme then you will be able to apply for a small grant to help you get your business going. Each grant needs you to contribute 40% which can either be from your own money you put into your business or our Adviser will be covering how to apply for funding support as part of the training programme.

To be eligible for the project you must be living in an eligible postcode in Airedale, Castleford, Ferrybridge, Havercroft & Ryhill, Kinsley & Fitzwilliam, Hemsworth, South Elmsall or South Kirkby, or you may want to operate your business in one of these areas. An Adviser will check that your postcode is eligible.

You can choose from a minimum of six sessions from the list below but why not commit to all 8?

  • What is a Social Enterprise – an introduction to Nova and to the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector, recognising a need and social impact
  • Your business idea – developing your strategy and writing a business plan
  • Setting up a Social Enterprise – which legal structure is right for you and what do you need to do?
  • Funding – sources of funding and fundraising, writing successful bids and match funding for small capital grants
  • Getting your message across – marketing campaign, market research, social media and website
  • Looking after the finances – what do you need to consider – budgets, cashflow, management of finances, where to get support
  • Legal duties – policies and procedures, health & safety and safeguarding
  • Next steps

You will also be able to;

  • join the new Community Entrepreneurs Network to continue to benefit from ongoing support and advice
  • receive the Nova news e-bulletin
  • become a Nova member to receive ongoing support/ mentoring

The programme dates and times are as follows and there will be two sessions per week over a month:

  • Programme 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am – 12:00pm starting 2 March until 25 March 2021
  • Programme 2: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00pm starting 15 March and finishing 12 April 2021 (allowed for bank holiday)
  • Programme 3: Tuesdays and Thursday 4:00pm – 6:00pm starting 20 April finishing 13 May 2021
  • Programme 4: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:00am – 12:00pm starting 17 May finishing 14 June (allowed for bank holiday)
  • Programme 5: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm – 3:00pm starting 22 June finishing 15 July 2021
  • Programme 6: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:00pm – 6:00pm starting 19 July finishing 11 August 2021

If you would like to find out more or apply to join the programme then contact Julie Baker on or call 07927 554280.

Building Powerful Communities Project is a Wakefield PEAT (People Enabling Area Transformation) CLLD (Community Led Local Development) Programme that is part financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds, and will run until December 2021.