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Inspiring Social Enterprise : Events and Grants

Setting up a social enterprise can not only give you the freedom and satisfaction of running your own business, but also the knowledge that you are changing the world for the better.” Social Enterprise UK


A social enterprise is a business with a difference.

Like other businesses, the income comes from selling goods or services, however, a social enterprise trades for a social and/or environmental purpose.

Profits are re-invested into the business in order to make a difference to the chosen cause.

You can find useful resources, and links to support agencies here.


Do you know about the range of social enterprises already operating in St Albans & Welwyn Hatfield districts?  Here are just a few ….

Hertfordshire Independent Living Service’s Community Meals, winner of thWood Recycling Geoff Dean photoe social enterprise of the year award at the National Business Awards 2014, who work to combat isolation amongst the elderly.

St Albans Wood Recycling, finalist at the Herts Green Awards 2011, who offer routes to employment and gorgeous recycled furniture.

From Babies with Love offering beautiful baby clothes whilst helping orphaned babies.

Excite-Ed CIC who help keep kids safe online.

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Aerende, offering life improving homewares.

RECOVER who upcycle furniture and improve lives.

Low cost counseling from Mosaic and Talk in Herts

Or just pop to Cafe on the Corner or Coffee Ethic where you can do some good just by buying a coffee.



Social Enterprises are welcome to join St Albans CVS as members, and benefit from all our services.

Starting a new Social Enterprise is a daunting prospect, and you will need support. Social Enterprises can become CVS members and then benefit from;

  • funding workshops and advice

  • low cost training and workshops

  • low cost equipment hire (e.g. projectors)

  • governance advice

  • regular updates on new grants and local information, through our newsletter


During November ’16 to April ’17 we ran a series of Social Enterprise events, to help local people start and grow your social enterprise.  The last event in the series; the Social Enterprise Fair, has now taken place and the current programme of events is now complete.  

Networking event on Tue 15th Nov, during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Level 1 : What is Social Enterprise and Is it For Me?

Level 2: Social Enterprise Clinic – Road-test your idea.

Events in St Albans * Harpenden * Welwyn * Hatfield.

Daytime and evening sessions available.


Care for yourself : What is it like as a self-employed carer? 

And our finale, Hertfordshire’s first ever Social Enterprise Fair on April 3rd 2017

To be kept aware of future events, email us on [email protected], follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.




After two successful rounds of grants, our current phase of grants funding is now closed.  If you would like to be informed when we reopen, then email [email protected]


If you run a social enterprise, or have an idea for one, then get in touch!

Contact: [email protected]