SuNSE - Support Network for Social Entrepreneurs


Project Summary

The Support Network for Social Entrepreneurs (SuNSE) will develop a network of social entrepreneurship hubs across North West Europe, to act as local points for stimulating community driven economic activity in disadvantaged regions. Partners based in UK, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands and France will bring together expertise, support agencies, local authorities, universities and enterprise support specialists in a transnational partnership that will address common problems of market failure in economically excluded communities.

SuNSE will support social entrepreneurs to start and grow social businesses (those which deliver social as well as economic benefits). The project aims to reduce out-migration of ambitious individuals, by offering them supportive learning environments (in areas such as business planning, financial management, market awareness and commercialising opportunities), which will enable them to establish locally based social businesses. This will not only create career opportunities for the participating individuals but will regenerate communities experiencing market failures through job creation and delivery of products/services vital to community resilience. In developing the social entrepreneurship hubs, SuNSE will test and trial new approaches in social business development, refining and adopting transnational good practice gained through the partnership.

Over the 3-year life-time of the project, SuNSE will create a transnational network of collaborative organisations, working together to support social entrepreneurs and each other. The outputs that SuNSE will achieve (across the NWE region) include; 8 new social innovation hubs, resulting in 300 people receiving support and 200 businesses assisted to grow, of which 70 will bring new products & services to the market.

Through the SuNSE partnership, high impact, robust and tested models for social entrepreneurship development will be created. Approaches developed will be utilised long after the end of the programme and the network of social entrepreneurs and hubs will continue as a transnational collaboration and platform for knowledge exchange well into the future.


SuNSE Newsletter 2nd Edition December 2019

2019 has been a busy and productive year for SuNSE. Hear about some of the activities in our latest newsletter.

SUNSE Newsletter Edition 2 Dec 2019.pdf

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Project Partners

  • Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful

    Civic Centre Castle Street
    Merthyr Tydfil
    CF47 8AN
    United Kingdom

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  • University of Greenwich

    Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime
    Gillingham, Kent
    ME4 4RB
    United Kingdom

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  • Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

    Civic Headquarters, Lagan Valley Island
    Lisburn, Northern Ireland
    BT27 4RL
    United Kingdom

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  • Stichting Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht

    2B Lange Viestraat
    Utrecht
    3511BK
    Netherlands

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  • South East Business and Innovation Centre CLG

    Unit 1B, Industrial Estate, Cork Road
    Waterford
    X91 DT38
    Ireland

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  • Ville de Louvigné du Désert

    19 rue Lariboisière
    Louvigné du Désert
    35420
    France

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  • Social Business Earth

    16 Corso Elvezia
    Lugano
    6900
    Switzerland

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  • Gemeente Heerlen

    25 Geleenstraat
    Herleen
    6400 AA
    Netherlands

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  • ECO-TRANS-FAIRE

    4 Rue John Lennon
    Belvaux
    4371
    Luxembourg

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  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    10 Inverness Campus An Lòchran
    Inverness
    IV2 5NA
    United Kingdom

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Highlands and Islands Enterprise 10 Inverness Campus An Lòchran
Inverness
IV2 5NA
United Kingdom
helen.lavery@hient.co.uk www.hie.co.uk
Name Contact Name Email Country
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Merthyr Tudful Ryan Barry ryan.barry@merthyr.gov.uk United Kingdom
University of Greenwich Chris Birch c.j.birch@gre.ac.uk United Kingdom
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council Padraic Murphy padraic.murphy@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk United Kingdom
Stichting Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht David Crombie david.crombie@hku.nl Netherlands
South East Business and Innovation Centre CLG Carole Thurston cthurston@southeastbic.ie Ireland
Ville de Louvigné du Désert Guillaume Foucault guillaume.foucault@louvignedudesert.org France
Social Business Earth Samantha Caccamo samantha@socialbusinessearth.org Switzerland
Gemeente Heerlen Kelly Damoiseaux k.damoiseaux@heerlen.nl Netherlands
ECO-TRANS-FAIRE Bernard Lahure blahure@ecotransfaire.eu Luxembourg

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