Graduates from bank scheme for social firms

Two entrepreneurs from Sheffield have graduated from a pioneering programme that aims to boost the number of innovative social enterprises in the region and another five from the region have joined the Lloyds Bank-backed initiative.

Sheila McGill and Richard Belbin each got a start-up grant worth £4,000 and comprehensive support, including business mentoring after securing places on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme. Sheila McGill’s enterprise – Stop Before You Start (Smoking) – supplies a ready-made education package for UK schools which aims to prevent the 99 per cent of 11-year-olds who don’t smoke from starting.

Meanwhile, Richard Belbin’s Peoples Republic CIC runs workshops in deprived communities, designed to improve health, wellbeing and personal skills.

After the success of the pilot programme, five budding social entrepreneurs from South Yorkshire have now joined the scheme.