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(FINALIST 2019) Creating inclusive growth in the city through investments in social enterprises.

Plymouth City Council is proud to have developed the first ever UK initiative solely dedicated to delivering social investment. This ambitious approach shows that, with the right political leadership and support, local authorities can deliver inclusive growth for citizens. The Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) was designed to help social enterprises with limited financial resources to establish themselves and grow. It started with a pledge by the local Labour Party in their 2014 manifesto and was driven forward by the Portfolio Holder in the months leading up to the November 2014 launch, turning words into action.

The SEIF consists of a revenue contribution to provide high-quality business support and a capital contribution at the business case stage, through a capital grant/loan mix – 2.5 million GBP that has made a real difference. The outcomes of SEIF have been incredible: 127 jobs have been created; 14 abandoned buildings have been brought back into use; and 2.3 million GBP of match funding has been collected. Most importantly, Plymouth’s social economy in some of the city’s most deprived areas has been given a significant boost, delivering truly inclusive growth.

Project Owner

Chris Penberthy

Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development in Plymouth City Council