In March 2012 Metropolitan, The Young Foundation and OLMEC began working together to support migrant social entrepreneurs in London and Nottingham. We provided support to over 60 migrant social entrepreneurs and enterprises through two distinct programmes. First Steps in Social Enterprise and CLIMB (Community Level Investment for Migrant Businesses).
First Steps in Social Enterprise was a 12 week programme of support for early stage social enterprises, designed to test the viability of services prior to prototyping their idea. It focused on setting up legal structures and formalising their business plans.
The CLIMB programme was aimed at more established social enterprises. This was supported by a member of The Young Foundation’s staff based in Metropolitan’s offices who acted as a champion of social enterprise within the organisation, providing training, advice to staff and brokering relationships with social entrepreneurs.
This booklet features the pick of the 2013 cohort of social enterprises that have completed the Metropolitan programme. These businesses are up and running and all currently working with housing associations providing services and furthering community regeneration.