Grow Your Social Enterprise

This free and inspiring two-day course is for early stage Gloucestershire-based not-for-profits and purpose-led businesses.
In the company of other social entrepreneurs, you will have the opportunity to develop your social business model and explore your strategy for growth.

Who is this course for?

The Grow Your Business course is for you if...

- You run a social enterprise that is less than 3 years old
- You’re based in Gloucestershire
- You are ambitious and have plans to grow
- You’re feeling a bit stuck in your business and need advice to move forward.

What will I do during the course?

You will look at...

- Where you are now and where you want to be
- Map your stakeholders and understand their aspirations
- Develop your social business model
- Understand your Theory of Change
- Options for funding and investment
…and much more.

By the end of the course you will have:

- A Growth plan – an action plan detailing your growth strategy for your business
- Objectives and priorities
- Greater motivation and confidence

Who's taking this course?

Jules Ellison, Director of Make It Studios CIC. Jules is a social entrepreneur, business adviser and educator with over 10 years experience supporting social enterprises to start well and grow. As former MD of Social Enterprise Works and Social Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Bristol Jules has supported 100’s of social enterprises across the South West. An experienced trainer and educator Jules enjoys sharing her knowledge and empowering entrepreneurs to achieve the change they want to see in the world. Big interests include creativity, social innovation and sustainable development.

Where is it held?

Make It Studios is Stroud’s newest shared workspace offers hot desking with business support, training, room hire and public classes. Based at Fromehall Mill, just a short walk along the canal path from Stroud town Centre, parking available.

Getting there: Don't follow your Sat Nav! Turn down Lodgemore Lane and follow this road down, over the bridge, then turn right and drive down the canal path. You'll see Make It Studios right next to the small car park.

A buffet lunch and refreshments are provided on both days. Free parking is available on-site.

*Please let us know of any dietary requirements at least 5 days before the course starts.

Where do I sign up?

Visit to join the project (if you haven't already) and once you've logged into your account you'll be able to book your place. 

Grow your Business courses are offered by Start and Grow Enterprise, a University of Gloucestershire project with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Start and Grow Enterprise supports the growth of Gloucestershire-based entrepreneurs and start-ups (trading up to 3 years) through free training, events, networks and resources.