OSEP to award £21,000 to local community social enterprises

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

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A total of £21,000 is to be awarded to local social enterprises when Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership (OSEP) announces its first round of funding on Tuesday (3rd February).

OSEP is managed and operated as a joint partnership between Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford and Student Hubs. 

The four winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony and networking forum on Tuesday evening at The Hatch, Little Clarendon Street, Oxford.  In addition, as part of the forum, local and potential social entrepreneurs will be able to discuss what kind of support OESP should offer in the future.

We're delighted to be able to help support these inspirational, social enterprises in Oxfordshire. The opportunities that are now available locally to developing social entrepreneurs through OSEP are exceptional.

Jeff Willmore, OSEP Programme Co-ordinator

OSEP was launched in September 2013 as a ‘one stop shop’ to support social entrepreneurs operating in any sector across the country to help plan, develop and grow their businesses through funding support, advice and guidance opportunities.

Applications for this first round of OSEP Community Awards opened in Autumn 2013 and nine were shortlisted. These applications went forward to the OSEP steering group, made up of prepresentatives from the two universities, Student Hubs and the local social entrepreneur network who whittled this down to the four winners.

OSEP Programme Co-ordinator Jeff Willmore said: “The OSEP Awards Ceremony is the culminationof many months of collaboration and we’re delighted to be able to support theseinspirational, social enterprises in Oxfordshire.  

“The opportunitiesthat are now available locally to developing social entrepreneurs through OSEPare exceptional. We applaud our winters, who have shown dedication, passion anda thoughtful contribution to our society and wish them the very best.”

Applications for the Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards (OBSEA) ‘Try It, Do It and Build It’are now open until the 20th February. OBSEA is an award-winning programme for students, staff and recent graduates who wish to set up and run a social enterprise. More information about OBSEA and other Oxford Brookes social enterprise projects can be found on the website