Cam Spilman, legup.social
30 August 2018
Leg up social
As we approach our 8th event, I've been reflecting on our original ambitions for legup.social and thinking about what other support exists in the city that people might find useful to tap into.
legup.social is a collaborative effort from the digital community to help businesses, charities and social enterprises with digital. During the events, people with digital needs are matched with digital mentors who can advise them on their particular task or challenge. The mentors don’t sell their services and they give their time for free because they don’t want money to be a barrier to using digital to achieve great things!
I have no doubt that a huge part of its success to date is down to the fact that Sheffield is a city where people care about social good. And the people that give their time to connect with and support others are fine examples of this. But it isn't always ‘digital’ that small businesses, charities and social enterprises need extra help with. So I thought it might be useful to signpost a few other organisations/communities in Sheffield that offer free help and support in a range of other areas too.
1 Business Sheffield: They offer free advice and support for people wanting to set up and grow a businesses in the city. If you have a business idea or want to grow your business, you can access free workshops, get one-to-one coaching and access to mentors through this service.
2. Social Enterprise Exchange: They offer a free programme of support specifically for people looking to set up a social enterprise in the region. http://www.socentxchange.net/
3. Third Sector Cafe. An organisation that brings people together (through sharing information and meeting over coffee!) around topics affecting those working in the not-for -profit sector in Sheffield. http://www.thirdsectorcafe.co.uk/
4. Super Fast South Yorkshire. They give match funding to small businesses for innovation projects http://www.superfastsouthyorkshire.co.uk/businesses
If you want to find out more about how to get involved please visit www.legup.social
Business Sheffield delivers the Launchpad Service in partnership with Sheffield City Region Growth Hub. The Launchpad project is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £2,358,962 in investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic growth.