Access Enterprise Development Programme

The Access Foundation for Social Investment and Social Investment Business run a £40m grant programme, the Enterprise Development Programme, initially supporting organisations in the homelessness and youth sectors. Following a successful pilot, in January 2020 the programme will reopen and will expand to be able to support charities and social enterprises operating in the mental health and equality sectors, in addition to those working in homelessness and youth. Eastside Primetimers is available to provide commercial skills and resources to help you get the most out of your project.

This programme will support enterprise development for charities and social enterprises in England until 2023. It aims to provide a broad range of grant-funded support to help organisations make a transition to new enterprise models or grow existing ones. It features two elements:

  • Feasibility grants of up to £10k and development grants of up to £50k will be available. It will be administered by the Social Investment Business
  • A leadership peer-learning initiative offering business support and expert guidance to 40 leaders of charities and social enterprises. It will be run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

We at Eastside Primetimers have built a strong track record of providing practical support to help organisations develop their capacity and diversify their income streams. We have had a very high success rate on similar programmes such as the National Lottery Community Fund’s (Big Lottery) Big Potential and the Access Reach Fund.


How can we help you?

To discuss your eligibility, please email or call us on 020 7250 8334 to arrange a conversation with with our Enterprise Fund lead, Jo Simpson.


Absolutely Leisure“Eastside Primetimers consultant Neil Shearer assisted us with a strategy workshop – this workshop promoted us to revisit a previous piece of work from a different perspective. The outcome has been that we’ve developed an innovative new stream of business that has added 25% to our revenue. I think it’s safe to say that the strategy workshop proved a valuable investment in time and thinking” Gregory Sinclair, Managing Director
North Norfolk Community Transport“Working with Eastside Primetimers was instrumental to NNCT having a strong period of growth. The diagnostic their team performed helped us reflect on our needs and identify areas where we needed support, including governance  and sustainability. We have doubled in size, with more income from sustainable, longer-term contracts rather than grants. Their variety of consultants with different backgrounds, skills and ideas gave us access to their experience and to personal support on a peer basis” Matt Townsend, Former chief executive
The Giving Machine“From the start, the team from Eastside Primetimers took the time to really understand our current business model and social proposition in depth.  This led to the development of a revised marketing strategy and supporting business plan.  Funders and advisors who reviewed our plan were keen to point out the quality of the delivered plans and this was a crucial factor in securing our social funding in 2017.  Thank you Eastside Primetimers – if only every partner delivered to that quality!” Richard Morris, Founder and CEO
Ecological Land Co-operative“We found Eastside Primetimers and their consultant very good to work with. Our Big Potential project with them resulted in a detailed five-year business plan, agreed upon by our trustee board, which helped underpin our expansion through the share issue. For our current share issue we have been able to use the modelling tools to reflect on our progress and update our business plan” Sonia Sinanan - Ecological Land Co-operative, Operations Manager
Abbeycroft Leisure“The support secured through the Big Potential programme and provided by Eastside Primetimers has been invaluable. It has enabled Abbeycroft Leisure to respond quickly to opportunities by building a number of models that enable a better response to contracts. This has included financial modelling, contract documents, mobilisation and project management documents. Eastside Primetimers are also helping the Board and Senior Leadership Team with future options for growth and refining the approaches to this next stage of development” Warren Smyth, Chief Executive

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