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SSE–Community Business Trade Up (CBTU) Programme 2023/2024

About the Programme

The Community Business Trade Up Programme (CBTU) helps early-stage community businesses throughout England to become stronger and more sustainable by building income from trading and improving business and leadership skills.


This programme includes a free learning programme, up to £5,000 Match Trading ® grant, a community business mentor and networking with peers.

Do you lead an early-stage organisation which involves local people and meets local needs?


Do you want help and support to grow your organisation’s impact and develop its trading income?

The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Power to Change have partnered on the Community Business Trade Up Programme (CBTU), since 2017 and have helped over 440 community businesses to develop entrepreneurial skills, build resilience and grow their impact. The Community Business Trade Up programme (CBTU) helps early-stage community businesses throughout England to become stronger and more sustainable by building income from trading, improving business and leadership skills.


  •  A free learning programme, to help you build your income, confidence, resilience and impact

  •  Up to £5,000 Match Trading grant

  •  A community business peer mentor

  •  An opportunity to meet regularly with other people running organisations like yours, so you can help each other out

Programme Benefits

  •  Grow a stronger, more sustainable community business or project

  •  Start or build your income from trading and sales

  •  Benefit from time to reflect and map out next steps

  •  Improve your leadership and business skills

  •  Build a local support network of other people running organisations like yours You’ll benefit from SSE’s practical learning style and Action


Learning approach. No textbooks – just inspiring people who’ve been there and done it.

Apply now to the Community Business Trade Up programme!

If you are still undecided, check out our free webinars that will provide you with all the information you need.

 Tuesday 6 June at 6pm

 Tuesday 20 June at 2pm

Visa UK Scholarship 

Applications are now open for our third cohort of Visa Scholarships for students starting their first year of an undergraduate degree at any accredited university in the UK 2023-24.

The scholarship is aimed at supporting Black and Asian minoritized ethnic students who also meet the socio-economic criteria on our website.


  • Financial - You’ll receive support for your course fees, up to a value of £9250 per year, up to four years, in tuition scholarships

  • Mentorship – You’ll receive coaching, mentorship and guidance from experienced Visa employees.

  • Skills building – You’ll have the chance to grow key technical, professional and leadership skills through training and development opportunities.

  • Career development – You’ll have exposure to career growth activities to help prepare for  post-graduation careers.

  • Work Experience – During the summer there will be options to get work experience and engage with Visa, including the opportunity to apply for a paid internship where you can learn new skills, collaborate and find a community of like minded students 


 Carefully read the attached FAQ, eligibility criteria and complete the online application by 26th March at 11.59pm.

  • This is a popular programme and we recommend submitting your application and financial information well in advance of the deadline as we will not be accepting any applications after the deadline.

London South Bank University has been funded to offer FREE online digital and leadership training courses to those employed and either living or working in London. The short-courses are all run by experienced tutors and are fully accredited and can be done at home in your own time.  A great way to expand your career options - study social media use, cyber security, marketing, management skills and more.

This opportunity closes in 6 months so 

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