Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University is based in Stoke on Trent, with Centres of Excellence in both Stafford and Shrewsbury, and a centre in Lichfield in partnerships with South Staffordshire College.

Originally founded in 1914, today the university is a modern, relevant and vocationally inspired organisation committed to innovation, development and creativity.

Staffordshire University has supported the development of new and emerging social enterprises over the last 5 years and has been instrumental in the development of Social Enterprise Matters.

In 2016 Staffordshire University won a national award for ‘Innovation in Partnership and Ecosystem Development’ awarded by UnLtd.

The support for social enterprises comes though The Creative Communities Unit which offers a range of opportunities for social enterprises to both network and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop a successful business.

Social Enterprise Peer Mentoring Hub

The Social Enterprise Peer Mentoring Hub combines the Creative Communities Unit’s expertise in peer mentoring and social enterprise, supporting people who are starting or growing social enterprises in and around Staffordshire. Sessions are free and held around once a month.

Workshop Programme

The workshop programme is an annual programme of workshops that are aimed at people who have an idea for a new social enterprise or are at the point of developing a social enterprise.

Showcase Event 

The University has for the last 2 years hosted the showcase event that has been an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to come together to share their ideas, build networks and develop an awareness of what is happening in relation to Social Enterprise in Stoke and Staffordshire.