Regenerus’s innovative Ignite social enterprise support programme proved so successful that it was subsequently implemented across Europe.
The organisation secured 290,000 euros from the European Commission’s Leonardo da Vince programme to develop a similar social enterprise training package in five other countries – Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Cyprus.
Ignite’s mix of customised training, advice and support had helped many people in Sefton and Liverpool to start social enterprises, which are businesses run for the public good, not the private advantage of owners or shareholders.
Ignite Europe involved Regenerus using the expertise and experience it had acquired on Merseyside to offer advice to partner organisations in each country on the best way to deliver training in social entrepreneurship.
The contract also covered the production of resource materials for trainers, the creation of a social enterprise website and the development of case studies based on existing social enterprise success stories in each country.
A key objective for Regenerus was to ensure that the learning materials reflected the individual situation in each country, and the needs of their individual student groups.