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Ards and North Down Social Entrepreneurship Programme 2021-2023

Are you interested in finding out more about setting up a new social enterprise in Ards and North Down or do you require support for your existing social enterprise?


What is ANDSEP?

Do you have an idea for a social enterprise and need help to develop it further?

Do you want the opportunity to test / prototype your idea to see if it will work?

Are you currently running a social enterprise but require some support to progress your business?

The Ards and North Down Social Entrepreneurship Programme (ANDSEP) is aimed at helping potential social entrepreneurs to start a business and to encourage existing social enterprises to grow, create additional employment and maximise their positive impact on society.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! You can access the application form using the QR code below or by filling out the online form.

QR code for ANDSEP application


The programme is fully funded by Ards and North Down Borough Council and delivered on behalf of the Council by Work West

Support for Social Enterprise via the ANDSEP Programme

Credit: Greenhouse Films

Other Support

Buy Social Summer

This summer it is likely that more and more of us will be staying at home and looking for ideas of how to spend our well-deserved break with our friends and families.  Recognising this, Social Enterprise NI have decided to promote a #BuySocialSummer Social Media Campaign which will showcase their members and give consumers a selection of ideas of “Things to do” or “Places to Visit” this Summer. Social Enterprise NI have put together a list of #SocialEnterprises which will offer you some great ideas of places to do activities or places to visit this summer. Check them out here:


If your social enterprise is offering any promotions during the summer, please get in touch. We will be featuring local social enterprises on our social media channels throughout the summer as part of the #BuySocialSummer campaign. Please email with details of your promotion. 


What Is Social Enterprise #WISE Podcast Series

Social Enterprise NI has launched a new digital initiative, What is a Social Enterprise? Podcast series. Hosted by Cate Conway, the series hears from individuals chatting to Cate about how they operate their business, explaining their business model and the origins of the passion that they have for those they support.

Find out more



UnLtd is a charity that promotes social entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom. Applications are currently open for UnLtd's Awards.  Their awards offer funding and support to social entrepreneurs trying to start-up or grow their social business, with funding ranging from £5,000 to £15,000.

Find out more about the awards


Community Foundation - Mental Health Support Fund

The purpose of the fund is to equip and enable charities to provide a wide range of support services for people with mental ill health throughout Northern Ireland. This may include services aimed at keeping people well, and/or ensuring that those who have previously been unwell remain well. Grants of between £5,000 and £500,000 are available. 

Find out more about the Mental Health Support Fund

Local Social Enterprise Good News

Aimée Clint, aged 20, from Ballywalter, a local Social Enterprise and previous ANDSEP participant has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action efforts having been honoured this week with The Diana Award.   Aimee is NI Young Person to be honoured The Diana Award for going above and beyond in her daily life to create and sustain positive change. 

After her brother was diagnosed with Autism, Aimée struggled to find the resources to help her understand his diagnosis. Whilst on the Young Enterprise NI Company programme, Aimée and her team set up a student business to publish 'No Two Stars are the Same', a book for young people to turn to for support. Aimée went on to set up social enterprise ‘Stellas’, where she wrote a second book and established a ‘buy one, give one’ model, so that young people can access support in school. Aimée has received a ‘Young Enterprise Journey Award’ for her work to raise awareness of Autism and is also the ‘Young Ambassador for Social Enterprise NI’, inspiring young social entrepreneurs. 

Read the full story 


To find out more information about the ANDSEP programme contact Maura Bettes.