Local entrepreneur, Matt Kitson, from Wigtown, has graduated from the 2014/15 cohort of the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme.
The year-long programme, run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, provided each individual on the ‘Start Up’ programme with a £4,000 grant and established Social Enterprises on the ‘Scale Up’ programme with a £15,000 grant. In addition all participants received comprehensive learning support from The School for Social Entrepreneurs and a business mentor from the Bank.
Matt Kitson graduated from the third year of the Start Up programme with his social enterprise, Driftwood Cinema. Driftwood Cinema is a mobile cinema to enable community engagement and social interactions across a dispersed region.
Paula Rogers, Head of the Social Entrepreneurs Enterprise Programme at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “It has been great to see the progress of this year’s cohort of social entrepreneurs and we’ve seen many impressive examples of enterprises delivering a positive impact to society through tangible social change. Our commitment to the Social Entrepreneurs programme sits at the heart of our helping Britain Prosper Plan and we look forward to seeing these enterprises flourish and continue to bring long-lasting benefit to communities, individuals and the environment.”
Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “It has been a delight to see the progress of so many hugely motivated students as they now graduate from the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme. We look forward to seeing them further grow their social enterprises and wish them the very best of luck for the future.”
To find out more about the programme, visit: www.yourideastartshere.co.uk