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PEOPLE running organisations that have a social and environmental impact across Hampshire are being urged to join an award-winning entrepreneurs programme.

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is open for applications.

The programme provides entrepreneurs who are tackling difficult social issues within their communities grants of up to £10,000, a learning programme and a dedicated business mentor from Lloyds Banking Group to grow their own businesses.

Donna McGhie, from Eastleigh, was supported by the programme, to develop social enterprise Art & Murals. She said: ‘I’d advise anyone thinking about starting a social enterprise to get on to a scheme like this.’

Go to the-sse.org/lbsep/ for more.