Rural England Prosperity Fund – Round 2 now open

Supporting Rural Communities via Local Arts, Cultural, Heritage and Creative Activities  Are you a community organisation looking for capital funding to bring a project to life that would benefit your rural community in Redcar & Cleveland? If so, this funding could help.  The Rural Fund provides capital grants of between £3k and £15k for local arts, cultural, […]

<strong>LARCH Governance and Operational Review</strong>

Invitation to Tender                    Submission deadline: Friday 15th March 2024 LARCH seeks an independent consultant/organisation to complete a Governance and Operational Review for its £4m enterprise development and social investment programme aimed at reducing poverty and inequality through the growth of social economies in Redcar and Cleveland and Hartlepool. Email for more information on the […]

My Journey: Ian Cawley, The Big League CIC

LARCH interviewed Ian Cawley, Manager of The Big League CIC which runs the Poolie Time Emporium project, supporting local business owners from Bovis House, offering them one-to-one consultancy and low-cost business accommodation. The Community Interest Company (CIC) was launched in 2014, as a community-wide attempt to alleviate poverty and create job opportunities across Hartlepool and […]

LARCH at Hartlepool Enterprise Week

We’re taking part in Hartlepool Enterprise Week! Exploring Social Enterprise Thursday 25th January 12pm-1pm The BIS, Whitby Street, Hartlepool TS24 7AD Come and see us with HartlePower and find out what it means to be a social enterprise. Hear first-hand from a social enterprise founder on her experiences of setting up a social enterprise and […]

LARCH Autumn Events Programme

Here at LARCH we have an exciting programme of events coming up this Autumn. We’ve listened to your needs and created a schedule of inspiring and informative sessions with something for everyone. You can book some now, whilst others please save the date or look out for future announcements. Good Governance and Financial Planning to strengthen […]

My Journey: Sarah Parker, Play Out Hartlepool

Play Out Hartlepool CIC exists to promote the importance of outdoor play for everyone. It is run by Sarah Parker and her vision is to: Sarah, tell us how and why you started Play Out Hartlepool. I’ve been a qualified teacher since 2005, and had 4 kids in that time, the first being twins. I […]

<strong>Could you be a LARCH Ambassador?</strong>

Are you passionate about social enterprise? We’re looking for people to join us and act as ambassadors and advocates for LARCH. You’ll be willing to engage and enthuse individuals and organisations to promote social enterprise and generate viable social enterprise ideas. Get in touchIf you’re interested and would like an informal chat about the role and […]

Busting 6 myths about Social Investment

In this post, we bust 6 social investment myths we hear time and time again from our users! We’ve spoken to many social enterprises and charities wanting to understand more about social investment. Our consultants have many years of experience and often hear the same pre-existing misconceptions. So we’re here to challenge them, bust those […]

My journey: Ruth Fox from Footprints in the Community

Footprints in the Community is a charity working to reduce poverty and isolation in Redcar & Cleveland. Its many projects include a foodbank, The Shed, a cafe, Next Step Shop, First Steps baby items and Reflections dementia support to name a few. Ruth Fox is CEO of the organisation and gave us this honest and […]