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LARCH LABs is our coaching, mentoring and peer support service for Social Enterprises seeking early-stage help but not yet sure of their exact needs and requirements.

LARCH LAB was devised in November 2022, as an innovative response to support Social Enterprises seeking support from LARCH, but as yet unsure of their exact needs and requirements. This could range from further investigation on their business idea, their social purpose, trading, governance or understanding finance, therefore not ready for the current LARCH pathway. 

The development of LARCH LAB has been tested successfully on 5 organisations already. It provides an individual/small group space to explore their history, current situation, and plans for their social enterprise, simultaneously providing direct coaching and mentoring activity alongside considering development potential within and without LARCH.

LARCH LAB offers:

  • Informal coaching
  • Early-stage development support
  • Embryonic space for 1:1’s
  • Potential to develop peer groups for support and networking
  • Opportunity for progress to LARCH Enterprise Development pathway


This coaching might result in:

  • Progressing to the main enterprise pathway via a LARCH Review Panel and application for grant/loan finance
  • Progressing to an alternative enterprise pathway
  • Progressing to a combination of enterprise pathways including LARCH
  • Deciding that Social Enterprise is not for them at this stage
  • The LARCH LAB has been all the support they need for now 

I'm interested, what's next?

The process will begin with you having a series of sessions with an experienced consultant to explore the origins, current position and plans of your Social Enterprise (existing or embryonic). The consultant will then identify opportunities, areas for development, and potential gaps in thinking and planning roughly grouped around:

  • Personal to the individuals leading/operating the enterprise
  • Organisational linked directly to the operations and functions of the enterprise
  • External to the enterprise connected to partners / collaborators / customers / commissioners
  • Creating action points or in-session activities to support the formation, development or transition of the social enterprise


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If you’re interested in exploring how LARCH LAB can help please get in touch.

LARCH LAB Case Study

LARCH LAB Case Study

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