Leeds Community Enterprise (Elsie for short) is an enterprise accelerator. A source of wisdom, advice and practical support that can be used by anyone in Leeds who is undertaking any kind of enterprise. It may be a business, a campaign, community group or any other project. It is for anyone who is looking to make progress, but needs a bit of a boost.
Elsie provides a service that is confidential, competent and caring.
With Business Link disappearing, and the boundaries between business, community and social impact becoming more blurred we need to put together new, low cost and sustainable ways of helping people in our community who are trying to make things happen. This is my best stab at what that could be like.
Elsie is a group of trained volunteers drawn from all walks of Leeds life who meet for 2 hours every month to brainstorm advice, guidance and support for anyone in Leeds who is looking to advance a particular project but needs help. Elsie not only offers practical and technical advice, but will also act as point of contact into other Leeds support networks.
Elsie does not work directly with the people who are seeking support, but with their advocates, who may be a friend, relative, coach or advisor. We train these advocates so that they can get the most out of their time with Elsie and get maximum benefit from the process. By working with those who are already providing help and support in the community we are able to keep our costs down and our reach up.
Elsie meetings are fun, fast moving, practically focussed and above all helpful – and not just for the people who are seeking support.