Nikki DiGiovanni, the Development Director of CCORRN – Cambridgeshire Community Reuse and Recycling Network in March, is one of 80 leaders across England to have been selected for a competitive learning programme and Match Trading grant of up to £10,000.

More than 230 people across England applied for the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The programme supports people improving their local communities through trade.

The programme will help Nikki and her team to grow CCORRN, which creates opportunities for things like paint, craft materials, workwear and food to be repurposed.

Nikki will soon begin a nine-month learning programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). SSE helps people develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems.

Nikki says: “I am delighted to have been accepted onto the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The programme and Match Trading grant of up to £10,000 will help me grow CCORRN, so that we can support more people in Fenland.

Alastair Wilson, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Nikki DiGiovanni onto the programme, where they’ll learn alongside other community leaders how to create lasting social impact for the region. We are confident Nikki has the entrepreneurial qualities and motivation to increase their impact on Fenland even further, which is why we have awarded her a highly-coveted place.”

CCORRN will receive a Match Trading grant of up to £10,000. Match Trading is a new type of funding for socially-led organisations. It matches an increase in sales pound-for-pound, incentivising social entrepreneurs to find ways to earn more money, which they use to help more people or the environment. Match Trading was created by the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Find out more about the programme and register your interest for the 2020 programme at https://www.the-sse.org/courses/community-business/

For further information, please contact:

  • Nikki DiGiovanni – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. T: 0790 5951735 L: 01354 607667
  • Sophie Hobson, head of communications, the School for Social Entrepreneurs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0207 089 9120