RJ Working had the benefit of support from Cornwall’s School for Social Entrepreneurs as a start-up enterprise with a social purpose, back in 2012. Co-founder Deborah Mitchell says ‘the SSE in Cornwall is a very supportive and knowledgeable community. Being among inspirational colleagues is a great way to learn’. Through the ‘Start-Up’ Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, which works in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Deborah became a Fellow of the SSE in 2014.
This year she is back with them for more learning among a different group, taking part in the ‘Trade-Up’ Programme. Deborah feels very fortunate to be working again with the same Lloyds Bank mentor who she got to know in 2014: Rachel Thomson, who has strong West Cornwall knowledge and business expertise. Lloyds also has a Relationship Manager for Education in the South West, because of their ability to contribute to the changing position of schools as developing businesses in their communities.
About the approaching Royal Visit Sally Heard, CEO of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Cornwall, said: ‘We are thrilled to see RJ Working CIC being recognised in this way, as well as its founder Deborah. We are proud to be supporting Deborah this year because she is a shining example of a social entrepreneur – someone who has new ideas about how to tackle important social issues. Social enterprise creates employment and social change across Cornwall, and indeed the country, and it’s very encouraging that this is gaining royal recognition in the region.’