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The award is from UnLtd and Santander as part of an innovative ‘peer-to-peer’ campaign.

Stuart & Laura Lambert – co-founders of Eastbourne’s coworking space, Cohub – are the latest recipients of the national Spark Award scheme to support people with a track record of making a difference in their communities.

Stuart & Laura will use the award to fund a series of meet-ups in Eastbourne with the aim of bringing together both existing social entrepreneurs with established enterprises as well as those considering the “social” model for a new project.

Stuart and Laura also hope to dispel some myths around social enterprises.

“When we set up Eastbourne’s coworking space we went back and forth in terms of what kind of legal entity Cohub should be” explained Stuart.

“On the one hand, we were establishing something that we hoped would provide social good in terms of increased entrepreneurial activity from the town’s independent workers but on the other hand we were also hopeful to make a return on our investment.”

Laura added:

“We’re delighted to be working with David Hinton of Social Enterprise East Sussex to promote and run the meet-ups – he helped us realise that social enterprises and the people who set them up don’t need to be embarrassed about making money out of their actions – creating good outcomes for others AND making a profit are NOT incompatible outcomes!”

The Eastbourne meet-ups fit perfectly with the overall objectives of the Spark campaign and its aims to create support networks for social entrepreneurs looking to address community needs.

The two-year campaign is being run by UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs, and Santander to help people like Stuart and Laura pass on their knowledge, skills and experience to others - in the hope that more people will take a lead role in making their communities a better place to live.

Sheralee Morris of Santander says: “UnLtd’s extensive network of social entrepreneurs will help to champion the Spark award scheme and give practical guidance to communities looking to tackle issues in their neighbourhoods through enterprise. By working with experienced entrepreneurs we’re hoping to help local communities create sustainable, practical enterprises that address social needs.”

The first meet-up in Eastbourne is at 5pm on Wednesday 19thFebruary at Cohub, right next door to Eastbourne railway station, and is open to Individuals working in or interested in establishing a social enterprises in or around Eastbourne.

The event is free to attend with online registration available at


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