27th May 2022

In March 2022, BG Futures launched its Lincolnshire Social Economy Hub
and Greater Lincolnshire Social Economy Academy. Officially opened by Ursula Lidbetter OBE, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Co-op, BG Futures aim to tailor their offer of support to the social economy sector locally.


Ursula said: “Having a base for social enterprise is more than just a building, it’s a place to bring people together, where ideas spark and wonderful things can happen.

The Lincolnshire Social Economy Hub will help create more opportunities for social enterprise in Lincolnshire at a time when the sector needs it the most and I’m excited to see where it will lead.”

In support of this, Bishop Grosseteste University’s business facing Lincolnshire Open Research and Innovation Centre team are working to build on previous research in to the social economy sector which helped to inform the Social Economy Strategy for Greater Lincolnshire: 2021-2031.

They are calling for input from all local social economy organisations, including social enterprises, community interest companies, charities, mutuals, co-operatives, community land trusts and un-incorporated groups. The views of the sector are being sought via a short survey to gather information on the state of the sector locally, and also what it needs in order to develop.

The Rev Canon Professor Peter Neil, Vice-Chancellor at Bishop Grosseteste University, said:

“The launch of BG Futures as the Lincolnshire Social Economy Hub, and the launch of the brand-new Greater Lincolnshire Social Economy Academy reaffirm Bishop Grosseteste University’s commitment to supporting organisations with clear social or environmental missions.

“This year is a significant milestone for the university as we celebrate our 160th anniversary and a decade since we were awarded full university status, and as an anchor institution for Lincoln we are proud to be able to support organisations that make Lincolnshire a better place to live and work.”

The survey can be completed here or through the tile below.