The money has come through the Phoenix Fund, a source of funding designed to support business start-ups in communities that have less opportunities than those in more affluent areas.
The 12 recipients of the funds are listed below with the areas they target and contacts:
Train 2000 – women entrepreneurs in Merseyside – Maggie O’Carroll 0151-236 6601 or Helen@train2000.org.uk.
Bristol East Side Traders – inner city areas in the South West – Helen Bone 0117-916 6421 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Firms UK – social enterprises nationwide – Sally Reynolds 01737-764021 or email@example.com.
ABi Associates – African and Caribbean community in London – Ruth Djang 020-8426 3990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centre for Enterprise – general enterprise in the East Midlands – Kash Khunkhuna 0116-229 3300 or email@example.com.
Voluntary Action Cumbria – rural communities in Cumbria – Viv Lewis 01768-214805 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Active – social enterprises in Devon and Cornwall – Judith Reynolds 01752-500888 or email@example.com.
WEETU (Women’s Employment, Enterprise and Training Unit) – general enterprise in Norfolk and nartionwide – Alison Mcfarlane 01603-767367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civic Trust Regeneration Unit/New Economics Foundation – harnessing skills in disadvantaged areas nationwide – Paul Squires 024-7623 1956 or email@example.com.
Women’s Business Development Agency – women entrepreneurs in West Midlands and the South West Â– Sally Arkley 024-7658 1958 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food & Drink Forum – encouraging food and drink businesses in East Midlands – Shona Munro 0115-875 8884 or email@example.com.
Mazorca Projects – support owner-managers of design businesses in East London – Dieneke Ferguson 020-7729 3800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.