Alison Sallis, the Managing Director of Proper Job in Chagford, is one of 100 leaders across England to have been selected for a competitive learning programme and Match Trading grant of up to £10,000.

More than 330 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 support Alison to grow the community re-use and recycling project that aims to conserve resources. The not for profit enterprise has recently opened a new outlet called Uptown, situated in the heart of Chagford selling preloved and reclaimed items from Proper Job Resource Centre. The project also runs monthly workshops in repair to educated the local community. You are invited to join training sessions and skill sharing workshops offered to promote the benefits of reusing, recycling and reducing in this modern age.

Alison has begun a six-month learning programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, which supports people starting up and running social enterprises, charities, community business and environmental projects.

Alison 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 Proper Job, so I can support the community in 2018.”

Dirk Rohwedder, director of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Alison onto the programme, where she will learn alongside other community leaders how to create lasting social impact for the region. We are confident Alison has the entrepreneurial qualities and motivation to increase their impact on Chagford and even further, which is why we have awarded her a highly-coveted place.”

The £10,000 Match Trading grant

Proper Job will also be one of the first organisations in the world to 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 with the support of pioneer partners Lloyds Banking Group and the Big Lottery Fund, and programme partner Power to Change. Power to Change has provided the funding for this programme.