Asda and WCVA’s Social Investment Cymru (SIC) are once again offering you the chance to attend the pioneering Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy and receive a comprehensive package of support and funding that could help your social business scale-up and access new markets. What is the Academy? Funded through the proceeds of Asda’s carrier bag levy, the programme will support two Welsh social enterprises to strengthen their understanding of supermarket retail and refine their commercial and marketing skills, with the potential to get their products on supermarket shelves in Wales….or even beyond. This is a unique scheme providing an opportunity to build the sustainability of your social enterprise. It’s also hoped that the Academy will help raise awareness of social enterprises amongst Asda shoppers. The deal Successful social enterprises will receive: Access to a range of specially developed training modules delivered over three days at Asda House in Leeds to include everything from understanding consumer purchasing to branding and packaging design Support to pitch your product to Asda Mentoring and insight from Asda experts and specialist support from SIC A grant to cover participation in the Academy, tailored to your needs Access to bespoke investment to help develop and expand your operations should Asda select your products Timelines You have until close of business on the 18 April 2017 to apply for a coveted place at the Academy. Simply complete the short expression of interest form and get it back to us a.s.a.p. and before the deadline. Applicants will then be shortlisted and the top two will be invited to attend the Social Enterprise Supplier Development Academy between 6 and 9 June 2017, and pitch their product to Asda buyers. Next steps Got a question? Check out the FAQs section on the Social Investment Scotland site where you can also hear from some of the organisations that attended last year’s academy. Or give us a call on 0800 2888 329. Submit an Expression of Interest Click here to download a copy of the form and send it to AsdaSEacademywales@wcva.org.uk no later than close of business on 18 April 2017.