Helping Nikki to battle on

Building Britain’s skills

The Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery has helped over 1,500 social entrepreneurs to start-up or grow their businesses since 2012. In addition, our colleagues support these social entrepreneurs as mentors to help them build sustainable social businesses.

Nikki Markham was one of five finalists shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank 2017 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The finalists were selected based on the impact they created, the growth they have achieved and the potential of their plans.

Supporting Battling On

Nikki is founder of Battling On.

Battling On is a social enterprise that supports veterans to reintegrate into civilian life. The veterans are trained and employed as mentors and instructors to support vulnerable young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and adults with disabilities.

The veterans help these individuals develop employment and personal skills through an innovative multi-award winning approach which combines nationally recognised vocational training with numeracy and literacy, together with work experience gained through volunteering on local community based projects.

Empowering entrepreneurs

Nikki received a comprehensive learning programme with School for Social Entrepreneurs, a grant of £15,000, and a Lloyds Banking Group colleague mentor to help develop Battling On and increase its social impact.

By empowering entrepreneurs to start up and grow businesses we can help them to tackle some of the most difficult social issues within their communities.

I am thrilled to have been part of the programme. The prize I received for coming second place in the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017 will have a huge impact on Battling On. Being based in the rural South West we have very poor transport networks. The money will go towards the purchase of a community bus to support our volunteering initiatives, and it will enable us to reach the elderly and vulnerable within our community who are suffering from social isolation.

Nikki Markham, founder of Battling On

Empowering entrepreneurs

Our commitment

Our target to support social entrepreneurs to develop their skills and their social businesses is a key commitment in our Helping Britain Prosper Plan.

The Helping Britain Prosper Plan was launched in 2014 and unites our Group and our colleagues to meet targets to address core socio-economic issues facing the UK. We believe we can use our scale and reach to help people, businesses and communities to prosper, because we know that when Britain prospers, we can too.

You can find out more about the targets we have set here

Find out more about our School for Social Entrepreneurs here