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Not all organisations are eligible to apply to host a Business Growth Internship. Broadly speaking, employers must be third sector organisations or private SMEs and sole traders involved in the Arts or Creative Industries.

Examples of third sector organisations who would be eligible to apply include:

  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Community organisations
  • Volunteering bodies
  • Co-operatives
  • Trade unions
  • Mutuals
  • Housing associations
  • Credit unions
  • Community Interest Companies (CICs) – if no profit distribution
  • Charitable trusts (if the trust was set up by a local authority, the trust must be fully independent from the local authority)
  • Community Enterprise Trusts

Examples of organisations who would not be eligible to apply include:

  • Arms- length council bodies including trusts (defined by clauses in the constitution that concede control to the local authority).
  • Community Interest Companies where there is profit distribution
  • Private sector – except for those SMEs and sole traders involved in the Arts or Creative Industries
  • Local Authorities