Citizen-led Economic Change for Frome

POSTPONED because of Covid-19. Please leave your details here and we'll be in touch once we are able to reschedule

What if…our entire community could get together to support local, social, sustainable entrepreneurial projects? What if we could build an entire ecosystem of support around the types of initiatives we want to see flourish in our town?

Join us for an evening of connection, celebration and solidarity. We’ll come together to “invest” in local start-ups or enterprises that need our help to grow.

Entrepreneurs need all kinds of support. Financial capital is important, but so are other forms of support, from skills, networks and workspace, to child care. Join us to play your part in creating even more of the kind of town we want to live in!

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We all have a stake in our local economy. We can be all be investors too

Local Entrepreneurs Forums are part of a global grassroots movement seeking to strengthen our resilience to today’s challenges, and develop a movement for something better.

Everyone has a say and a part to play in the kind of economy they want to see in Frome and the world.

You can, of course, invest money, but also your time, resources, skills, enthusiasm, and any other kind of support!

Entrepreneurs supported by the community do better. The local economy does better too.


7-9pm on Thursday 15th October at The Cheese & Grain, Frome

Tickets are free, but please do book.

(This will be a shorter, snappier event than last year – pitches, pledges and possible post-drinks! We won’t be providing food but the bar will be open throughout).

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Feedback from LEF 2019:

I thought the whole event was really inspiring. It’s the future. A brilliant way of building a sustainable and resilient community from the people upwards.

Peter Macfadyen,

The Local Entrepreneurs Forum was a brilliant event – It was terrific to see the number of Frome Community “Dragons” pledging support for the variety of organisations pitching. I was proud to see the newly formed Tech Shed presenting their proposals, and generating some really useful support from Frome Organisations and individuals. Well done Edventure – You may need to get a larger venue next time!

Patrick Abrahams,

Feeling extremely proud to be part of the Edventure Team for Frome’s first ever L.E.F. and to see how community spirit can pull together so many varied skill sets and expertise to help local businesses progress and grow. The L.E.F. was not only a great example of what we can make happen for our local business, but also a celebratory event of the positive impact it can bring – a great first for Frome.

Lisa Haines, Edventure: Frome

The Local Entrepreneurs Forum was a great opportunity to bring the business community together to encourage mutual support. The level of engagement was incredible and many connections were made through the evening. Frome Town Council is committed to helping to build a thriving community of businesspeople that help each other and give back to the wider community. We were therefore delighted to support this initiative and look forward to hearing all the stories from those businesses that took part!

Peter Wheelhouse, Economic Development & Regeneration Manager - Frome Town Council

Being part of this pioneering community event went well beyond all my expectations. It made me proud to live in Frome and it made me feel even more connected to the wonderful social entrepreneurs who are building Frome’s Future in inspiring and creative ways. Pledging support, financial and practical, turned out to be very infectious. This is just the beginning !

Nicola Tanner,

The LEF provided a great opportunity to showcase the supportive and collaborative community we have here in Frome. The event had a real energy behind it, and it was enthusing to hear the shouts of support around the room and the dedication of the entrepreneurs making the pitches.

Vivienne Whitaker, Frome Town Council

The LEF was a wonderful way to support local businesses that might go under the radar in normal circumstances. There was a lovely feeling of community. The pitches were delivered with passion and the generosity and friendliness of people in the room was quite humbling.

Andy Britnell,

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We are seeking 4 entrepreneurs to pitch their projects to our local community. This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your venture, as well as to gain financial and or/non-financial investment and support. Our criteria for choosing ventures to pitch:

  • enterprise is ethical, sustainable and appropriately local
  • enterprise helps address our local response to the climate emergency
  • demonstrates competence through business plan and/or track record
  • business model does not rely on donations or grant funding
  • ‘investment’ required would allow venture to ‘get to the next level’ – investment could be financial and/or non-financial
  • contributes to the long-term resilience of the community
  • one slot is reserved for a youth-led enterprise

If you would like to pitch, please email a short summary of your start-up idea / enterprise to Lisa Hawes, Business Development Lead at Edventure [email protected]

Apply to Pitch Your Project

Not Sure? Keen to Explore?

use our support, guidance and tools

If you’re not sure about pitching at the LEF but would like to explore making your idea reality, please feel free to use our incubation tools. They’re designed to stimulate, inspire, and support you as you develop your business concept. They’re free to Somerset residents thanks to funding from Somerset Skills & Learning.


Edventure Short Courses

Building community enterprise skills and effective collaboration.

Edventure Start-Up Tools

The 4 pillars of our flagship Start-Up Course as separate, real-time workshops.

TIMELINES to pitch at the lef

Mon 1 Sep: Deadline for written applications

w/c 7 Sep: Shortlisted projects meet with the panel

Fri 11 Sep: Final pitchers announced 

Thu 15 Oct: LEF!

Please do not wait until the application deadline to apply. If you can send us your concept early, we can provide you with feedback and provide business mentoring through our partners.

Apply To Pitch Your Project

The LEF is hosted by Edventure: Frome. It is co-funded by Mendip District Council & Frome Chamber of Commerce, with support from Frome Town Council and The REconomy Network.


What do you mean by financial / non-financial investment?

Non-financial investment could include providing time, networking help, workspace, and other goods or services – either voluntary or in return for goods or other exchanges.

Financial investment could include offering a loan or money in return for equity – investors can pledge their support at the meeting, and will then follow up afterwards to arrange their own terms and conduct their own due diligence.

Is there an age limit for the event? Do I need ID?

No age limit for the event, and no ID required! Just please remember that alcohol will only be sold to those over 18.

What should I bring with me to the event? What should I *not* bring?

Please do bring your sense of community, the will to make things better by creating a Community Supported Local Economy, offers of spare cash, expertise, skills, time, support, hugs… Oh, and your friends! We’d love to see them all there. You may not bring saboteurs, cynics, or drugs.

I can’t come anymore. Is my ticket transferrable?

Yes – simply email us on [email protected] and tell us who’s coming instead of you.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need! We will have a list of names we will be ticking off and possibly stamping your hand too.

What if I have more questions and want to talk to someone?

Please feel free to email us at [email protected] or call on 07548 014066