Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network

Welcome to the GMSEN website! Please browse the social enterprise directory, news and case studies, information about local and thematic networks in Greater Manchester, a range of support you can access and places to seek out finance and funding. And if you like what you see, please REGISTER for FREE. The website is new and developing so please do get in touch about what's missing and what else you'd like to see.

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Social enterprises are dynamic, innovative and diverse and they make a difference. SEUK’s 2015 state of the sector survey found that: a greater proportion of SEs are growing than mainstream small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); nearly a third of SEs are working in the top 20% most deprived communities in the UK; 40% of SEs are led by women and 12% are led by a BME person (18% and 7% of mainstream SMEs respectively); 41% of SEs created jobs in the prior 12 months (22% of mainstream SMEs) and these jobs pay fair wages.

GMSEN wants to showcase SE across Greater Manchester and to connect SEs with each other, with the networks and organisations who can support them and with opportunities for business and growth. We also want to help businesses and organisations connect with this exciting and developing sector and find the right SEs to provide them with excellent products and services while delivering impressive social impact.

Latest news from the social enterprise sector...

SEUK - State of Social Enterprise Survey

Complete Social Enterprise UK's State of Social Enterprise Survey 2019. Read on for more information...

Help Invest and Grow Hulme Community Garden Centre

Hulme Community Garden Centre (HCGC) in Manchester is running an exciting new Community Share Offer in July, allowing the public the chance to invest in and grow the positive social impact of the community garden.

Creative United's Prosper North Business Support Programme

A new, free business support programme for culture and heritage organisations to help them become stronger, more impactful, and make the most of the Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund investment opportunity.

SASC presents SASH - Social and Sustainable Housing

SASH provides loans of £2 - £5 million to small - medium sized charities, who provide accommodation and support to vulnerable people.  The purpose of the loan is to fund the purchase of safe, stable and appropriate housing for those vulnerable people.