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...

Tech for Good & Women Changemakers at Flourish Event - Friday 13th September

Flourish are having a collaborative event with Tech For Good on Friday 13th September 2019. It will be an event to explore how tech can help the right situations. Read on for more information...

UnLtd’s Thrive ‘Solutions for an Ageing Society’ Accelerator

UnLtd’s Thrive ‘Solutions for an Ageing Society’ (SfAS) Accelerator is officially open, and they are looking for people improving the quality of life for the over 50s. Register your interest or apply before the end of September...     
 

The Bright Ideas Fund is Now Open - Application closes 30th September

The Bright Ideas Fund supports new community business ideas through the start-up and planning stages with tailored business support, to the implementation stage with grants of up to £15,000. For more information, read on...

What's next for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester?

What's next for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester? Read the VCSE policy position paper and complete the online survey before the 30th September 2019 to have your say...