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...

Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission launch their Call for Evidence

Have you been involved in running, setting up or tring to set up a co-operative? The Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission really want to hear from you!

Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme - applications open

Applications are open for the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme - deadline 27th March

2019 Stephen Lloyd Awards open for applications

Awards now open for the Stephen Lloyd Awards. Applications close on April 5th. 

£3.2m Bright Ideas Fund to help community business and start-ups

Power to Change has announced a new £3.2m Community Business Bright Ideas Fund to offer tailored support and grants of up to £15,000 to 150 groups to develop their projects. Deadline: 9th April 2019