Support for BAME* Social Entrepreneurs

Research by GMCVO in partnership with the GM BAME Network in 2019 identified the need to establish high quality business support to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) social businesses across Greater Manchester.  A briefing report for this inital research is available here,

GMCVO, in association with Greater Manchester BAME Network accepted all the recommendations from the research and were able to implement some these in 2019-2021 with support from The People's Postcode Lottery and The Connect Fund. An evaluation of this first stage of work can be found here.

In order to deliver required business support to BAME social entrepreneurs, we have established a network for BAME-led social enterprises. The BASE network will give social entrepreneurs from BAME communities the opportunity to:

  • Network with and learn from their peers.
  • Learn from experts
  • Develop their skills in key aspects of running a business
  • Support in accessing social investment to help their businesses grow

The network will meet regularly to hear from expert speakers, exchange skills, ideas, knowledge and experiences.

*We use the BAME abbreviation as we believe it is widely understood, but we acknowledge many feel this term is inadequate and limiting. We are therefore currently reviewing our use of the term. Our principle is to refer to individuals, organisations or networks by the terminology they themselves prefer.

If you are a BAME social entrepreneur, there are a variety of ways in which you can get involved: