Greater Manchester Combined Authority is calling upon social enterprise leaders to apply to join a new initiative to help drive forward an ambitious agenda for social enterprise throughout the city-region.

The Social Enterprise Advisory Group, made up of social enterprise leaders from across the sector, will advise the Mayor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority leaders, and the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership by identifying and offering recommendations on the actions needed to help the sector thrive.

Rose Marley, the co-founder and CEO of award-winning SharpFutures, which supports young people into employment in the creative digital and technology sectors, will act as interim Chair to lead the establishment of the group for the first 12 months.

With the variety and diversity of social enterprise evident throughout all 10 local authority areas, the Advisory Group will work to shape growth and development in the sector in alignment with the objectives of the Greater Manchester Strategy and the Local Industrial Strategy.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “As part of our local industrial strategy we are committed to creating the best possible conditions for social enterprises to thrive in our city-region, and this group will be at the forefront of guiding that strategy.

“Social enterprises have a vital role to play in helping Greater Manchester realise its potential through community-focused investment, innovation, and jobs growth, making this one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on, and grow old.”

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To download an Expression of Interest form click here

To see the Terms of Reference click here

For any queries, contact Anne Lythgoe at

All applications must be submitted by 5pm on 31st December 2019.