Welcome to the GMSEN Social Enterprise Directory

This directory enables anyone to browse existing social enterprises across Greater Manchester.

This directory is designed to help customers find social enterprises in Greater Manchester that they can buy from or trade with. It is also intended to help individuals, businesses and organisations find social enterprises they may wish to support according to their social impact.

Social Enterprises can be searched by either key word, or you can use the sector and borough filters. This directory is focused on Greater Manchester and is free to register and use. You may also wish to use Social Enterprise UK’s Buy Social Directory which includes social enterprises from outside Greater Manchester.
 

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Social mission Description of SE Products or services sold
Stitched Up Co-operative Ltd Arts, heritage, sport and faith, Citizenship and community, Conservation of the natural environment, Employment, training and education, Mental health and well-being, Supporting social enterprise / voluntary action Inspiring action on sustainable fashion Clothes making, mending & upcycling workshops for organisations and the public, monthly Repair Cafe, quarterly clothes swaps, reclaimed textiles.
Swan Kitchens (at Back on Track) Employment, training and education, Mental health and well-being Swan Kitchens is Back on Track’s catering social enterprise. Our aim is to provide training, work placements and volunteering opportunities for adults who have had problems with homelessness, mental health, substance misuse or offending, helping people get the skills and experience they need to build a better future. Over 35 people have moved from Swan Kitchens into paid... We offer a range of hot and cold options, salads, cakes, and more, and we have options for gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and halal diets. All our food is prepared fresh on the day of delivery, using good quality ingredients. If there is something you want you don’t see on our menu, please get in touch and we will try to help! You can order online, and we can deliver your food to you - see our booking form for more information.
Talkoot CIC Arts, heritage, sport and faith, Citizenship and community, Conservation of the natural environment, Family, friends and relationships, Mental health and well-being, Physical health Talkoot means ‘a gathering of friends and neighbours to accomplish a task’
Here at Talkoot CIC we have a love of creativity, of being outside in nature, and of making connections with and between the people we meet.
Therefore our particular ‘talkoot’ is to nurture people’s creativity, to encourage healthy mindsets via simple tasks in natural surroundings, and to build...
At Talkoot we provide a specialist learning approach, influenced by Swedish Forest School and Montessori approaches. Within defined boundaries we encourage child-led sessions; giving children an equal, unique, and extremely valuable opportunity to discover nature and their own sense of independence. Being outdoors in our Forest School encourages mindfulness, creates positive relationships, and encourages awareness and responsibility for the environment. Forest School takes a long-term, sustained approach to outdoor learning, and invites children to experience new challenges, take appropriate risks and build self-esteem through achievable tasks.
The Blair Project Arts, heritage, sport and faith, Employment, training and education, Income and financial inclusion, Supporting social enterprise / voluntary action Filling digital skills gaps through provision of technical and vocational education training to disadvantaged young people using the power of motorsport and 3D printing to engage, inspire and enthuse! ProtoGP Schools Kart Challenge, Makerspace for communities, digital skills training including cyber security, digital manufacturing, traineeships, community karting, community enterprise training
The Bridge Service Mental health and well-being, Physical health The Bridge Service is an out-patient eating disorder service located in the centre of Manchester that provides children and young adults with immediate access to multidisciplinary specialist services.

Our overall aim is to increase the accessibility of eating disorder services and aid recovery by providing patients with immediate access to an evidence-based multidisciplinary...
Therapy services
The Circus House Arts, heritage, sport and faith, Citizenship and community, Mental health and well-being, Physical health The Circus House is a community interest company committed to investing the proceeds of our work into providing better training facilities and opportunities for our community. We offer classes, workshops, training space, teachers and performers for hire and we run community shows and events throughout the year.
The Digital Life Skills Company Employment, training and education, Family, friends and relationships, Mental health and well-being We teach young people essential digital life skills, enabling them to thrive in a digital world. Fully-facilitated workshops (in-school and in non-educational settings), classroom resources for teachers, training programmes for teachers, family learning workshops.
The Goodness Collective CIC Citizenship and community, Supporting social enterprise / voluntary action A social enterprise that exists to better co-ordinate local businesses want to give with the need in the local communities. Assistance to the VCSE sector and businesses in building meaningful and sustainable relationships for mutual benefit. Memberships to businesses who want to make better connections with their local communities. Paid events in order to develop a local cross sector networking and community funding pot model.
The Proud Trust - Sidney St Cafe Citizenship and community, Employment, training and education, Mental health and well-being Sidney St Cafe is a cafe and outside catering business based within Manchester's LGBT+ Centre. We believe food is a great way to bring people together and we provide great quality, excellent value food whilst supporting young LGBT+ people. We have an Outside Catering business for meetings, conferences and events, run a Community Cafe at The LGBT+ Centre on Sidney St and offer room hire within our Community Centre
Third Sector Accountancy Limited Employment, training and education, Supporting social enterprise / voluntary action Company limited by guarantee, aiming to register as a worker co-operative in due course; we aim to support the third sector by providing quality accountancy, book-keeping and assurance services at a reasonable price. Year end accounts; book-keeping; payroll; advice and consultancy; VAT support services; corporation tax returns; assurance
Uni consulting, Unique Improvements Ltd Mental health and well-being, Physical health Reducing health inequalties within deprived communities through community engagement community engagement, research, social marketing
Unlimited Potential Citizenship and community, Employment, training and education, Family, friends and relationships, Housing and local facilities, Income and financial inclusion, Mental health and well-being, Physical health, Supporting social enterprise / voluntary action Unlimited Potential is a democratically-controlled social enterprise that specialises in social innovation for happiness and health. Unlimited Potential was the first organisation in northern England to gain the national Social Enterprise Mark, holds the Investors in People Standard and the Fair Tax Mark, and is an accredited Living Wage Employer. The Society won Greater... Social innovation, health and well-being, employability
Upturn Enterprise Limited Citizenship and community, Employment, training and education, Family, friends and relationships, Income and financial inclusion, Mental health and well-being, Supporting social enterprise / voluntary action Upturn is a recognised Social Enterprise, limited by guarantee - committed to work in deprived areas to help improve lives, create job opportunities, support people into work
and encourage enterprise. We also seek to reduce homelessness, improve health and wellbeing and strengthen community assets.
Over the years, as we have worked with and supported people living in deprived communities we have recognised interconnections and inconsistencies. For example, on the one hand there is a shortage of affordable homes of quality and a shortage of construction workers, yet there is unemployment and the need to create job and training opportunities for young men, women and older people. There is the inability of the public sector to provide required funding due to cutbacks yet there are investors actively seeking ways to invest that provide both a return and a social outcome. We have also encountered at first hand the impact of these disconnections:  Homelessness  Unemployment  Poor Health and Wellbeing  Benefits dependency  Anti-social behaviour  Punitive Debt burden  Family stresses  Low educational attainment  Community disruption  Inter-generational issues As a social enterprise committed to improving lives and communities we have been exploring ways in which these disparate yet connected strands can be approached. It is this knowledge and experience that we bring to bear and use to inform the projects that we would like to develop and deliver – in partnership.
Wesley Community Furniture Conservation of the natural environment, Employment, training and education, Housing and local facilities, Income and financial inclusion Wesley is a Furniture Reuse Organisation, a charity that supplies furniture, domestic appliances, household goods and clothing at the lowest possible prices to those in greatest need, from all over the City of Manchester and beyond. We strive to provide the cheapest reusable furniture in Manchester – and to Reuse and Recycle as much of the material we collect as possible.
Our...
Furniture, white goods, bicycles, clothes, homeware, office furniture.
Wigan Mens Sheds Citizenship and community, Employment, training and education, Family, friends and relationships, Mental health and well-being, Physical health Wigan Mens Sheds is a Community Business that aims to reduce Men in Social Isolation, via allowing the members to use their skills and interests to make items that allow them to contribute a sense of purpose to the local community. Members can also share tools, help to mentor young people looking to develop their skills in areas such as Woodworking and Gardening, whilst also... Most of the members make items such as Bird Boxes, Hedgehog boxes, Raised Flower Beds etc, that are then sold as part of the Made in Wigan platform, created by Abram Ward Community Cooperative. Made in Wigan is a Buy Local brand that aims to reduce inequality via the growth of Community Businesses
Workplace Mental Health Limited Employment, training and education, Mental health and well-being Creating positive mental health cultures, Improving business performance by increasing awareness, good practice, confidence, accessibility, productivity and profitability.

We do this by bringing together people together in the workplace to understand what needs to change and put practical solutions in place to ensure mental health equality is achieved for the benefit of all.
Our offer to business, public services, schools and VCSE organisations is bespoke. It includes: Consultancy, Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Audit, Mental Health Awareness training, Managing Mental health in the workplace, Mindfulness, Culture Change, Employee Engagement, Talking Therapies, Workplace Advocacy, Mental Health Ambassador training and more.
Wraparound Partnership Employment, training and education, Family, friends and relationships Listening, empowering and supporting all organisations working with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Focus on whole family, whole system approach which is centered around the individual and their aspirations, and which encourages the support services around them to focus on positive outcomes. We offer families support with Education, Health and Social Care practical support such as applications for EHCP's advocacy at school/college meetings. Support to access respite care or personal budgets, advice on how to appeal against decisions. We deliver a Department of Education funded project called Independent Support to Trafford residents around, applications for EHCP and transfers from statements to EHCP's. Ensuring that the voice of the individual is at the centre of discussions. We support schools and colleges with SEN Training for staff, have delivered training to Health Professionals and social care teams, about the voice of the child and young person. We work with Special Needs Coordinators in educational settings to provide expert support to all things special needs, training, multi agency work, streamlining processes, dealing with parents, influencing the leadership.
Yellow Jigsaw Supporting social enterprise / voluntary action PR and campaigns services for charities and social enterprises PR services, campaign management and training for the not for profit sector
Young People's Service (YPS) Citizenship and community, Employment, training and education, Family, friends and relationships, Mental health and well-being Youth organisation Project work
ZalTa Arts, heritage, sport and faith, Citizenship and community, Employment, training and education, Family, friends and relationships, Income and financial inclusion, Physical health, Supporting social enterprise / voluntary action ZalTa is a social enterprise trading products and services in the fields of Arts, Education and Health. "ZalTa" is an acronym meaning "Green Butterfly", a symbol of the soul of the ancestors from one of the tribes in Eastern Europe. ZalTa's mission is to research, support and promote the traditions which different communities brought with them to Greater Manchester, that will... personal consultancy, workshops, lectures and classes, conferences, performances, Artwork, holistic health products

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