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...

Survey on how to implement the Social Enterprise vision for Greater Manchester

Would you like to be involved in shaping how the Social Enterprise Vision for Greater Manchester is implemented?

Co-operative support available from The Hive

Considering setting up a co-operative? Looking to grow an existing co-op? You could benefit from up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring with The Hive (Co-operatives UK)...

Manchester's LGBT+ Centre community cafe are seeking temporary premises!

Manchester's history-making LGBT+ Centre is being rebuilt! Works commence August 2019 and will complete in May 2020. During this time, they need a premises to house the community cafe...

Launch of Resonance's Social Investment Fund for the North West

Are you a social enterprise/charity in the North West and considering social impact? Resonance would like to invite you to the launch event for their Resonance North West Social Investment Tax Relief (‘SITR’) Fund...