Connecting BAME Social Entrepreneurs is a Greater Manchester (GM) level programme aimed at connecting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) social entrepreneurs to opportunities for development and growth. It is funded by the Connect Fund and People’s Postcode Lottery to provide support to social enterprises led by BAME people.
The programme is delivered by GMCVO in association with Greater Manchester BAME Network. We are also working closely with social enterprise networks and infrastructure organisations. The programme has seen the establishment of the Greater Manchester BAME Social Enterprise Network, delivery of capacity building support and mentoring to BAME social entrepreneurs.
The programme will give BAME social entrepreneurs access to capacity building support, mentoring and a dedicated network
Why are we doing it?
The report from a local research project which took place in 2019 identified barriers that exclude BAME social entrepreneurs from social investment opportunities (see report below). Through this programme we want to address some of the barriers to make social enterprise infrastructure more inclusive to BAME social enterprise. The social impact of these enterprises will contribute to reducing inequalities that BAME communities have traditionally faced.
*GMCVO uses 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 of our use of the term. Our principle is to refer to individuals, organisations or networks by the terminology they themselves prefer.