Support and Resources for Social Enterprises

This page lists information, sources of support and resources for Social Enterprises during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

There is also more general information, and details of funding available on our main Coronavirus web page here.

Please note that this is a fast changing situation and although this page is updated regularly, the information contained may not be fully up to date. If you are aware of information that you think would be useful for this page, please email Viki Lee at GMCVO.


Good Finance have developed a resources hub to support charities and social enterprises here.

Social Enterprise UK have a Coronavirus support and resource hub for social enterprises here

Social Investment Business have information and resources on a dedicated Covid-19 web page here.

The Business Growth Hub have a dedicated Coronavirus advice and resources webpage here.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs have a dedicated Coronavirus information and resources page here.

Co-operatives UK have produced and collated a range of guides and resources specifically for co-ops here.  

Practical Support

The School for Social Entrepreneurs have information about how they can help support social enterprises on their website here.

Flourish CIC have published a guide listing the support available for social enterprises. View the guide here.

Power to Change have created a support page for community businesses affected by COVID-19 here.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce are offering all businesses who aren’t currently members, free access to the GM Business Community which will give access to the network and support. Find out more here.

Financial Support

Government has a page detailing the financial support available for businesses here.

'Bounce Back' Loan scheme - A loan scheme introduced to help smaller businesses impacted by Covid-19. It aims to assist businesses to borrow between £2,000 up to £25,000 of business turnover (maximum amount available is £50,000). Find out more on the British Business Bank website here.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) - as an accrediated provider of the CBILS, Growth Company Business Finance can support North West-based businesses to access loans of £50,001 to £250,000 subject to eligibility. Find out more here.

Useful Information

Social Enterprise UK have launched a report based on initial analysis of the responses to their recent Covid-19 survey. The report can be accessed here.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce have released their recovery plan for Covid-19. 'The Way Forward' can be accessed here.

Government has issued a guidance document for Community Interest Companies (CICs) to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the outbreak. Read it here

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