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.


Flourish CIC have published a guide of funding , support and opportunities available aimed at people starting, sustaining and surviving in a new operating environment where covid-19 has impacted on the way we run our organisations. 

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

Social Enterprise UK have a Coronavirus support and resource hub for social enterprises, including a range of webinars here

They also have produced a briefing with information on what support Social Enterprises can access during Covid-19 here.

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

Impact Invest have resources and webinars to support social enterprises here.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs have a Coronavirus information and resources page here and how they can help support social enterprises here.

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.


The Business Growth Hub have developed a dedicated Coronavirus webpage and are running a series of webinars to provide guidance for businesses. Visit the webpage here.

British Business Bank - 'Bounce Back' Loan scheme - 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)

Co-operatives UK have produced and collated a range of practical guides and guidance specifically for co-ops, including HR advice, webinars and online meetings, surveys and funding links. 

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce have a dedicated web page here which has advice and support for businesses.

They are also offering all businesses who aren’t currently members free access to the GM Business Community which will give access to their network and support. Find out more here.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - Growth Company Business Finance (GCBF) is now an accredited provider of the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) here, supporting North West-based businesses to access loans of £50,001 to £250,000 subject to eligibility. 

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

Government has issued Coronavirus (COVID-19) a guidance document for Community Interest Companies (CICs) to maintain services for CICs and protect the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Manchester City Council have information about the support available for businesses along with how to claim grants here.

GMCA have provided a Covid-19 – Immediate support for the VSCE sector briefing which sets out some immediate sources of support (financial and otherwise) for VSCE organisations providing a response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Access the document here.

Find out what Big Society Capital are doing in response to Covid-19 here.

Power to Change have created a support page for community businesses affected by COVID-19, with links to further support, guidance and emergency funding.

They have also launched the Community Business Mutual Aid group, to help community businesses connect and support each other, and to better understand the needs of community businesses in facing the pandemic. Further info here

Social Investment Scotland have a Covid-19 support page which includes details of useful webinars they are running to support VCSE organisations at this time. See here.

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