This section brings together GMCVO’s projects and services relating to our work supporting social enterprise and the social economy. Explore the drop-down menu above ('in this section') for information about support available, networks to connect to and resources for social enterprises and entrepreneurs in Greater Manchester. Be sure to check out our social enterprise support directory.
We work at the front line of Social Enterprise support. Through our Addventures project we provide an opportunity for new organisations to get going, and our GM Social Investment programme provides Social Investment for VCSE’s looking to grow what they do.
Behind the scenes, GMCVO hosts the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network, a 'network of networks' that exists to showcase social enterprise across Greater Manchester and to connect social enterprises with each other, with the networks and organisations who can support them and with opportunities for business and growth.
How do we define social enterprise? Please see our definition here.
A vibrant Social Economy will cherish its traditional characteristics of independence, inclusion and innovation and with a higher profile and greater recognition will be able to address local need and contribute to delivering on GM’s strategic priorities.
Why are we doing it?
We see social enterprise as a vital ingredient in the social economy, which comprises VCSE organisations and the social value of other economic actors. There are some known enablers of a strong social economy in a place, which we are seeking to mobilise, and these will include increased and better-connected support for social enterprise. We want to stimulate some innovative thinking about effective practical support for the social economy, and to embed a culture of considering the social impact of all activities.