Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

The Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Ecosystem event - Notes, slides and photos available

On July 11th we held an event in collaboration with Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network (GMSEN)...

...The Greater Manchester social enterprise ecosystem: Networks, skills and investment for a thriving movement.

Nearly 60 people from social enterprises, charities and interested organisations attended and the day included:

  • Speeches on developing the social enterprise ecosystem to enable a thriving movement which can shape an inclusive and sustainable GM
  • Eamonn Boylan, chief executive of GMCA, discussing social enterprise’s role in a devolved Greater Manchester and in the Combined Authority’s ambitions for the future of the city region
  • The launch of GMCVO's new social investment programme - GM Social Investment which you can read more about here
  • Workshops and discussion sessions which enabled attendees to develop and share skills, ideas and opportunities with each other

Find notes from all workshops and discussion sessions here, including links to any Powerpoint slides available.

The full agenda for the day can be found here.

More photos can be found here.

Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to meet others with shared interests and aspirations. One attendee - Adil Mohammed Javed from Alchemy Arts - commented: "running a social enterprise can be non stop and hectic all the time. It's nice to reflect and re-asses the vision around other inspirational and creative minds."

The day's lunch received enthusiastic praise from attendees. It was provided by new social enterprise, Heart and Parcel, who were recently featured in the Observer. They bring women from migrant communities together by making dumplings and developing ESOL skills. They fund this great work through mouth-watering supper clubs, market stalls, catering and workshops. Please also see their Facebook page and Twitter for more info.