Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Research project with BME social entrepreneurs in Greater Manchester

BME charities and social enterprises are less well connected, resourced and heard than others in the sector. The Connecting BME Entrepreneurs to Social Investment project will explore the social investment support requirements of BME organisations.

GMCVO and delivery partners will use this project to gain a better understanding of: what services are available; why BME organisations do not appear to be making use of them; and how providers can make them more inclusive. It’s anticipated that this short 7-month study will help it to join the fragments of resources, enable peer support and link those BME organisations interested in social investment with suitable support.

This proposal has been co-developed and will be delivered in partnership with the Greater Manchester Black Minority Ethnic Network (GMBME Network) and Flourish Together CIC.

The intention is to recruit 20 BME social entrepreneurs with a range of experiences from Greater Manchester. Each participant will be interviewed (one-to-one and in focus groups) by the research team to establish their experience of social investment and associated support offers, the barriers they encountered and what may need to change in order for them to realise their objectives.

BME social entrepreneurs can register their interest in being part of the research project by contacting Ali Crush at GMCVO, E: alison.crush@gmcvo.org.uk, T: 0161 277 1022. Deadline 14th September 2018.

This project is supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust’s Connect Fund.