GMCVO Social Enterprise eBulletin, September 2020

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Welcome to our latest social enterprise e-bulletin which contains a selection of events, information and opportunities relevant to social enterprises in Greater Manchester.
Please feel free to forward this bulletin onto your colleagues, contacts and networks who can subscribe to receive their own copy by clicking here
And don’t forget, we are now running two social investment funds for social enterprises and charities and a fund to support community-led and owned assets.
Find out more here.

Note that GMCVO staff are currently working from home. We are endeavouring to continue to deliver our work and projects and all our staff will respond to emails and phone calls.
The office phones will not be staffed, but voicemail messages can be left and staff will respond. St Thomas Centre is closed until further notice.

Our thoughts are with everyone experiencing difficulties at this time. Please stay well.
GMCVO launch new Emergency Investment Fund in response to COVID-19 
We have launched a funding programme aimed at Social Enterprises, Charities and Community Businesses who are in desperate need of urgent capital caused by COVID-19. This Emergency Investment Fund will help fund organisations by providing loans ranging from £50,000 to £250,000.
There is a repayment and interest free period of up to 2 years at the start of the investment and then a 3 year repayment period. 
Help us showcase the work of GM’s VCSE sector 
If you have not yet completed the State of the Sector Survey 2020 for your organisation, please take time to do so before the closing date on 25th September.
It is vitally important that we are able to report the valuable contribution the VCSE sector makes to GM.
Deadline: 25th September
Take part in the Social Enterprise UK-led Choosing Communities #BuySocial online campaign! 
This year, SEUK are running the #BuySocial campaign slightly differently, in light of the huge impacts of Covid-19 and the incredible efforts of social enterprises to support their communities through the crisis.
The campaign is a chance to shine a spotlight on the amazing work you are doing in supporting communities across Greater Manchester.
Many social enterprises have responded to the crisis by adapting to the new needs of their communities, by providing food, care, advice and support, or by pivoting their business entirely whilst still continuing to support the people they were set up to help. The point of the #BuySocial campaign is to raise awareness of this and encourage more people to buy from social enterprises.
SEUK have created tailored campaign packs for social enterprises which are consumer-facing, who trade primarily with other businesses and for those working in the public sector. The templates prepared make it easy to take part and shine a spotlight on the community impacts of your social enterprise.
The campaign takes place from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th October 2020. Follow the link to access all the promotional materials to take part.
“Invest in a crucial sector or risk losing it”, say Manchester’s voluntary sector leaders

Leaders of Manchester-based charities have shared their experiences of the Covid-19 crisis and their thoughts for the future in a new report produced by Macc, Manchester’s local voluntary and community sector support organisation.

Titled c, the report brings together the experiences of 22 local voluntary sector leaders who shine a light on the critical role that the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector has played during the response to the Covid-19 crisis.
As well as reflecting on the lessons learned during the crisis, the leaders make the case for change going forward and highlight the unique opportunity society has to make things better in the future.
VCSE Leadership Group publish ‘Building Back Better’ report 
The VCSE Leadership Group has published a discussion paper on ‘Building Back Better’ in Greater Manchester to create a more inclusive economy, together with the VCSE sector and the wider social economy.
The report provides a range of successful, practical ideas and live examples which are likely to produce a more inclusive, green and localised economy.
We are challenging Greater Manchester use these to put much greater emphasis on the social economy within its economic strategy. 
GM VCSE Collaborative launched We are pleased to announce the launch of a new GM VCSE ‘Collaborative’ following an overwhelming response to our call for members from the sector. The new group, which brings together existing and emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds, will work together to influence policy at a GM level.

It has been inspirational and heartening to learn more about what the GM VCSE sector are doing to support communities in these difficult times. We would once again like to extend our thanks to everyone who expressed an interest in joining this group.

There will still be plenty of opportunities to get involved with the future work of the Collaborative. If you would like to be involved, or would just like to be kept up to date, please sign up to become a member of the GM Collaborative Network here.
Now available to watch: BAME Ageing in the Community Conference 
This Ambition for Ageing event featured speakers from across the Ageing Better partnerships on topics ranging from setting up BAME Networks to funding culturally-specific financial inclusion projects. They also shared findings of their new report and heard from keynote speaker, Patrick Vernon OBE.

The recording of the event, including the workshops, is now available online in a handy YouTube playlist so you can watch back some or all of the event. 
Social Enterprise Stories (Social Enterprise UK) 
Every month Social Enterprise UK will be sharing inspiring stories from the front line, focusing on both the human stories behind social enterprises and on just how social enterprises are making the world a better place.

This month they’re looking at access to healthcare for people experiencing homelessness, the barriers they face and how one social enterprise is re-defining primary care to ensure everyone gets the care they need.

They also take a look at how one social enterprise is working to shift the narrative around refugees, to challenge the current climate where we are seeing increasingly militarised language being used to describe people fleeing war and persecution.
Power To Change research report on the impact of Covid-19 on community businesses 
This short report describes how the majority of community businesses across England have worked hard to adapt services, innovate and continue to support their local communities in a time of need.
Their resilience and agility have paid dividends; only 1% have shut their doors for good. Community Business Market Survey 2020: Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic shows how businesses have been able to sustain operations over this difficult period, what support they have received and from where, and the impact Covid-19 has had on their confidence for the year ahead. 
Blog on wealth building for our local economic recovery (CLES) 
Economic recovery from Covid-19 looks set to be a long and painful process. Beset by business failure, huge levels of unemployment and social hardship, it will take government action on a scale unprecedented in modern times to safeguard the wellbeing of millions and drive the transformation required to build back better. 
Blog: 3 social entrepreneurs who have adapted to the crisis (Good Finance) 
The UK’s 100,000 social enterprises work close to their communities and employ two million people, often supporting minoritised and marginalised groups.
But the COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on them. At the School for Social Entrepreneurs, we ran a survey with our programme participants to better understand the impact of pandemic. Almost two-thirds (63%) said their trading impact was wholly negatively affected.Discover how three social entrepreneurs are coping with the pandemic and COVID-proofing their businesses through social investment. 
Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network
Below are updates from the Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network (GMSEN).
Check out the website for further support, finance & funding, and to register on the social enterprise directory for Greater Manchester.
Get your social enterprise listed on the GMSEN Social Enterprise Directory 
If you’re not on there already, get your Greater Manchester social enterprise listed on the GMSEN directory.
GMSEN receive enquiries through the website from potential buyers and collaborators looking to explore what social enterprises are out there.
Make sure you’re included by registering today. It’s also a good chance to see what other SEs are out there that might be working in a similar area that you don’t yet know about. FIND OUT MORE
Support & Resources
GMCVO Social Enterprise Support Directory for Greater Manchester 
We have published a new online resource, bringing together a growing range of social enterprise support together in one easy-to-use directory:
– filter by the type of support required
– digestible summary of each support provider’s offer
– up to date contact details
‘Flourishing beyond Covid’ support toolkit (Flourish CIC & Manchester City Council) 
A comprehensive guide of funding, support and opportunities available for those seeking to build a strong and diverse social economy for the future. This resource is aimed at supporting people starting, sustaining and surviving in a new operating environment where covid-19 has impacted on the way we run our organisations. FIND OUT MORE
GMCVO’s COVID-19 News and Updates webpage In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have put together a dedicated web page which lists sources of advice and information useful to VCSE organisations on Greater Manchester. There is an overwhelming amount of information being circulated, and we hope our web page makes it more navigable. FIND OUT MORE
Clinks launch new ‘Partnership Funder’ directory for voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system Search by service provided, geographical area or track record to find your ideal partners to build your supply chain quickly and easily. If you are a Greater Manchester social enterprise working in the criminal justice system, make sure to register.
COVID-19 Support and Resources for Social Enterprises (GMCVO) 
A handy list of some of the key sources of info, support and resources specifically relevant to social enterprises during the Coronavirus pandemic from Social Enterprise UK, the School of Social Entrepreneurs, GM Chamber of Commerce, Social Investment Business, Good Finance UK, Co-operatives UK, government advice, GMCA and Power to Change FIND OUT MORE
Recover & Rebuild Webinar Series (School for Social Entrepreneurs) 
A series of free webinars sharing expert knowledge and insight from across our network to help you to recover, build back and grow. FIND OUT MORE
GM Chamber of Commerce open access to their GM Business Community network Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is offering all businesses who aren’t currently members free access to the GM Business Community to give them access to our network and support from the largest Chamber in the UK. FIND OUT MORE
Support and guidance for co-ops through COVID-19 (Co-operatives UK) 
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. FIND OUT MORE
Supporting Women in Social Enterprise Podcast series (Flourish CIC) 
A monthly podcast with tips, hints, insights and interviews to help change makers and those in Social Enterprise create the change they see needed in communities and society at large. FIND OUT MORE
Events & Training
Have you now moved your events online in response to COVID-19 restrictions?
If these events would be relevant to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Greater Manchester and are either free or charge a nominal fee, we would be happy to list them on the events page of our GMCVO website.

To list your virtual event on the GMCVO website, click here.
Remember to also check out:
Business Growth Hub’s training events calendar
GM Chamber of Commerce’s events calendar (many events still taking place online)

Event: Greater Manchester Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Social Enterprise Network Meeting Tuesday 22nd September
An opportunity for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) social entrepreneurs to share and learn from as well as network with each other.

Whether you are a BAME individual who is new to social enterprise, a budding BAME social entrepreneur, or a seasoned social entrepreneur, this space is for you. The meeting this month is centred around an open forum for discussion with other social entrepreneurs.
Event: Social Enterprise World Forum Digital 
Monday 21st September – Friday 25th September 2020
From £29
This year, Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C. (SEWF) is going virtual to hold our biggest event to date. SEWF Digital will champion the potential of social enterprises – small and large, rural and urban – to bring about inclusive and sustainable economic development. The week-long programme will feature keynotes and plenaries from three different world zones with live Q&A, online networking, and partner-organised sessions. Participants will also be able to self-organise content during the opening two days. Speakers will include leading social entrepreneurs and changemakers from across the world with over 3,000 participants from over 50 countries.
Training: Kick-start Your Business/Charity (Antz Junction & Direct-Path Consulting) 
Tuesday 22nd September
This session is aimed at those with an idea for starting an organisation, as well as those who want to refresh an existing organisation.
The session will be delivered in partnership with Direct Path Consulting Ltd.Antz Junction will provide a simple guide as to what you need to consider and what actions you will need to take in the first 30 days. FIND OUT MORE
Training: How and Why Social Entrepreneurs should master LinkedIn (School for Social Entrepreneurs) 
Wednesday 23rd September
Amongst Social Entrepreneurs, LinkedIn can often be overlooked and under-utilised and yet it is the most trusted social media platform, contains a huge amount of free-to-access data about potential funders, collaborators and industry leaders, and can provide an almighty boost to the performance of your website. FIND OUT MORE
Event: Social Business Financial Planning – Lunch & Learn with Gurj Kang (Flourish CIC) 
Wednesday 23rd September
This ‘Lunch and Learn’ with experienced Finance Manager Gurj Kang whose career spans across the public, private and charity sectors will be an opportunity to review and improve budget building practices, improve your internal financial management processes to better engage with your board, funders and the wider world – plus help you and your team sleep at night! 
Training: Crowdfunding for Charities and Social Enterprises (School for Social Entrepreneurs) 
Wednesday 30th September
rom £79
We’ve all read about successful crowdfunding campaigns which have captured public imagination and raised an incredible amount of money in a short space of time. Crowdfunding is a great way to raise vital funds, engage your existing supporter base and attract new donors.This course will walk you through all the key stages of a successful crowdfunding campaign, including picking your project and platform, and designing your campaign. 
Training: Telling stories and making arguments – working with qualitative data (Third Sector Research Network) 
Wednesday 4th November
Led by Dr Katherine Davies and Dr Adam Carter from Sheffield Hallam University
University in conjunction with GMCVO. this event will help participants to make the most of their qualitative data, introducing strategies for analysing and making arguments with different types of qualitative data including interviews, visual data, mobile methods, observations and diaries 
Event: Using a qualitative longitudinal study design in voluntary sector research (Third Sector Research Network) 
Friday, 20th November
Rob Macmillan, Sheffield Hallam University will discuss the Change in the Making study, which followed a small group of voluntary organisations over ten years.
Support project connecting BAME Social Entrepreneurs (GMCVO & GM BAME Network) 
A partnership project between GMCVO and the Greater Manchester BAME Network is underway to build a Greater Manchester BAME Social Enterprise Network and help deliver business support to BAME social entrepreneurs.
Specifically for BAME social entrepreneurs, we strongly encourage you check out the new project webpage. It’s full of helpful resources, information, links and the chance to register to join the network, become a mentor or request business support to help you grow your social enterprise. FIND OUT MORE
Self-employed and SME business mentoring available through Enterprising You programme (Growth Company) 
Are you self-employed or running your own business and keen to grow?
Not sure how to improve client retention? Know the basics but want to take your venture to the next level? Whatever you’re facing, whether financial issues, instability with work, health barriers or not knowing what step to take next; there is support available through the Enterprising You mentoring programme.
Enterprising You is a government-funded programme specially designed to support self-employed individuals, including those who work in the gig economy and small business owners in Greater Manchester. Social entrepreneurs can also access this support. 
The Enterprising You programme are also seeking social enterprise mentors to join their team.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact [email protected]
‘Be the Business’ mentoring support programme (Growth Company) 

To help businesses navigate a way through this challenging year, ‘Be the Business’ are providing fully-funded mentoring from successful business leaders to SME decision-makers, including social enterprises.
The programme is free to access.Mentoring will focus on each individual and their business needs and can cover a range of issues including; scenario planning, finance, HR and staffing, business development, supply chain and change / transformation management.
Be The Business are also on the lookout for more social enterprise mentors.
If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, contact [email protected]

Human Lending Library – free business mentoring support for social entrepreneurs (Expert Impact) 
Expert Impact are continuing to run their Human Lending Library online.
Follow the link below to find out how it works and apply for a free hour of one-to-one business mentoring to meet your current needs as a social entrepreneur. 
New digital skills training programmes open for candidate applications 

Residents from across Greater Manchester are invited to apply for fully funded training programmes designed to help individuals gain digital employment with companies in the city-region.
The free training programmes, which have been funded as part of the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund to create inclusive opportunities into digital employment, are now open for candidate applications.
Finance and Funding
Remember to also check out Forever Manchester’s Funding and Support page
GMCVO launch new Emergency Investment Fund in response to COVID-19 
GMCVO have launched a funding programme aimed at Social Enterprises, Charities and Community Businesses who are in desperate need of urgent capital caused by COVID-19.

This Emergency Investment Fund will help fund organisations by providing loans ranging from £50,000 to £250,000. There is a repayment and interest free period of up to 2 years at the start of the investment and then a 3 year repayment period. 
GMCVO continuing to offer social investment to social enterprises and trading charities ‘Blended finance’ (mix of grant and loan) aimed at small and very small social enterprises and charities that trade, including new organisations.
Whether you address social needs, strengthen communities, improve people’s life chances, enhance culture or protect the environment – if the business trades for the common good, this opportunity is for you.
Deadline: Ongoing
Grants to support BAME-led organisations affected by Covid-19 
GM BAME Network, supported by GMCVO, have launched stage two of their emergency grants programme. Small grants of £1000-£3000 are available to small GM BAME led VCSE organisations and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to help them respond to the needs of their communities. FIND OUT MORE
Grants to support mental wellbeing – Stage 3 GMCVO, working in partnership with 10GM, have launched the third stage of a grants programme to support mental wellbeing in communities of identity or experience. Micro grants of £100-£500 are available to small, grass roots voluntary and community groups
Deadline: 11th December 2020
Resonance Community Developers Fund – investment for projects developing community led and owned assets (Resonance & GMCVO) 
This fund invests in projects looking to develop community led and owned assets for both affordable/social housing and/or sports facilities in Greater Manchester.

The fund aims to invest in substantial projects, normally in excess of £1 million across Greater Manchester. As the local delivery partner, GMCVO will provide support and connect community groups with local partners to help deliver the projects.
Deadline: Ongoing
Grants and learning support for charities and social enterprises looking to become more enterprising (Enterprise Development Programme) 

Along with social enterprises and charities working in homelessness and south sector, mental health VCSEs can now apply to the Enterprise Development Programme, which offers grant and learning support for charities and social enterprises looking to increase their sustainability by developing or growing their enterprise.
It is open to a spectrum of organisations, from those in a testing phase to those at a stage of scale.
Deadline for Expression of Interest: 25th September
Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response 

A £5m fund has been launched to support organisations to develop their digital, data and design capabilities that allow them to address urgent issues and serve the most vulnerable. Emergency funding of up to £60k is available to nonprofits in England that are committed to proactively sharing learnings with other organisations in their networks. 
Explore your funding options with a GM Chamber of Commerce Business Skills Consultant 
Register for a free Workforce Development Plan today, a free service currently offered by the GM Chamber of Commerce.
In their own words:“There is lots of support out there and it can be unclear, and time-consuming, to work out what you are eligible for.
Let the Chamber do the research for you. All you need to do is spend an hour of your time with our Business Skills Consultant, tell us your concerns and we’ll help you to find a solution.”
GMCVO’s dedicated Covid-19 Funding page Find out about funding available for people and organisations affected by the pandemic on our dedicated page COVID-19 FUNDING PAGE
10GM Funding Bulletin – September 2020 The latest Funding Bulletin produced by 10GM, a partnership of local support and development agencies in Greater Manchester has been published. FIND OUT MORE
Beware of the Bull Funding Bulletin – September 2020 A bumper issue this month, packed with funding opportunities for you to get your teeth into. FIND OUT MORE
Have your Say
Survey: Greater Manchester’s Big Mental Wellbeing Conversation 
Everyone in the city-region is being asked to take part in a survey about their mental wellbeing. Responses to the survey will help shape future initiatives to improve mental wellbeing in Greater Manchester, making sure they reflect the needs of local people 
Survey: How do you use your parks? 
The IGNITION project are researching innovative ideas about how public parks and greenspaces can be uplifted across Greater Manchester.
If you live in Greater Manchester please share your thoughts with them by filling in this short survey to enable them to understand how you use your public parks and greenspaces and why they are important to you. TAKE PART
Survey: Greater Manchester Business Monitor : COVID-19 Impacts (GM Chamber of Commerce) 
At Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, they understand that the ongoing and possible future impacts of Covid-19 are a serious concern for everyone. Now, more than ever, they need regular information and feedback on what you are experiencing so that they can give accurate, up to date information straight back to government to make sure that the action and decisions they take are right and effective.
It would help greatly if you could answer a few simple questions. TAKE PART
Report a VCSE organisation at risk of closing or closed 
As part of GMCVO’s response to Covid-19, we want to mitigate the very real risk of losing VCSE organisations just when we need them the most. If we have any warning that any organisation is at high risk of closing, we can try to help. If it is too late, we still want to know – it might help us to save others.

Please let us know if your organisation, or any organisation you are aware of is either at risk of closing, or has already closed, It only takes a minute.
If you would like to submit any related news stories or events, please email details to [email protected]

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