Social Enterprise eBulletin

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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. Among the articles in thsi edition are :-


Free support for VCSE orgs via ‘Skills for Growth SME Support’ programme

Investment funding available for VCSEs

New pre-employment opportunities listings website for young people

Access to Kickstart scheme for VCSE sector employers

State of Social Enterprise 2021 report – survey now live

Co-operatives UK launch annual co-op economy survey

Consultation report to shape the recommissioning of women services

New briefing: What works in tackling social isolation of older people in Bangladeshi Communities (Ambition for Ageing) 

Vaccination of Frontline VCSE Workforce

Barometer survey: impact of Covid-19 on VCSE organisations

VCSEs: A guide to working with government

Discover social enterprises across GM through the online directory

GMCVO Social Enterprise Support Directory for Greater Manchester

GMCVO’s COVID-19 News, Updates and Resources webpage

Blog: Tips for effective storytelling (School for Social Entrepreneurs)

COVID-19 Resource Hub for Charities & Social Enterprises (Good Finance)

Flourish CIC events coming up
12th February – a wellbeing workshop on self-care for social entrepreneurs
1st March – the Flourish Quiz Night
Then from March 9th to 12th, a series of online lunchtime ‘heated debates’ as part of International Women’s Week 

The Future of Human Experiences and Human-Centred Design (Innovate Manchester & FutureEverything)
Tuesday 23rd February, 9.30-11am

“0 to 1” Programme: What is your purpose? (Manchester Social Entrepreneurs)
 Wednesday 24th February, 6-7.30pm

Wigan Borough Social Enterprise Network (Wigan Borough Community Partnership)
Wednesday 24th February, 11-12.30pm

Early stages business development training for new social enterprises working in mental health
Business planning A-Z (16th Feb & 23rd Feb)
Introduction to measuring social outcomes (2nd March)
How to sell your products or services (9th March) 

Challenge, Change and Coronavirus: Women in business, where are we now? (gunnercooke)
Monday 8th March, 11am Online

Introducing ANTZ Network!
Friday 12th March, 12-1pm

Information webinar: winning government contracts and the new Social Value Model (DCMS)
Wednesday 17th March, 2-4pm

How and why social entrepreneurs should master LinkedIn (School for Social Entrepreneurs)
Wednesday 31st March, 11-12.30pm £25/£35

Enterprise Development Programme for Mental Health focused VCSEs, offering grant and learning support

Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs programme –

Human Lending Library – free business mentoring support for social entrepreneurs (Expert Impact)

Remember to also check out Forever Manchester’s Funding and Support page

Emergency Investment Fund for VCSE organisations affected by Covid-19 – application window extended
closing date for applications is Sunday 16th May 2021.

GMCVO supporting organisations impacted by Covid-19 to access emergency investment

ESF Community Grants relaunched Applications deadline – 8am on Monday 22nd February

Round 2 of GM BAME Community small grants Closing date: Friday 26th February at 4pm

Resonance Community Developers Fund – investment for projects developing community led and owned assets (Resonance & GMCVO)

GMCVO continuing to offer social investment to social enterprises and trading charities

Grants for Good – for small social enterprises (Matthew Good Foundation

Beware of the Bull Funding Bulletin – February 2021

Action Together Funding Bulletin – February 2021

State of Social Enterprise 2021 report – survey now live

Have your say on government ‘Right to Regenerate’ proposals
Consultation closes on 13th March.

ReGenerate survey for social entrepreneurs