Social Enterprise eBulletin


Our latest social enterprise e-bulletin which contains a selection of events, information and opportunities relevant to social enterprises in Greater Manchester.

Among the items in this edition are:-


Emergency Investment Fund for VCSE organisations affected by Covid-19

It’s #BuySocial week! And it’s not too late to get involved…

GMCVO become a member of the Good Employment Charter

GMCVO wants to hear from VCSE sector employers who could offer work placements

UnLtd & Comic Relief partner on £5 million matched fund to support social entrepreneurs into recovery


Report: Saving the High Street: the Community Takeover (Power To Change & LSE)

Report: Pooling Together: How community hubs have responded to the covid-19 emergency (CarnegieUK)

Podcast: Then One Day… We took on the fashion industry! (Power To Change)

Greater Manchester Social Enterprise Network

Get your social enterprise listed on the GMSEN Social Enterprise Directory

Support & Resources

GMCVO Social Enterprise Support Directory for Greater Manchester

GM’s Hidden Talent Youth Panel’s guide to inclusion in virtual meetings

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

GM Chamber of Commerce open access to their GM Business Community network

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)

Black History Month

Talent Coaches’ perspective: how employers can help young people find their feet at work (GMCVO)
Wednesday 21st October Online

Training: Writing Successful Bids (School of Social Entrepreneurs)
Friday 30th October Online

Training: Developing a Fundraising Strategy (School of Social Entrepreneurs)
Tuesday 3rd November Online

Webinar: Recruitment of Older Workers and the Challenge of COVID-19 (Ambition for Ageing)
Wednesday 4th November Online

Introducing ANTZ Network! Online
Friday 6th November Online

Locality unConvention 2020 – registration now open Join us on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 November to get up to date on best practices and new approaches community organisations are taking to survive, adapt and thrive. We can’t wait to see you there!

Webinar: Data for Good: The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector in Britain (Third Sector Research Network)
Wednesday 11th November Online

Webinar: Using a qualitative longitudinal study design in voluntary sector research (Third Sector Research Network)
Friday, 20th November Online

Event: Social Enterprise Futures 2020
Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th November
Online. From £22

Support project connecting BAME Social Entrepreneurs (GMCVO & GM BAME Network)

The Community Business Trade Up Programme (School of Social Entrepreneurs)

Greater Manchester Race Equality Panel – applications close on Sunday

Collaboration Labs: Open Call for industry partners to receive fully funded, tailored research support

Event about data use in VCSE organisations is looking for contributors

Clore Leadership opportunities: Applications for the 2021 Fellowship and next Emerging Leaders and Leadership Pulse Courses are open

Self-employed and SME business mentoring available through Enterprising You programme (Growth Company)

‘Be the Business’ mentoring support programme (Growth Company)

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

New digital skills training programmes open for candidate applications

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

Emergency Investment Fund in response to COVID-19

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

Grants to support mental wellbeing – Stage 3

GM Mental Wellbeing Small & Medium Grants Briefing

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

Explore your funding options with a GM Chamber of Commerce Business Skills Consultant

GMCVO’s dedicated Covid-19 Funding page

10GM Funding Bulletin – October 2020

Beware of the Bull Funding Bulletin – October 2020

Survey: Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan update – Consultation now launched

Survey: Mobilising Volunteers Effectively during the pandemic

Survey: Greater Manchester’s Big Mental Wellbeing Conversation

Survey: How do you use your parks?

Survey: Greater Manchester Business Monitor : COVID-19 Impacts (GM Chamber of Commerce)

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