Social Enterprise Network Bulletin 30/3/2022

Welcome to your fortnightly bulletin update for all Social Enterprise Network Members.
This email aims to keep you up to date on events, news, objectives and aims.


Wigan Borough Social Enterprise Network

Thanks to everyone who presented and attended last weeks event, held at Leigh Spinners Mill. Thanks to Farai from Everything Human Rights for Chairing, and to Alice Coren who was our SE in the Spotlight for her amazing organization ReMade Wigan CIC.

Also in attendance was Sarah Spanton from Waymarking who presented on a programme being undertaken by Wigan and Leigh Community Charity and Shared Assets, on Exploring Open Space Ventures. There are 3 Study Visits lined up that include Woodland Spaces and Food Growing, due to be held in May 2022.

The first visit is planned for the 14th April to FC United of Manchester. 

To enquire further, please contact David Baxter on

Venue required. CAN YOU HELP?

The next Social Enterprise network will take place towards the end of April (date – TBC). 

We are looking for a venue to host. If you are interesting in hosting, please message David

If you are interested in hosting a future Network event, please let us know. 

MEET THE BUYERS…Are you a local business looking for future opportunities? 

The Wigan Council Business Engagement Team invite you to ‘Meet the Buyers’.  This is a fantastic opportunity to have a chat with commissioners from Wigan Council, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan and Leigh College and other framework suppliers, including: YPO, Crown Commercial Service, NHS SBS and find out more about getting involved.

Get the help and support you need to succeed as the Business Engagement Team will be on hand to share their expertise and chat through any questions you may have about Wigan Council’s current commissioning intentions.

These informal drop in sessions are a great way to network and create new contacts, as well as having any questions you may have answered by industry experts.

The event is open to all business and is free to attend.

Booking is essential via the button below.

Tea and coffee provided.

Thursday 12th May 2022.

Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY.

Session 1 – 9:30am – 12:00pm.

Session 2 – 1pm – 3:30pm.

Book now via Eventbrite


The Local Access Fund (Proper Good programme) is due to launch on the 16th May 2022, as we start work on an exciting phase in the growth of Social Enterprises in Wigan Borough and GM.  More information will be shared throughout April as plans for Events and Training develop, but in the meantime the first phase of the programme will include:Local Wigan Borough Launch – roadshow events during May and June. 

Coordinator role is being finalised – face for the sector and also one stop shop but providing that ongoing support to follow up on progress. Social Investment packages launch 1st April – local workshops to support.Priority – health checks for Social Enterprises.


On the 16th March, Cllr Elise Wilson and Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham officially launched the co-design process for the GM Community Wealth Hub, which aims to make Greater Manchester the best place in the country to set up and grow co-ops, social enterprises, and employee-owned businesses. It was inspiring to see such a large and diverse group of stakeholders in attendance, and to have such knowledgeable voices from the sector share their ideas and experiences. 

A big thanks to David Baxter, Anwar Ali and Scott Darrugh for their presentations.

There was a wealth of input from attendees on areas of opportunity and potential improvement, ranging from making clear the Hub’s scope to the need to ensure the co-design process is as inclusive and accessible as possible – these ideas will help shape the next steps in the process.

The co-design process will run from May to August. GMCA want the people who would use and support the Hub, the people with real experience of the challenges and opportunities the sector faces, to drive the creation of a new impactful resource. For this reason, it will be down to stakeholders from the sector to shape what the Hub does and how it does it through a co-design process.

It is only with this approach that the Hub can be a success – this is a great time to get involved, whether by participating in a series of co-design workshops, letting GMCA now what you think via message, or receiving email updates on the process, click the button below…

Have your say…

A thriving sector of social enterprises, co-operatives and employee-owned businesses is central to our vision for a Greener, Fairer and more Prosperous Greater Manchester; and we believe that this Hub can play a key role in delivering this.

eBay in partnership with Social Enterprise UK and The World Fair Trade Organization are leading a new programme designed to accelerate the growth of the social enterprise sector in the UK, which is an incredibly exciting opportunity for social enterprises looking to grow their business online and their social impact.

The 12 month programme launched in May 2021 and we now have almost 100 social enterprises selling on

We’ve already had great feedback from our customers, the media as well as the social enterprises on the programme.

We’re now looking to invite a further 200 to join in the next couple of months to go live on from May with a second group of 200 due to come onboard in September. Could this be you?

We have used our small business expertise to design a programme to enable social enterprises to grow their business on through the eBay for Change hub, you can see this here.Ebay for Change Hub

We are planning to scale the programme over the next 3 years with the ultimate ambition of becoming the go to destination for social enterprise and Fair Trade ecommerce.

The programme offers free fees for the first year along with an in-depth package of support that will help you every step of the way, from learning the basics through to scaling your business combined with access to the estimated 26 million eBay UK customers.

What next?

If you’re interested in finding out more about the programme or want to find out how to apply, email Joanna Pollard, the Partnership Project Lead…

Shaping the Future of Social Value

Social Enterprise UK was instrumental in helping pass the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 which places an obligation on public bodies to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area they operate in.

2022 marks ten years since the passage of the Social Value Act. In that time it has helped to transform the debate around the role of procurement and what can be achieved through public spending.

Social Value 2032: Shaping the Future of Social Value has been launched to commemorate this anniversary and further expand the impact and influence of the Act. The programme is being led by Professor Chris White, former Member of Parliament and author of the Social Value Act with Social Enterprise UK overseeing the delivery of the programme in support with a coalition of companies at the forefront of the social value agenda including PwC, Siemens, SUEZ recycling and recovery UK and Shaw Trust.

The programme considers how social value can be expanded to cover all public sector procurement and go beyond this, influencing the spending of the UK’s largest companies. It consists of the creation of the Social Value Task Force, roundtable discussions, research and new publications as well as working with key decision makers to push the importance of social value to both the levelling up agenda and the meeting of net-zero targets. If this is achieved, it will unlock billions of investment in new low carbon products; creating thousands of employment and training opportunities and see millions of pounds reinvested back into providing social, environmental and cultural infrastructure for communities.

Social Value 2032 will announce its new vision for social value at the Social Value Leaders Summit in May 2022, taking place in Birmingham. Later in the year, the programme will unveil a “Social Value Roadmap” on the changes needed to enable the 100% target to be hit in the public sector and largest private sector companies by 2032 in time for the Act’s 20th anniversary.For more information about the programme contact…

Andrew O’Brien, Director of External Affairs at Social Enterprise UK


Please find below some information about three Social Audit Network (SAN) events this spring and summer, which may be of interest to you. these are led by our colleague Karen Smith, from Turn Up The Value, based in Bolton.

Karen is part of the Bolton Local Access Fund partnership, alongside Wigan, Stockport and Oldham.Event 1…

SAN Virtual Roadshow – An introduction to social accounting and audit.

Join us for this FREE introduction to social accounting and audit and case studies from organisations using the SAN process.

Wednesday 27th April 2022 11am UK time

Social Accounting and Audit lets you

Prove – the value and impact of the work that you do; 
Improve performance;
and be Accountable to your stakeholders – staff, service users, clients and beneficiaries, (and also your funders, investors and wider community).

Are you looking for a way to report your social impact?
Or build an understanding of the impact of what you do into your business planning?
Or just want your organisation to be more focused on values?

Join SAN directors for a journey through the process of social accounting and audit, and hear from people in organisations just like yours who use social accounting to capture their impact.By the end of this session, we hope that you are better informed, have a basic understanding of the SAN social accounting process, and (hopefully) want to hear more.

For further information and to book your ticket…

Book now via Eventbrite

Event 2…

SAN Virtual Roadshow – An introduction to social accounting and audit.

Our in-person Gathering will focus on supporting, measuring, describing and reporting well-being.

Friday 20th May 2022 at 54 St James Street, Liverpool

SAN welcomes its members, partner organisations and those interested in sharing learning and good practice around measuring the impact of wellbeing.

There will be a relaxed and informal atmosphere giving participants the opportunity to focus on their own self care, as well as considering the importance of wellbeing in the running of healthy and successful social organisations.

Our Gathering will have something for everyone, including:
Headline speakers
Opportunities for networking and sharing good practice
Practical workshops
Panel discussion

For further information and to book your ticket…

Book now via Eventbrite

Event 3…

Our first ‘in person’ Prove, Improve, Account workshop for 2 years…

Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July 2022 in Manchester

Prove, Improve and Account Workshops are aimed at people who wish to understand the Four Step social accounting process either in order to facilitate the process with social economy organisations or to use it within their own organisation. The Workshop will go through the Four Step process in detail from the perspective of a practitioner or a facilitator/trainer and will give you all that you need to be a social accountant.

Delivered in a relaxed and supportive style, the workshop will use interactive exercises, group work and hear from case studies of organisations using social accounting.

The Social Audit Network will provide certification for all those completing the workshop.For further information and to book your ticket…

Book now via Eventbrite

We enable, empower & enact change…

The Wigan and Leigh Community Charity (WLCC) exists to build on the expertise developed in the Abram Ward Community Charity in order to maximize local resources and instigate, nurture and develop community business and social enterprise across the whole borough of Wigan, providing the knowledge, skills, networks and platforms, to enable social enterprise in all its different forms to thrive, thus contributing at a significant level to the education, employment and enterprise in Wigan and its neighbouring boroughs.

Our values include:
• A commitment to protect the environment to achieve net-zero buildings by 2030
• An unswerving commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels of our organisation

Wigan & Leigh Community Charity