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Blog Created: February 9, 2023

Driven Days Out…

Check out Driven’s upcoming events that your community might want to get involved in! 

Driven Days Out

Take part in vital research on the Social Enterprise Movement in GM…

Are you a Greater Manchester Social Enterprise?

Social Enterprise UK and the social enterprise sector in Greater Manchester need your help to understand the key trends and issues affecting social enterprises in 2023.

Run every two years, the State of Social Enterprise survey is the most comprehensive and respected survey of UK social enterprises. This vital evidence will help shape funding and finance, support initiatives and policy to grow the social enterprise movement. Previous survey findings have been instrumental in developing major legislation including the passing of the Social Value Act, the creation of Big Society Capital and Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. It also informs national and local policy and support.

Taking part in this year’s survey is particularly important as responses from Greater Manchester social enterprises will feed into a local report – providing a valuable snapshot of the State of Social Enterprise across Greater Manchester in 2023.

“I would urge all social enterprises across Greater Manchester to participate in this vital research for our sector. This is a chance to shout about everything we are doing in the city-region and by taking part, you are helping to paint the true picture of social enterprise in 2023. The findings will be used by funders, advocates, and policy makers to further enable our social enterprises to thrive across Greater Manchester.”

– Rose Marley, Chair of the Social Enterprise Action Group for Greater Manchester & CEO at Co-operatives UK

To take part in the survey, please email to register your interest.

You will be contacted from late January by BMG Research to take the survey at a convenient time.

Kind regards,


A ‘Proper Good’ Business Festival…

Social enterprises were represented in a ‘Proper Good’ way at Wigan borough’s first ever Believe in Business Festival on Wednesday 8th of Feb at The Edge!

Joined by the likes of special guest speakers Andy Burnham and Shaun Wane our panel included…

David Baxter (Wigan & Leigh Community Charity/Proper Good)
Miki Shika (Ekhaya Empowerment CIC)
Alison Jolley (Wigan Workshops CIC/Meyrick St Community Hub)
Alex Winstanley (Happy Smiles Training CIC/Proper Good)

All spoke about how social enterprises are positively impacting our borough and how businesses can work with Social Enterprises to increase that impact.

Launch of Wigan, Leigh & Makerfield Womens Network…

Date: Saturday 4th March
Time: 11am – 3pm
Address: Fur Clemt, Montrose Ave, Wigan

Let’s Celebrate the launch and  International Womens Day 2023 together.  This could be the start of something special in the borough.

There’ll be a range of things to try:

  • Sound Bath / Mediation from Peace Lily Holistics
  • Breadmaking with Shirley
  • Mug Making with Alice
  • Mini massages including head, feet and hands with Wigan Wellness Hub
  • Dance and movement
  • Poetry, planting and writing
  • True Levellers Samba band
  • Short talks and conversations about and with interesting women

Limited FREE transport available from Wigan Town Centre and return; many of the activities are family friendly; some support available for childcare if required.

See the link below for more information…

Online workshops for organisations in Greater Manchester trading for a social purpose…

GMCVO’s Social Enterprise support team are delivering a series of online sessions every Wednesday, 10am-11am, on a range of topics designed to provide information and support to organisations trading for a social purpose, including Social Enterprises, Community Business and Trading Charities.

The first sessions are:

15th February
Introduction to Marketing for Social Enterprises

The session will give you some starting points to writing a strategic marketing plan to support your trading activities and tips for digital marketing.

22nd February
Social Investment information session, featuring  Charity Bank

Do you find the social investment sector confusing and you are not sure which funds are right for you? Denise Hignett, Regional Manager with Charity Bank for the North West will be joining us to talk about how social investment might fit as part of your funding mix for projects.

1st March
Support for BAME Social Enterprises: BASE Network

A chance to hear more about BASE; a partnership of Greater Manchester-based Social Enterprise networks and infrastructure organisations, led by people of colour.

8th March
Business planning for raising social investment

This session will walk you through the main elements of a business plan, and give you’re an insight of what social investors and funders look for. We will also share some useful tips for developing a realistic, useful, no-nonsense business plan that works for you and your social business.

Find out more and book your place on all sessions…

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    There are various ways that you can get in touch to take things forward.

    It may be that you want to make contact to first find out if there really is a ‘fit’.

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