• Crowd of people outside the Commonplace bus

Schooling Social Entrepreneurs

At School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) North West, we know that we can’t fix issues like poverty, climate change and ill-health alone. That’s why we exist. We help people develop the skills, strengths and networks [...]

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Cowherds Vegetarian Beefsteak

Cowherds is a Salford-born social enterprise, started in 2014, whose workforce is made up of local volunteers, apprentices and workers. Workers’ involvement in Cowherds has led to improved self-confidence, self-esteem and general wellbeing. Buying their [...]

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Why investing in social enterprises makes sense

The North West is a hotbed of social enterprise innovation. There are a significant number of social enterprises tackling the big social issues of the day at ground level, complementing the work done in the [...]

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A lean, efficient, effective way of doing business

Emma Smith, ‘old mother social enterprise’ and Grace Dyke, Northern Power Women ‘One to Watch,’ in conversation with Jon Monk from The Business Group about all things Salford; social enterprise; private, public and third sectors. [...]

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What is data for good?

And how can it be used in the public sector? By Vimla Appadoo Hopefully you’ve heard of Tech4Good, and if you’re reading this, chances are you believe in the power of social enterprises. It’s also [...]

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MARC the printers

Surely one of Greater Manchester’s oldest social enterprises, MARC the printers was founded in 1975 and was registered as an Industrial & Provident Society in 1980 - the term social enterprise wasn’t in general usage [...]

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Competing in industry whilst maintaining social value

Start Creative is a social enterprise formed in 2004 as a trading arm of the charity ‘Start Inspiring Minds’. In 2012 it became an independent company limited by guarantee.  Start Creative offers positive commercial experiences [...]