A list of links to partner agencies and other social enterprise support networks on Merseyside and beyond.
SENW acts as the regional social enterprise network for the north west and as an umbrella organisation to represent the interests of sub regional social enterprise networks.
The social enterprise network for the Lancashire region.
The social enterprise network for the Cheshire and Warrington region.
Together Works is the social enterprise network for the Greater Manchester region.
The social enterprise network for the Cumbria region.
Co-operatives North West is the regional network of co-operative enterprise in the North West of England.
The Social Enterprise Coalition is the UK's national body for social enterprise. The Social Enterprise Coalition represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations.
St Helens Chamber offer Social Enterprise Development support for new and existing social enterprises and/or new branches of social enterprises outside the borough planning to start in St Helens.
North West Financial Services offer a comprehensive range of quality financial services tailored specifically towards social enterprises, delivered by a highly experienced and dedicated team of qualified accounting professionals.
How can you measure the social impact of your organisation in quantifiable terms? The Social Audit Network are specialists in Social Accounting and Audit. They are the go-to organisation for social enterprises interested in social impact measurement.
A network of organisations that use social enterprise as a means of helping the homeless or at risk. The Ethical Enterprise and Employment Network is a national organisation that is free to join. If you are involved in a social enterprise that works with the homeless, 3xE can offer you a wide range of free tailored support.
UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs. It does this by providing a complete package of funding and supporting, to help make ideas a reality.
Business advice for new and existing social enterprises including- SFEDI accredited business advice, Ignite programme of intensive support from idea to business start-up including accredited ITEC Business Management training, Personal Development Courses, Peer-to-peer mentoring programme, Fundraising expertise and support and Incubation space in the Investment Centre.
The Confederation of Social Entrepreneurs (CoSE) is an association set up to promote the interests of social businesses and other third-sector organisations across Merseyside. CoSE supports social businesses and celebrates the contribution they make to the economy of the area. CoSE offer a range of services to social enterprises and procurement professionals. Click on the above link to find out more.
The Social Enterprise Mark is designed to clearly identify those businesses which meet the criteria, companies that display the Mark are telling the world, very clearly, that they are trading to benefit people and planet, rather than for the sole objective of profit. Applicants need to show that they spend 50% of their profits on socially beneficial purposes and there needs to be evidence that at least 50% of income is from trading. Further information about the Mark can be found via the link above.
USE Knowsley was established to help the social enterprises in Knowsley grow and develop following research that had been conducted in 2010 which stated in their recommendations that a unit dedicated to social enterprises within the borough was needed to ensure that issues that had been raised could be dealt with.