Social enterprises are quietly revolutionising our economy and offering a new way to do business by being true to their values, innovating and producing a diverse range of business leaders helping to create an economy that allows future generations to realise their full potential.

We are attempting to identify all incorporated social enterprises within the Greater Manchester region, with a focus on four areas of GM for more detailed information –Manchester, Salford, Stockport and Wigan.

We believe that these areas will provide the best ‘snapshot’ of social enterprise across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. We will gather more detailed information from 10% of social enterprises in these localities and an estimate of the number of unincorporated social enterprises.”

Social Enterprise UK estimate that there are now over 2,400 social enterprises in Greater Manchester investing between £45-90m back into the region every year. There is a widespread view that the social enterprise sector is developing faster in the Greater Manchester region than the rest of the country and as GM’s Local Industrial Strategy states that Greater Manchester (GM) will also create the optimum conditions for social enterprises and cooperatives to thrive there is a real opportunity to better understand the sector, to strengthen local networks and to support policy development.”

Initial desk research shows that Stockport is home to 274 social enterprises. We are really proud of this. 

Please will you take time to complete the survey so we can start to tell the 'Stockport Social Enterprise Story' (it won't take much more than 8 minutes to complete). 

This research is funded by Power to Change, Social Enterprise UK and The Business Group and is supported by Abram Ward Cooperative, Flourish CIC, Sector3, Manchester Social Entrepreneurs and Salford Social Enterprise City.

 

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* 1. What is the name of your organisation? *

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* 2. Is your organisation a social enterprise? (Social enterprises are defined as “businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners”) *

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* 3. Where is your organisation based?

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* 4. Does your organisation operate across: (please tick all that apply) *

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* 5. How long has your organisation been trading?

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* 6. In the last financial year what was your organisation's annual turnover, or total income from all sources? *

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* 7. Approximately what proportion of your organisation's total income is generated from trading activities? *

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* 8. What is the main way you generate your income? *

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* 9. In the last financial year did your organisation:

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* 10. What is the principal trading activity of your organisation? *

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* 11. What is the primary social mission of your organisation? *

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* 12. How many part time paid employees does your organisation have? *

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* 13. How many full time paid employees does your organisation have? *

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* 14. How many volunteers does your organisation have? *

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* 15. How many board members does your organisation have? *

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* 16. How many of these board members are women? *

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* 17. How many of your board members identify as BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic)? *

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* 18. How many of your board members identify as disabled? *

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* 19. How many of your board members fall into the following age bands?: *

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* 20. Which of the following are on the board of your business? (please tick all that apply) *

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* 21. What is your organisation’s legal status? *

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* 22. Stockport's Sector3 is an emerging network of likeminded organisations who are working together to make the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Sector stronger and more resilient across Stockport. Sector3 aims to bring peers together to collaborate, support one another, to share resources, expertise and voice, and to further develop opportunities that will help them become sustainable and deliver more social impact. 

What support for social enterprises would you like to see delivered in Stockport that would help your organisation to flourish?

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