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Start Smart: Starting a Social Enterprise Day 3

Date: 27th February - 27th March 2023
Location: Zoom
Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm
Theme: Start a business, Business Strategy, Operational efficiency

Sorry this event has already taken place - please see our forthcoming events list

If you are thinking about starting a social enterprise, it can be exciting and daunting at the same time. If you would like to learn more about what is involved, then this course is for you.

The most common form of social enterprise is a Community Interest Company (CIC). There are other structures too which we will cover on the session. Starting a CIC does allow you to provide services that have positive social outcomes, but it is essential there is an income stream to make it sustainable. Because of this it must be run as a business. This course will give you an overview of what you need to know to set up and start a social business.


This is a 12-hour course delivered online, one morning per week over 4 weeks. It is fully funded (no cost to you).


To be offered a place on this programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be willing to attend all 4 sessions
  • Be a resident of Greater Manchester
  • Be about to start a social enterprise or be in the first 3 years of trading


Course Outline

Mon 13th February
Getting to know your social enterprise

  • You & your business
  • What is a social enterprise and how do they work
  • Regulations & legal structures
  • Business planning

Mon 20th February
The things that really affect your business

  • Finance
  • Cashflow
  • Tax matters

Mon 27th February
Marketing a social enterprise

  • Knowing your market
  • Purpose & mission
  • Knowing your why
  • Building sustainability

Mon 6th March
A closer look at some key elements

  • Using the business model canvas
  • Funding — where to start
  • Governing your enterprise


This workshop will be led by Julian Guest. An initiative-taking business advisor, coach, and mentor, Julian is experienced in the full lifecycle of self-employment and business support. With a strong background through 25+ years personal experience of start-up and growth of social enterprises and commercial businesses including periods of rapid growth and change. Julian is currently working alongside community groups & socially driven businesses with a passion to inspire pre-start and early-stage social enterprises.

Our Workshops are part-funded by European Regional Development Fund. They are delivered free of charge to participants; however, as they are fully-funded, they are classed as state aid to participating businesses and are subject to state aid rules and the associated eligibility criteria:
Greater Manchester Clients Only
SME: Small or medium enterprise i.e. less than 250 (Full Time Equivalent) employees
Annual Turnover less than 50 Million Euro OR Balance Sheet less than 43 million Euro

Where is it?

This event will take place on Zoom.

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