In Business for Good

Social Enterprise North West has been established as a regional network and its directors include nominated representatives of sub-regional social enterprise networks, the DTA and Cooperatives North West. It also includes representation from social enterprises operating across more than one sub-region including the Big Life Company and The Social Enterprise Loan Fund.



Locality is the leading nationwide network of settlements, development trusts, social action centres and community enterprises.

We believe that every community is a place of possibility.

We help people to set up locally owned and led organisations. We support existing organisations to work effectively through peer-to-peer exchange of knowledge and best practice on community asset ownership, collaboration, commissioning support, social enterprise, community voice and advocacy.

Locality also works to influence government and others at national and local level to build support and investment for the movement.

Locality, the trading name of Locality (UK), was formed in April 2011 by the merger of bassac and the Development Trusts Association, two leading networks of community owned and led organisations.

Go to the Locality website



The Social Enterprise Lancashire Network

The Social Enterprise Lancashire Network is a membership and networking organisation, now accepted as the voice of the Lancashire social enterprise sector. Membership is open to:

Existing or emerging social enterprises Organisations supporting the development
of social enterprise Lancashire based public or private sector organisations supporting the SE agenda.

Go to the Social Enterprise Lancashire Network Website


Social Enterprise Network

Social Enterprise Network is a Merseyside based network of non-profit distributing businesses and community and voluntary sector organisations. It aims to present ‘one voice’ to promote the sector and to support the development of new and existing Social Enterprises in Merseyside and is the longest established such body in England.

Our members are organisations, which trade in goods or services and link that trade to social objectives; they include community enterprises, credit unions, trading arms of charities, employee owned businesses, co-operatives, development trusts, housing associations, social firms, and leisure trusts.

Go to the Social Enterprise Network Website


Cumbria’s Social Enterprise Partnership

Cumbria’s Social Enterprise Partnership has been operating since 2003 and its objectives are to:

  • Increase the formation, growth and survival rates of social enterprise
  • Improve communication between and outside the social enterprise sector
  • To grow market opportunities
  • To ensure recognition from the public and private sectors that social enterprises provide quality services and goods and increase social inclusion

Go to the Cumbria’s Social Enterprise Partnership Website


Co-operatives North West

Co-operatives North West was formed in April 1999 to strengthen the sector and provide a regional voice for co-operative and mutual organisations. It is a democratically elected body from
member businesses and organisations, with a responsibility to represent and promote the sector.

The Board is elected at the Annual General Meeting and meets every 3 months to determine the strategy and activities of the Council. The co-operative and mutual sector in the North West of England comprises a wide range of diverse businesses. It is estimated that there are over 500 businesses in the co-operative and mutual sector in the region, which collectively employ nearly 30,000 people and have a membership of more than 4.5 million.

Go to the Co-operatives North West Website


The Cheshire and Warrington Social Enterprise Partnership

The Cheshire and Warrington Social Enterprise Partnership brings together local authorities, business support providers and social enterprises in its area. It aims to develop a successful social enterprise community across Cheshire and Warrington by supporting social enterprises to meet the social needs of their communities and promote their interest at all levels.

Go to the Cheshire and Warrington Social Enterprise Partnership Website


Together Works

Together Works is the social enterprise network for Greater Manchester which aims to develop a strong, independent and cohesive social economy in Greater Manchester that delivers outstanding financial, social and environmental benefits to the community.

Together Works is accountable to its members through its democratic structure and has been supporting and representing social enterprises since the formation of its predecessor, Manchester Progressive Enterprise Network, in 2001.

Go to the Together Works Website