Government plans to promote the role of social enterprise in the economy and society were mapped out in the 2006 strategy, the social enterprise action plan: scaling new heights. The Northwest Regional Development Agency subsequently developed a support framework to promote social enterprise as a business model and recognise it as unique when assessing business support.
This was the catalyst for Social Enterprise North West to be established as a regional network with directors drawn from nominated representatives of sub-regional social enterprise networks, plus Locality 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.
Through a series of programmes, SENW has attracted millions of pounds of additional funding to the North West which has delivered tangible benefits to social enterprises, helping them to trade more effectively and be sustainable.