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Better Community Business Network grants initiative

11 Mar 2016 - 09:56 by michelle.foster

Better Community Business Network Grant Initiative aims to provide small grant awards to empower charities and local community projects for the betterment of society. This initiative will distribute up to £3000 per month to small but credible community projects, which are able to demonstrate the positive impact that they add to the local community.

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I agree: the way we think about charity is dead wrong.

11 Dec 2015 - 12:49 by Mike Wild

I'm being a bit cheeky calling this one a blog as 99.99% of this page is not by me at all. However, this is a good place to share it.

Below is a talk given by an American activist and fundraiser called Dan Pallotta. He brilliantly sums up some of the attitudes which distort the way the charity sector functions. I heartily agree with a lot of what he says - it's well worth watching. 

Manchester Youth Market Programme - Applications now open

20 Nov 2015 - 10:46 by michelle.foster

The Manchester Youth Market programme is one of We Love Manchester charity’s flagship projects. It will help young, budding entrepreneurs to make the transition from developing a business idea to taking it to the public to test trade.

Working with key partners such as the Princes Trust, Innospace, the Business Growth Hub, the Manchester Enterprise Centre, vInspired and The Manchester College, the programme will ensure young people have access to a wide range of training to prepare them for trading.

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Manchester Christmas Markets 2015

20 Nov 2015 - 10:45 by michelle.foster

The capital of Christmas in the UK, undisputed since the arrival of the first Christmas Markets from Europe 17 years ago, Manchester is the perfect place to get in to the Christmas spirit.

The celebration has grown each year with an ambitious spread of festive cheer to each and every corner of the city with attractions for all the family and all ages.

This year, make sure Manchester is on your Christmas list – everything else will simply fall in to place.

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Get involved with Small Business Saturday 2015 on 5 December

20 Nov 2015 - 10:43 by michelle.foster

Small Business Saturday 2015 takes place on the busiest shopping day of the year – Saturday 5 December. It is a national campaign to celebrate small businesses and the value they add to the character of your community.

On the day you can shop for unique Christmas gift ideas and enjoy local promotions, offers, events and activities.

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My Future - Work Experience for Young People in Manchester

10 Jul 2015 - 15:22 by Mike Wild

My Future is a new programme supported by Manchester College and Manchester City Council to provide young people aged 16 to 24 with experience in a real working environment and an opportunity to increase their knowledge and develop new skills.

The programme is based around a 4 week pre-employment training period followed by a 13 week paid (minimum wage) work placement with a local employer. This can be a voluntary sector organisation or social enterprise as well as local companies and public sector bodies.

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Spirit of Manchester Awards 2015 – get your nominations in by 3 July

16 Jun 2015 - 16:03 by michelle.foster

The Spirit of Manchester Awards is a series of awards celebrating and highlighting all the excellent work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary and community sector. As well as providing recognition to the sector in these hard times, we want to raise the profile of the sector amongst the general public and encourage local giving and active citizenship.

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Do you run an inspiring or unique small business?

28 May 2015 - 09:39 by michelle.foster

The Small Business Saturday campaign is seeking 100 inspiring or unique small businesses from across the UK. Each business will be highlighted on the campaign’s website and social media channels in the 100 days leading up to Small Business Saturday on 5 December, giving great free local and national publicity.

For the past two years, the 100 small businesses have also attended a reception in Downing Street with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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First Steps Enterprise Fund

24 Apr 2015 - 10:04 by michelle.foster

First Steps Enterprise Fund is a £300,000 pilot fund offering loan-grant packages to charities and social enterprises working in communities in the North West and South West of England.

Small community-led organisations can apply for up to £30,000 to help them grow their services and become more sustainable. The investments are the first steps towards accessing the wider social investment market and more financing options.

This fund is for community enterprises looking to take on their first loan to help the organisation move forward from start-up stage.

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