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Retail & Manufacturing

The Making Rooms BwD CIC

Contact: Thomas Macpherson Pope





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About Us

The Making Rooms is a place where creativity, technology and advanced manufacturing come together in a community facility for us. By business artists, inventors, students, children and just about everyone else to design and make anything from high-tech products and gadgets to toys, artworks, home decorations and tshirts.



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The Sewing Rooms

Centaur House
Units 1 – 6
Gardiners Place
Skelmersdale, Lancashire

Paula Gamester

Tel: 01695 550 772





About Us

The Sewing Rooms social enterprise is a business that trades to tackle social problems. Our goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we work with, as well as improve peoples’ life chances. We do this through bespoke training workshops and a manufacturing department that makes soft furnishings, accessories and bespoke upholstery for private and corporate clients.



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Emmaus Preston

165 Ribbleton LaneEmmaus Logo

Contact: Stephen Buchanan

Tel: 01772 796622






Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home within a community, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get back on their feet again.

Emmaus communities are not hostels for the homeless; they provide a home for as long as someone needs it. For many, this support and stability is like the family they don’t have, providing a safe environment in which to settle and rebuild their lives.

Whilst Emmaus is an international charity and there are over 350 communities across the world and in the UK alone 30, offering over a 1000 beds for people who are homeless, each is an individual charity and has to pay for its own local running itself. We are not nationally or government funded and believe we should pay our own way via running various social enterprises.

Emmaus Preston has a house for up to 26 people and runs the largest charity shop in the country, the former B and Q just off North Road Preston, as well as a store on Fishergate (Preston Town Centre). Both of these stores sell a mix of new and donated goods including washing machines, cookers, refrigeration, new beds, bedroom furniture, office furniture and much more. We additionally have a smaller store on Deepdale Mill Street selling just donated goods. The stores are staffed and run solely by our Companions, formerly homeless people, and all the income from the stores directly pays for the food, support, training, activities and move on for the people who live in Emmaus Preston.

If you are an individual or an organisation purchasing items please spend your money with us and not only will you get great prices but you will directly help to support someone who was homeless to never end up on the streets again.



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Community Solutions North West

Elmfield HallCommunity Solutions North West Logo
Gatty Park

 Deborah Clark

Tel: 01254 460080





Community Solutions North West is a community resource, which involves local people to meet local need. We aim to improve the health, economic status, emotional and spiritual well-being of those with whom we interact. An innovative social enterprise, we specialise in engagement and support. Through the holistic provision of bespoke solutions, we are committed to offering hope and opportunity across Lancashire. With a Solutions Focused Asset Based Approach (endorsed by UCLAN Evaluation – June 2014) our services and programmes recognise strengths and resilience rather than focusing on need. Services include Food Bank, sporting projects, Family Solutions, training, employability and a range of personal and group support solutions.

MISSION: To empower local people to meet local needs within the communities of Lancashire and beyond; promoting inter-dependence, confidence and self-esteem.

Our excellent facilities in Burnley and Accrington are available for conferencing, training events and corporate functions.




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Shabby 2 Chic

The Upcycle Warehouseshabby
15A Preston Old Road

Contact: Sandra Johnson

Tel: 01253 465948



About Us

REDROSE 2011 Best Voluntary Project
Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2012 – Excellence in Training
Selnet Enterprise in Society Awards 2012 – Young Social Entrepreneur

Up cycling Furniture and Antique Restoration. Putting the life and soul back into unwanted furniture which were heading for our Landfills.

Shabby 2 Chic workshops supports disadvantaged people in building their confidence and further their independence and skills.

Our Training Accredited Craft Workshops enables our learners the fundamental basics of restoring and recreating a piece of furniture for their own use.  

Teaching individuals how to save our environment by using environmental friendly paints and recycled materials!
Encouraging innovative creative ideas that builds each individuals self esteem and confidence, and finally to succeed working within the community off their own merit.

We are proud and honoured to work with our Community.



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