The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a creative collaboration of leaders from business, universities and local councils, who direct economic growth and drive job creation.
The LEP was formed in 2011 to make Lancashire the location for business growth and inward investment. Since then, we have played a crucial role in coordinating the county’s economic priorities.
Our role is to ensure the best possible economic conditions so that businesses can start, grow and thrive, by enjoying easy access to high-grade support for sustainable expansion.
We work with government to bid for public funds, focussing on opportunities that maximise job creation and growth to spread the benefits right across the county.
Our strong strategic focus has enabled us to secure a £1 billion growth plan and bring forward over 50 major growth initiatives. Whilst all parts of Lancashire have benefited from these ambitious growth programmes and investment plans, half of these initiatives are within the five most deprived areas, reflecting the LEP’S ambition to drive inclusive economic growth.
When people are in the lead, communities thrive. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes over £600m a year to communities across the UK, raised by players of The National Lottery.
Key Fund provides funding to Social Enterprises working in a wide variety of areas and sectors to enable them to develop and grow, such as:
We can support many activities including: building or equipment purchase, cash-flow, refurbishment/improvement costs, start-up costs and working capital requirements.
Whether you are a new or established enterprise, a charity, a CIC, a Co-operative, or a community-based organisation we may be able to help.
If your organisation is (or intends to be) a registered company with:
- Income-generating activities
- Community benefit or environmental aims at the heart of the business
- Profits mainly reinvested to achieve these aims
then you may be eligible to apply, either by downloading an application from the web site www.thekeyfund.co.uk or If you have any questions or would like a chat please contact me on 01829 261019 or email info[at]thekeyfund.co.uk.
VSNW (Voluntary Sector North West) is the regional voluntary sector network for the North West. The purpose of VSNW is to ensure that the voluntary and community sector (VCS), in all its diversity, takes its full part in shaping the future of the North West.
We work with 150 members who:
- work across the region directly supporting and delivering services for individuals, or
- are VCS infrastructure organisations (LIOs) that work with local voluntary and community groups.
VSNW members provide community services, regenerate neighbourhoods, support individuals, promote volunteering and tackle discrimination. The 40 generalist LIOs in membership of VSNW have a membership of 6,780 VCS groups and are in contact with 19,800 local voluntary and community sector groups in the North West – just under two-thirds (63%) of the region’s VCS groups.
To read more about our current work see our Annual Review.
We are a full service bank, offering all the services you would expect from a high street bank, but with a fresh approach that’s unlike most banks. Since we were established in 1984, we have sought to put social change, social benefit and community involvement at the heart of everything we do. But, unlike other banks, we’re not driven by the pure profit motive. We put people first because for us, generating a social and financial return are both important. By being socially-focused, we help our customers care for the communities and people they work with. And because we’re a social enterprise ourselves, we really understand the day-to-day issues and challenges our customers face.
To find out more view our PDF.
We are the national body for social enterprise. Social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world. When they profit, society profits. Together with our members we are the voice for social enterprise. We do research, provide information and tools, share knowledge, build networks, raise awareness and campaign to create a business environment where social enterprises can thrive. We also support social enterprises at all stages of their development through information, advice, tools, events and networks.