Category Archives: Strategic Links

Growth Lancashire

Growth Lancashire’s mission is to serve both new and existing businesses to grow job opportunities and skills across the County. Growth Lancashire provides business support and economic development services.

Our team of business advisors offer impartial advice to help businesses realise their potential either through specialist in-house support or through our extensive network of public and private sector partners. In the last three years Growth Lancashire has supported thousands of businesses, creating over 4,000 jobs, £12m in direct grant support, and levered in over £50m private investment. We’ve helped to start over a 1,000 new businesses.

Growth Lancashire was previously called Regenerate Pennine Lancashire. We changed our name in 2016 to reflect the footprint that we were already covering.



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The Key Fund

Key Fund


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 or If you have any questions or would like a chat please contact me on 01829 261019 or email info[at]



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VSNW Voluntary Sector North West



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.



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Unity Trust Bank


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.



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SEUK Social Enterprise UK

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.


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