Enterprise Support


  • ACT Community Partnership CIC

    Contact: David Flanagan

    Tel: 07847 521291


    Web: www.actcommunity.co.uk




    ACT Community Partnership has to date been successful in securing a building and undergone extensive renovations to provide a fit for purpose resource centre for the primary purpose of Advice, Counselling and Training. The organisation is actively developing a network of strategic partners to provide front line services to the local community through the different strands. In addition the new facility (The ACT Centre Blackpool) will provide accommodation for front line organisations as well as training and meeting space for hire. 



    The centre boasts meeting space and training rooms that are available to hire.




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  • Anteros Community

    Unit 6 Greetby Place
    WN8 9UL

    James Hoy

    Tel: 07964 826017


    Web: www.anteroscommunity.co.uk


    Anteros Community provides music education and support for professionals and enthusiasts within the music community and music industry.



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  • Blackburn Rovers Community Trust

    Darwen End, Ewood Park
    Nuttall Street
    BB2 4JF

    Contact: Deborah Blades

    Tel: 01254 508256


    Web: www.rovers.co.uk/community




    Blackburn Rovers Community Trust (Registered Charity No. 1117122) is fully committed to offering all members of the local community access to the highest quality programme of grassroots football, education, inclusion initiatives and awareness projects to encourage off-field participation, success and enjoyment using the crest and brand name of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.

    The power of football to engage, enthuse and motivate people irrespective of age, gender and ethnicity is now recognised on many stages. As a vehicle through which community cohesion in its broadest terms of ‘narrowing the gap’ in health, education, aspirations and opportunity can be addressed, the local draw of Blackburn Rovers and the unrivalled power of the brand to bring additional credibility cannot be underestimated.




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  • Blackpool and The Fylde Street Angels

    Contact: Paul Rawson

    Tel: 07964 202525


    Web: www.bfstreetangels.org




    We support vulnerable people in Blackpool. We help to make Blackpool a safer place to be in the evening.

    Some of our services:

    • Temporary Bed Unit 365 days per year
    • Hot food street outreach
    • Weekend evening outreach – we offer practical help, advice and basic first aid
    • A shelter for adults during severe weather periods

    We also have a facility called Angels Rest used to run education and support groups




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  • Change Grow Live

    CGL HQ – Towerpoint
    44 North Road
    BN1 1YR

    Contact: Katie Bebbington


    Web: www.changegrowlive.org




    Change Grow Live is a charity specialising in Substance Misuse and Criminal Justice intervention projects in England and Wales. We’re funded by councils and local authorities who commission us to provide services, and we sometimes receive donations from the public.

    Because we’re not a business, we’re not looking to make a profit. So we can focus on making sure that everything we do is helping the people who use our services, and the wider public too.

    In Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, we operate under the brands Inspire, New You and Go2. Within all our services in Lancashire, we have teams that support with all of the following and much more

    • Clinical interventions for drug and/ or alcohol treatment
    • Family Safeguarding
    • Criminal Justice
    • Homelessness
    • Housing
    • Education, Training and Employment
    • Recovery Support
    • Behaviour Change




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  • Chapter3 Enterprise CIC

    178 Holmfield Road
    FY2 9PU

    Contact: Dianne Tew

    Tel: 07799 711337


    Email: dianne@chapter3.org.uk

    Web: www.chapter3.org.uk


    About Us

    A not for profit organisation with a strong commitment to communities and society focused on helping create economic and social value through enterprise. We are a small but perfectly formed community interest company with many years of leadership and enterprise experience and great passion for what we do.

    Our experiences, skills and wisdom being built-up through running businesses and working with hundreds of start-ups, in particular micro-businesses and the third sector.

    We deliver practical workshops providing guidance and creative solutions that help business, non profits, communities and individuals, get unstuck and move forwards.



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  • Chorley VCFS Network

    35-39 Fazakerly StreetChorley VCFS Network
    PR7 2SW


    Contact: Donna Hussain

    Tel: 01257 226516


    Email: donnalhussain@gmail.com



    We are an infrastructure support service offering infrastructure to third sector organisations in order to build capacity within the sector for economic and social improvement.

    We work with all sectors to enhance services and support them to become more effective and efficient.




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  • Co-operative and Mutual Solutions

    7 Cecil Streetcms
    FY8 5NN

    Contact: Dave Hollings

    Tel: 01900 810 810


    Web: www.cms.coop

    About Us

    Co-operative and Mutual Solutions (CMS) Ltd provides specialist business advice and training to co-operatives and social enterprises. The Directors have experience of start up, growth, succession situations (community and employee buyouts) and externalisation from public authorities/charitable organisations. We offer advice as to the best legal form and business model. We work with a wide range of people: employees, users/consumers and other stakeholders to ensure that the model is appropriate.

    We have particular experience in community sports and leisure, retail including food, waste and recycling, renewable energy, social and health care.

    We have expertise in the following areas: feasibility studies, business and financial planning, marketing, legal structures, good board governance, finance raising including community share issues.

    Co-operative and Mutual Solutions (CMS) Ltd is the lead partner in the C-Change programme a scheme for new/trading co-operatives (funded by the Co-operative Group) and which allows them access to specialist consultancy.




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  • Enterprising Habits Ltd

    36 Briercliffe Road
    BB10 1 XB

    Contact: Ibrar Syed

    Tel: 07545 261780


    Web: www.ehabits.org.uk




    We offer a range of services to local residents and families across East Lancashire that includes vocational qualifications, functional skills, employability skills, enterprise support, bi-lingual info advice and guidance, traineeship (16-25) etc.



    We deliver services such as an employability support programme, traineeship, apprenticeship, SIA courses, Adult Education Budget, ESOL classes, IT courses, bespoke business start-up support, entrepreneurship and info advice & guidance




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  • Preston Co-operative Development Network

    Contact: Gareth Nash


    Web: www.prestoncoopdevelopment.org

    Email: gareth@cms.coop



    About Us

    Preston Co-operative Development Network supports new and trading co-operatives in Preston and surrounds. It does this through webinars and workshops, networking events and specialist support.



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  • Queens Market Morecambe CIC

    25-27 Victoria Street
    LA4 4AE

    Nick Smith

    Tel: 07974 383784

    Email: queensmarketmorecambe@gmail.com

    Web: www.queensmarket.org



    Queen’s Market Morecambe is an amazing building that has the potential to create a social enterprise that will generate profit to reinvest. Enabling Ambitious Opportunities, investing in joined-up thinking and connecting cogs that already exist, bringing unity to the community.




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  • Rainbow Youth Centre

    Contact: Martin Needham

    Tel: 01254 720740


    Web: www.rainbowyouthcentre.com




    We are youth hub specialising in helping young members of the LGBTQI+ community with mental health issues & social anxiety, we act as a safe space for young people to come, and be themselves ask for help or advice, or just to find a friend.


    Martin Needham​ of Rainbow Youth Centre won our Social Enterprise Champion award in 2022.



    The Rainbow Youth Centre have an online shop selling various items to help raise funds for the centre.




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  • Shared Future CIC

    28 Cromwell Groveshared future cic
    M19 3GB

    Contact: Jez Hall

    Tel: 07963 706106


    Website: www.sharedfuturecic.org.uk

    About Us

    We are a community interest company based in the North West of England, operating across the UK.

    Offering consultancy, research and development services to the public sector and the social economy.

    We specialise in three main areas of work: The social economy, community engagement and public participation.

    We prioritise work related to climate change and environmental sustainability.

    Through our extensive associate network Shared Future can support with:

    • Facilitating Citizen Juries and deliberative engagement
    • Participatory Budgeting
    • Community-led planning and community development
    • Youth and community empowerment
    • Community asset development and building management
    • Ethical business and social responsibility
    • Organisational change and strategy
    • Social Impact reports



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  • Shelter

    Blackburn Central Library
    Town Hall Street
    BB2 1AG

    Contact: Kimberley Helm

    Tel: 0344 515 1882


    Web: www.shelter.org.uk

    Email: Kimberley_helm@shelter.org.uk


    About Us

    A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle daily with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction.

    At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home; our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency.

    Above all we seek a transformation in housing policy, including investment in homes people on low incomes can afford – an investment that has been missing for decades and from all political parties, so that now the human cost has become intolerable.

    At Shelter Lancashire we have been working in the community delivering specialist housing, debt and welfare benefits advice for over 20 years. We are committed to improving the lives of those in our community by creating systems change.



    Shop at Shelter
    With almost 100 charity stores across the UK and a curated online store, browse second-hand items, vintage and designer clothes that help us end housing injustice



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  • Social Enterprise Solutions CIC

    Blackpool Enterprise Centre
    Lytham Road
    FY4  1EW

    Contact: Tony Carr

    Tel: (01253) 344123


    Web: www.socialenterprisesolutions.co.uk

    About Us

    Social Enterprise Solutions CIC supports the start-up, development and growth of social enterprises primarily in the northwest.

    Registered in May 2006 as the first Community Interest Company in Blackpool, our foundation Directors have many years of experience in running businesses and of social enterprise infrastructure development. In the2010 RBS SE100 data report we were listed as the 3rd fastest growing social business in the northwest and 23rd in the UK.

    The company has grown rapidly, notably winning contracts from Blackpool Council, Knowsley MBC and 3SC. These contracts have enabled us to develop social enterprises across the northwest.

    As thought leaders on social enterprise development and innovation, we are consulted by Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, NHS Hospital Foundation Trusts, Housing Associations and Schools as they seek to implement the government’s agenda on social enterprise growth.

    Our reach now covers the whole of the northwest through our successful delivery of over 150 Future Jobs Fund placements which has resulted in 20% permanent staff retention.

    We provide a bespoke service adapted to each client’s needs, including:

    • Training to public sector staff, from awareness raising through to advanced levels, on understanding the social enterprise business model 
    • Project management
    • Idea generation
    • Advice on social enterprise legal structures, business planning, marketing and growth
    • Social Accounting

    We also work with and advise many private sector organisations as they seek to understand and engage with the social enterprise business model.


    Tony Carr of Social Enterprise Solutions won our Social Enterprise Champion award in 2021.



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  • Tick the Publicity Box CIC

    70 Mowbray Drive tick-logo
    FY3 7UN

    Contact: Alistair Clarke MBE

    Tel: (01253) 302602


    Web: www.publicitybox.co.uk

    About Us

    Twice nominated as Creative Company of the Year, Tick The Publicity Box – specialists in  media, marketing and PR – gives clients in the third sector a professional image and assists them with all aspects of promotion from design and printing, buying media space, staging events and presentations.

    The social enterprise also provides services to local authorities and the NHS which, in turn, provides a surplus which helps various charitable groups.

    To us, the key to a successful social economy is for CICs to keep focused on building their business, making it sustainable and winning more contracts. Providing them with a professional image and meaningful marketing is critical to delivering that success.



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