Enterprise Support


  • Anteros Community, Community Interest Company

    Unit 6 Greetby Place
    WN8 9UL

    James Hoy

    Tel: 07964 826017



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



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  • Bootstrap Enterprises

    35 Railway Rdbootstrap
    BB1 1EZ

    Contact: Graham Jones

    Tel: (01254) 680367


    Web: www.bootstrap.org.uk

    About Us

    Bootstrap delivers:

    • Outreach, engagement, advice and guidance activities to help people recognise their skills, make informed decisions and take positive steps towards better futures;
    • Help for individuals and communities to turn ideas into thriving private businesses and social enterprises;
    • Worklessness and supported employment programmes to help all kinds of people move towards the world of work and then find and keep the right job;
    • The capacity to deliver an extensive portfolio of vocational qualifications and personal development learning;
    • Consultancy and training for public bodies and third sector to improve their capacity to deliver socially inclusive goals;
    • Partnership and facilitation to develop a range of socially inclusive agendas at local, regional and national level.



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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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  • Community Enterprise & Skills CIC

    C/O All Souls BoltonCES Logo
    Astley Street
    BL1 8EY

    Rizwana Adam

    Tel: 07886 341 364


    Web: www.ceskills.org.uk



    We are a group of local volunteers who have been supporting many members of the local community, predominantly Asian female ladies, with their personal, social and welfare development needs and providing an opportunity for them to meet and discuss their issues. We have about 3-5 volunteers actively engaging with the local community. As more women have gained awareness of our services there has been greater demand and we are now seeking to formally establish the group with a Constitution and as a NOT FOR PROFIT organisation for the benefits of the local community.

    We are active in Pennine and Central Lancashire as well as North Greater Manchester and are keen to expand our services and provision to a wider area.

    We have worked mainly with those in an unpaid carer’s role as well as supported those with confidence issues to develop themselves to become more active in their communities and seek employment and economic activity opportunities.




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  • Leapfrog Solutions CIC


    Contact: Dorothy Shears


    Email: info@leapfrogsolutions.co.uk

    Web: www.leapfrogsolutions.co.uk


    Leapfrog Solutions is a Social Enterprise specialising in support for organisations working in a socially enterprising environment.

    • The staff and associates have a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with third sector organisations and volunteers
    • We have fantastic relationships with some of the best known names in our sector
    • We recognise that every client has different needs so work to provide a tailored approach that suits you
    • We run Creative workshops for adults living with long term health conditions




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  • Mutual Business Advice Ltd

    BraesideMBA Logo
    Foxholes Rd.
    BL6  6AJ

    Contact: Elaine Bowes

    Tel: (01204) 452562


    Web: www.mbalimited.co.uk

    About Us

    We are a Workers’ Co-operative, specialising in business support and advice to both start up and existing businesses. By establishing what your co-operative wants to achieve we are able to provide pragmatic, responsive advice across a broad spread of services including business planning, financial forecasting, marketing and promotion, personnel management and development. Our aim is to promote and develop co-operative enterprise into sustainable businesses where ever possible.



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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

    A community interest company based in the North West of England.

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

    We specialise in three main themes; social enterprise, community engagement and public participation.

    Through our extensive associate network Shared Future can support:

    Social enterprise

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



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  • Social Enterprise Solutions CIC

    Blackpool Enterprise Centresescic-logo
    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.



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  • The Business Clinic Organisation CIC

    1 Lockside Office Park
    Lockside Road
    PR2 2YS


    Contact: David Nelson

    Tel: 01772 367 367


    Email: info@thebusinessclinic.org

    Web: www.thebusinessclinic.org



    About Us

    The Business Clinic

    The Business Clinic exists to create healthier profits for business owners. We are independent and thought-provoking, and we deliver the strategy, skills and support needed to develop and grow local businesses.

    Tailored Services Covered: Training – Consultancy – Peerworking – Routes to funding

    We also operate our open clinics on a range of subjects which provide a way to learn new skills and develop fresh new ideas through interactive, content rich sessions that are free of charge to the business community, resulting in an approach that is collaborative and reciprocal.

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  • Tick the Publicity Box CIC

    70 Mowbray Drive tick-logo
    FY3 7UN

    Contact: Alistair Clarke

    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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