Enterprise Support


  • Anteros Community

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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