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Social Enterprise Development

Frequently Asked Questions

Live, Work, Invest aims to develop and support social enterprise within Tameside. We will work in partnership with the individual or group to develop and support new and existing social enterprises ensuring their sustainability.


What is Social Enterprise?

A social enterprise is defined as having one or more of the following characteristics:-

  • Social ownership i.e. the business is owned by the employees with all decisions being made by the employees.
  • Trading with a social purpose i.e. with a view to supporting the community in terms of offering employment opportunities and providing locally based services.
  • Trading in the market for sustainability.

A social enterprise also has clearly defined social aims which include:-

  • The creation of employment and access to work for disadvantaged groups.
  • Providing locally based services.
  • Providing training and personal development opportunities.

What advice is available?

The following start-up process will take place:-

  • An initial discussion will take place where the business idea is discussed to establish if this best fits with the aims of the project.
  • A Business Plan will be drawn up and a financial appraisal will be undertaken.
  • Training needs will be identified.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Community Economic Development
Clarence Arcade
Stamford Street
Ashton-under-Lyne
Tameside
OL6 7PT