State of the Sector 2020

The State of the Sector survey is back and we need your help!

The last survey in 2017 found there were an estimated 15,890 voluntary, charity and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Greater Manchester supporting over 21.9 million interventions with clients, users or beneficiaries and are worth a total income into the city region was estimated to be £1.3 billion. This survey provided valuable evidence to decision makers of the important social and economic contribution the VCSE Sector brings to Greater Manchester and its individual boroughs.

However it is time to repeat the survey as there have been significant changes within the sector, local areas and Greater Manchester. Particularly as the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 has radically changed how we live and how the sector delivers its services.

We need to know how these changes have affected our sector to enable them to continue to make a difference by providing valuable services and supporting the people of Greater Manchester.

Those who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win either £1,000 or £200 for their organisation.

This research will not just enable us to shine a spotlight, but also give a voice to every local area and Greater Manchester as a whole.

The State of the Sector is a partnership research initiative between 10GM (a joint venture to support the VCSE sector across Greater Manchester), GMCVO and locality partners. Leading the research on behalf of the partnership will be the University of Salford.

Click – Complete the survey


Wigan Borough VCSE Sector COVID-19 Survey.


Wigan Borough VSCE Sector Survey



If you missed the Webinar – ‘Fairer and Secure Future’ on the 9th of July you can now view it online


VCSE Collaborative call now live!

Deadline 12th August 2020

Call for GM VCSE Leaders to become part of a new VCSE Collaborative

The Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group are building a new VCSE ‘Collaborative’ to harness the passion, knowledge and expertise that exists within the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector,  to help influence policy making at a Greater Manchester (GM) level.

Register – VCSE Collaborative Recruitment

North West in Bloom

NWBIB Newsletter July 2020



Furlough Scheme – Important Updates

The HMRC scheme guidance has been updated (full details here)

The most important things to note are:

  • For staff put on furlough on or before 30‌‌ June  – you must make your claim for them by 31st July – this is the last date you can make those claims. You can backdate your claim to the date of first furlough.
  • From 1st July, only employees that you have successfully claimed a previous furlough grant for will be eligible for further grants under the scheme. The last day an employee could have started furlough for the first time was 10 June.
  • From 1st July the scheme rules will change each month – so from now on you will have to submit monthly claims. Claim periods will have to start and end within the same calendar month and must be for a period of at least 7 days.

If your pay period includes days in more than one month, you’ll need to submit separate claims covering the days that fall into each month. You should match your claim period to the dates you process your payroll, if you can.

You can only make one claim for any period so you must include all your furloughed or flexibly furloughed employees in one claim even if you pay them at different times

  • From 1st July employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim furlough grant for the hours not worked.

When claiming for employees who are flexibly furloughed you should not claim until you are sure of the exact number of hours they will have worked during the claim period.

  • A furloughed employee can take part in volunteer work whilst on furlough as long as it is for another employer or organisation. They can also take part in company training, or work for another employer (if contractually allowed).

Just a reminder: during hours which you record your employee as being on furlough, you cannot ask them to do any work for you that (a) makes money or (b) provide services for your organisation or any organisation linked or associated with your organisation.




COVID-19 Discretionary Business Grant


The government have announced a new Discretionary Business Grant Fund to support businesses that are NOT eligible for the small business grant funding but who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The scheme is now open for applications for a two-week period until 16th June 2020.

Does your business qualify for the funding?

To qualify for Discretionary Business Grant funding, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • The applicant is the owner or director of the applying business
  • The applicant currently leases or owns business premises / a business work base within the Wigan borough
  • The business does not qualify for, and has not previously been awarded, any of the following COVID grant measures:
    • Small Business Support Grant (Scheme 1)
    • Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant (Scheme 2a)
    • Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant (Scheme 2b)
    • Any other COVID-19 related business support measure
  • The business has not previously received a Discretionary COVID Grant award
  • The business employs a total of less than 50 people
  • The business can adequately demonstrate significant loss of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures
  • The business has rental or mortgage costs no less than £100.00 per calendar month
  • The business is not in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice
  • The business complies with State Aid rules.

How do I apply for the funding?

To apply for the funding, you must: