Fifty delegates from charities and social enterprises across the North West were challenged to assess their entrepreneurial capabilities at a workshop organised by Anglia Ruskin University and the Guardian Social Enterprise Network, on 20 March at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester.
Professor John Thompson from Anglia Ruskin University suggested that entrepreneurial attitudes were a good fit with the challenging business environment being faced by the third sector, an environment where change is 'the new normal'. Other speakers included Andy Brady, course leader for the University's Cert HE in Charity and Social Enterprise Management, and Gail Heath from Manchester Women's Aid, who traced her organisation's response to rising demand and diminishing resources.
Anglia Ruskin University's 3rd Sector Futures team provide support and training for managers in charities and social enterprises, chiefly through a Cert HE course which combines the flexibility of distance learning with face to face workshops, and has modules covering:
Sarah Leach, Trafford Centre for Independent Living, said:
Sarah Leach is joining the next Manchester group starting in May.
Jennifer Calverley, North Derbyshire Women's Aid, said: