The Proper Good Social Business Support Programme

What is it?

The Proper Good Programme offers free-to-access business support, networking and training led by entrepreneurs who know how to run proper businesses that do good in their communities.

Individuals on the programme may also apply for social investment to grow their businesses and scale their impact.

The programme covers Bolton, Oldham, Wigan and Stockport. Local partners and supporters include Turn up the Value, Starts with you, Bolton CVS, Bolton Council, Bolton University, Bolton Chamber of Commerce, HOOT Credit Union, Bolton at Home, Youth Leads, Bolton Solidarity Community Association and Greater Manchester Growth Company, who will work with Bolton’s businesses to build a stronger, more resilient economy.

Can I join the programme?

You can join the programme if you have a proper good idea or business that aims to make a positive difference in Bolton, no matter what stage of the journey you are on – from start-up to scale-up.

How do I find out more?

Get in contact with Karen for a proper good chat about how the programme can help you.

If you cover more than one area, or have specific questions about social investment, contact Liz at

The programme is jointly funded by Big Society Capital and Access – The Foundation for Social Investment. It is one of six programmes from across England that aim to support the growth of local social economies to help reduce poverty and inequality.