The second year of our Catalyst Fund saw lots of applications from businesses in the area hoping to receive up to £5,000 to grow their businesses. The previous year's winners have achieved so much with your support, so we were excited to see what the next applicants to pitch would bring.
The winners and their business ideas where:
The Hulme-based small food business, AJ's Pepper Pot aims to start an at-home cooking service with delivery. The menu includes affordable and healthy Caribbean and English dishes available to order by phone for the local community.
A community radio station, ALL FM offer radio training and broadcasting opportunities in Levenshulme and the surrounding areas which train groups in writing, producing and presenting shows.
Brainy Media Communications will offer training and development opportunities for would-be DJs, presenters, and graphics/media/animation producers. The facilities will be available for people of all ages, as well as local businesses. There will also be media support on offer at competitive rates.
The dance group aim to deliver workshops for people of all ages. For young people they will provide dance classes, giving them an alternative activity after school hours. They also plan to engage with elderly people through dance.
The aim of Capture My Holiday is to bridge the gap between photographers and prospective clients (travellers). They want to create a platform that brings them all together in one place so that people can book a photography package for their holiday.
This project uses traditional craft skills for a back to work, community engagement, and health and wellbeing scheme for all ages. Through the skills of stone carving and masonry, this unique project will restore the derelict stone fragments of the Monastery and give the local community a chance to learn new skills.
Based in Ardwick, Manchester Roller Sports offer public skate sessions, workshops, sport development and team building. They aim to build confidence in women and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds via sport and recreational activities.
N.I.A.M.O.S is a theatre space in Hulme which helps to improve quality of life through shared interactions, events and celebrations. N.I.A.M.O.S offer a co-operatively run exhibition, arts and performance space with a micro-bakery, music studios, a kitchen and a holistic wellbeing space.
The social enterprise is an employment mentoring project supporting refugees to improve their prospects and find jobs. Refugees & Mentors provide employability courses, information, guidance and encouragement to help build confidence and take the next steps to getting a job.
Alongside Station South Cycle Cafe project, the CIC intend to create Work Station - a unique, community-focussed, co-working space operating on a membership scheme. The member-based community project wants to benefit the wider area by providing opportunities to help turn ideas into small businesses and independent new freelancers.
STEAM Hubs and Pubs is a community interest company who create spaces of engagement, learning and meeting for local communities, working with the principles of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). Their aim is to revitalise struggling pubs and open new cultural spaces to strengthen communities and improve wellbeing.