GMCVO is the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector support and development organisation covering the Greater Manchester city region. We publish predominantly qualitative research and evidence based on our projects, contributing to Greater Manchester’s understanding of the role of VCSE activity and how to develop the wider social economy. We also design and carry out commissioned pieces of research, including evaluations that focus on helping organisations to learn and improve. Since 2005, the CEOs of GMCVO and BVSC have regularly met as part of the national VCSE core cities group for mutual learning and support and occasional collaboration on campaigning and lobbying.