GMCA Foundational Economy Research Recruitment



  • We are currently recruiting people who either run a business or work in a business in Social Care, Early Years, Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors
  • Those participating in the research will attend an online focus group (one hour)
  • Each person participating will receive £40 shopping voucher
  • Focus groups will be held w/c 10 Jan and w/c 17 Jan 2022


Please click here to register your interest



As you may be aware, the GMCA is currently in the process of developing a programme of activity to support Greater Manchester’s Foundational Economy. This is the area of the economy that supplies everyday, essential goods and services needed for social and economic functioning and wellbeing.


The Foundational Economy hasn’t historically been a big focus of economic policy from either local or national actors. This means we don’t have enough tools to support it and we know less about what works. The GMCA is currently looking at where it is possible to align existing business support and skills activity to support the Foundational Economy, as well as what new activity might be required, such as new tools for innovation and capacity building.


We are keen to learn about the issues affecting businesses and self-employed people in the Foundational Economy and the people working in it, initially focusing on Social Care and Early Years, Retail, and the Hospitality and Leisure sectors. We want to know more about what support or networks are currently available to help address these challenges and to develop businesses and careers, and where there might be gaps in this support. We also want to know more about how innovation is being enabled in this part of the economy and whether there are certain ‘challenges’ or missions that need concerted action and would benefit from coordination responses across Greater Manchester.


To do this, the GMCA is undertaking a short piece of research activity. We are looking to engage those who both run a business and work in a businesses in the sectors outlined above to participate in a one-hour focus group session to help us design the right policies and support.


Enventure Research is leading this activity and have asked us to engage our networks to ensure we reach the right people. They have created an online form for people to register their interest in taking part in the research. We would really appreciate it if you could share this with your networks and anybody you might think would be interested in participating in this research project!


Any queries, please email


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