Civil Economy

Macc's purpose is to encourage, support and develop voluntary and community groups and individuals to have a real influence over the places and communities in which they live.

Although Manchester has enjoyed solid economic success, it is clear that this success is not shared across all communities. We believe that the potential of the city's voluntary and community sector to contribute to a more inclusive, sustainable model of prosperity. During 2013 we worked with the respected think-do tank the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) to analyse and demonstrate how unleashing the power of its citizens and social groups could develop that approach as part of Manchester’s future.  We produced a report and a strategy entitled A Civil Economy for Manchester.

This report has ideas and practical recommendations which shows what we can do to make Manchester the most socially and economically inclusive city in the UK and Europe.  Manchester has a history of pioneering: it’s time for us to do that again. Manchester could lead the way in modelling a vibrant economy which recognises people, the environment and economic growth as equal factors.

The report and updates on our work in implementing its recommendations can be found at