About Us

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iSE are social enterprise experts providing development opportunities for social enterprises, community organisations and not for profits in Birmingham and beyond.

We work with  individuals starting out as well as organisations seeking to expand their services.

Each year we start over 35 social enterprises and provide development support to many more.

We are continually developing fresh approaches to our work through extensive research and analysis, ensuring we are at the cutting edge of social enterprise thought. 

We wholeheartedly champion the sector as a different way of doing business. And although we’re based in Birmingham, we work on projects both nationally and internationally. We really do know social enterprise inside out.

Social Mission

“Social enterprise is here to stay and we are getting stronger because of great organisations like iSE.” Pat Bend, Textiles by St Anne’s.

iSE has a powerful social mission. We aim to create employment opportunities to people severely disadvantaged in the labour market. We do this by growing and sustaining social enterprises that create employment and provide benefit to some of our most disadvantaged communities.

How we do it

iSE is both strategic and operational, meaning we undertake extensive research into the needs and nature of the sector whilst also providing capacity building services, business support and sector-specific training. We work with a whole range of organisations and sectors from grass-roots community groups to national charities, community cafes, organisations working in health and social care, public sector spin-outs, co-operatives, women’s groups and individuals starting out.

Find out more about our complete range of  services and how we can help you.

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iSE Modern Slavery Panel 2017