iSE | Round Up of City Drive 2018
Our fifth edition of City Drive saw 16 events take place right across the city showcasing Birmingham’s finest Social Entrepreneurs!
Here are some of our highlights:
Art in the City
The week kicked off at The Arches Project with their Art in the City exhibition, exhibiting local artists including eco-friendly textile and soft furnishings designer Giovanna Esposito and Aston Walker the inventor of a portable solar panelled water steriliser!
New Start Stories
A little later we headed over to Evolve Café for an after-work social and roundtable for young, newer social enterprises. Curated by Alun Severn from BSSEC and our very own Sarah Crawley; iSE CEO, the afternoon was packed full of inspirational stories with no boundaries or hidden agendas!
Find your Finance and Banking
Day two saw our HQ in Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter packed full of participants for our Find your Finance and Banking. Conversation was flowing and smiles a plenty as we heard from our inspirational speakers including Andy King from ART Business Loans, Grace England; Social Investment Manager from Resonance, and Richard Rose; Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Unity Trust.
Divine Chocolate Masterclass
A little later that day we headed down to Impact Hub for our Divine Chocolate Masterclass where the competition was tough as eight bakers competed for the top spot! Amongst the sweet spongy goodness we also heard from Caroline Miller CEO of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Ruby’s Bakery made the winning bake with this delicious three-tier spongy extravaganza! Ruby is now taking orders and you can get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post judging, everything went to local homeless choir, Choir with No Name to keep them going through their Birmingham rehearsal.
Mikro Fund Your Social Enterprise
Social Enterprise Stories
Running adjacently was our special City Drive edition of the Soho Social Enterprise Network. Conversation was a plenty and we were left with lots of food for thought from speakers, Janet Grey of Feed my Creative, Zehir Kadir of Birmingham Impact Football Hub and Saima Razzaq of Boatel Birmingham.
Pop Up and Pop In
Thursday saw our spectacular Pop Up and Pop In takeover alongside Miss Macaroon! Here’s Miss Macaroon herself; Rosie Ginday, receiving some good news:
The event attracted several inspiring speakers from the region including Andy Street; Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority.
Change Kitchen were also on hand offering delicious vegan lunches and vegan sushi rolling workshops that went down a storm!
And of course there were macaroons! So many delicious macaroons!
Social Enterprise Festival
Friday brought with it our penultimate event, our prestigious Social Enterprise Festival at Birmingham Council House! With over 50 Social Enterprises exhibiting and over 200 festival attendees, this marked the largest celebration of Social Enterprise in the West Midlands to date!
Here’s Sarah Crawley presenting Councillor Tony Kennedy and Jennie Assersohn; Community Investment Manager for Wates, with our biodegradable seeded paper.
Shelanu had an action packed stand where festival goers got to make, press and engrave bespoke jewellery.
And finally… the moment Sarah Crawley announced Birmingham as an accredited Social Enterprise City!
Happy City Drive everyone! We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.