iSE | iSE Shortlisted for Birmingham Social Enterprise of the Year Award

We have had an amazing year, and we would like to thank everyone who nominated us for this award! Please take a moment to vote for us here.  Our highlights of 2017-2018 so far include:

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*Holding the biggest and best ever City Drive 2018, which saw 16 events across  Birmingham celebrating the great work of social enterprises in our city

*Hosting Birmingham’s Social Enterprise Festival with over 100 representatives from the social enterprise sector in attendance

*Supporting the start-up of 45 new social enterprises in Birmingham through our incubator programme the FUSE

*Placing Birmingham in the spotlight through achieving national recognition for Birmingham as a Social Enterprise City through Social Enterprise UK.

*Developing the private sector supply chain through work with wates, organising supply chain social enterprise tours across the country

*Delivering women’s enterprise awareness sessions to communities in Sparkbrook and providing women-only enterprise support and business space through our flagship Women’s Enterprise Hub

*Grassroots social enterprise development through the ERDF USE-IT project, supporting community action in Ladywood, Handsworth and Smethwick

*Increasing the number of visitors to our city through developing Social Enterprise Tourism. We’ve had visitors to the city from Brazil, India, Japan, and Norway, contributing to the growth of the local economy

*Creating employment for five new iSE team members

*Running social enterprise networks throughout the City including Digbeth and West Birmingham, providing the chance to collaborate.

*Speaking at the Social Enterprise World Forum and giving the opportunity to attend to a number of our FUSE start-ups

*Training and workshops to build the sector

*ERDF and ESF Technical Assistance to support access to funding

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We are continuing to work to build a stronger social enterprise economy in our city through our start up support and programmes and our work to support the growth of social enterprises in Birmingham.

Please take a moment to vote for us here!