USE IT | Soho Social Enterprises – FUSEd and Focused!

The first few months of any new business venture are often the hardest and starting your own social enterprise is no different. iSE has been working as part of the USE-IT! 3 year ERDF funded project to grow opportunities for both emerging social enterprises and supporting the growth plans of existing enterprises across the West Birmingham and Smethwick area over the past 12 months.

FUSE Social Enterprise Start-Up ProgrammeiSE’s FUSE programme is a business incubator designed to give social enterprises the kick start they need to make an impact straight away. FUSE takes business ideas from the earliest thought’s through to registration and trading working with local people to gain a range of essential business skills along the way.

The latest FUSE programme kicks off in mid-April with 14 local emerging social enterprises from across the City already signed up, many of these are based in the Soho, Smethwick and Ladywood localities or plan to trade or deliver services in these areas.

FUSE consists of seven sessions covering a range of topics including business planning, product/service development, marketing and social media, finance and funding and evidencing social value. Add peer support from other participants, the support of the SOHO social enterprise network and the offer of a Business Mentor into the equation and local social entrepreneurs have access to a proven package that gives them the best possible start.

The April programme is now full, but we can still offer business support and we are already advertising for the next FUSE programme that will kick off in the summer, keep an eye on our web pages and social media for details of awareness raising events in your area or contact Simon Veasey or Mariam Yate for more information.

Please feel free to contact me, or Mariam Yate, if you would like to know more about our FUSE Enterprise Start Up programme in Birmingham.

Simon Veasey

simon.veasey@i-se.co.uk | 0121 441 1711 | www.i-se.co.uk

This project is co-financed by the European Regional and Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative