WATES | Seeing Really Is Believing!

iSE is proud to be working with Wates Group on their ‘Seeing Is Believing‘ 2018 programme of social enterprise tours across the country. 

The Birmingham marketplace at the end of January proved a great success with over 12 social enterprises taking part!

This event was hosted at the Impact Hub Birmingham and co-facilitated by Sarah Crawley (CEO, iSE) in conjunction with a team from the Wates Group, including Angie Eardley (Community Investment Manager, Wates Living Space) and Rowenna Valintine (Customer Care & Senior Liaison Officer, Wates Living Space).

The Wates Group’s initiative to embed social enterprise into its supply chain is part of its commitment to Buy Social and Wates is a founding partner of the Corporate Challenge which encourages private sector organisations to commit to spending £1 billion with social enterprises by 2020.

Soc Ent Speakers Jan 2018 cropped Wates Roundtable Sarah cropped


So, we would like to thank all the social enterprises who were involved in the Birmingham ‘Seeing Is Believing’ marketplace…

iSE – organiser and social enterprise facilitator.

Impact Hub Birmingham – venue space and conference facilities.

Aidem Digital – photography.

Frank Water – branded water bottles.

Evolve at the Adam & Eve – lunch bags.


Jericho Foundation – reuse, recycling, laundry, gardening services.

Recycling Lives – waste management.

Commercial Foundation – print, office supplies, interior design, IT supplies.

Better Pathways – branded workwear, tablecloths, textiles, horticultural plants and services.

Argonaut Enterprises – cleaning and window cleaning.

Royal British Legion Industries – signs, mailing fulfilment, wooden pallets and boxes.

Health Exchange – health checks, staff health benefits.

Miss Macaroon – branded gifts and event catered macaroons.

Jericho Wates and Frank Water Bottles Jan 2018 cropped



If you would like to #BuySocial, please look at the national Buy Social Directory or contact us for more help to understand how your organisation can add further social value into your strategy, operations and supply chain, we’d love to hear from you.

Sarah Crawley, CEO