Our Digbeth Social Enterprise Hub

Social enterprise Digbeth Birmingham Support 

Welcome to the Digbeth Social Enterprise Hub, iSE’s ‘control centre’ based in the heart of the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter (DSEQ). Here you’ll find the epicentre of our varied social enterprise development services with access to meeting space, hotdesking and specialist social enterprise support.

Digbeth social enterprise quarter

Why Digbeth?

Digbeth is a vibrant and creative part of Birmingham within walking distance of the city centre and its main transport hubs. The Digbeth area can be considered the birthplace of the modern industrial city of Birmingham – the area close to the River Rea was chosen as the site of a market, which was the starting point for the growth of the city of Birmingham.

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Social enterprise in Digbeth

Digbeth has also been home to significant groups of migrant workers creating Polish, Italian and Irish communities.  It has always been a vibrant place – teaming with enterprise, industry and diverse groups of people.

Today the area is particularly known for being home to the Irish community and the creative industries, but it is also currently developing a reputation for nurturing social enterprise and is officially now a Social Enteprise Place.

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Be part of the DSEQ community

At our Digbeth Social Enterprise Hub you can access our full programme of social enterprise development services and activities from the heart of the social enterprise quarter. Rent a desk, book meeting space and access services including:

 – Place-based social enterprise start-up programmes 

 – Community Interest Company (CIC) registration services

Consultancy services for existing social enterprises and charities seeking to grow and develop their services

- Skills-building for individuals working in the social enterprise sector

- Organisational support and capacity-building for social enterprises

- Setting up partnerships, networks and consortia, which increase the trading potential of social enterprises

- Encouraging inter-trading between social enterprises through our place-based networks

- Supporting Community Asset Transfer activity including feasibility and option studies, and partnership development within local communities

Developing supply chains through encouraging the commercial sector to work with and support social enterprises to fulfil the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) obligations.

- Encouraging the general public to buy from social enterprises, to show their support for ethical trading through our annual festival CITYDRIVE

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-Assistance with interpretation and implementation of new policies, e.g the Social Value Act

- Knowledge-sharing about what specialist support and funding is available to social enterprises and how to access it

- Lobbying politicians, funders and other influencers, acting as sector champion

- Educating people of all kinds about the nature and value of social enterprise

         -Links to other organisations in the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter

-Tours and visits of the Digbeth Social  Enterprise Quarter to facilitate learning  on Social Enterprise Places

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 For more information and to visit the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter contact us.