Start a Social Enterprise

Social enterprise start-up Birmingham

iSE provides new-start social entrepreneurs and emerging social enterprises with support and development opportunities in Birmingham and beyond. From ‘pre-start’ awareness raising through to trade, our specialist social enterprise start-up services aim to create sustainable businesses that can generate profit to create change.

start-up social enterprise Birmingham

Social Enterprise Start-up Services

iSE is committed to the start-up of sustainable social ventures creating impact in communities. We currently have two routes for individuals and groups accessing start-up support. These are our fully-funded FUSE programme  and bespoke consultancy for a more tailored approach.

All our Business Consultants are SFEDI qualified which is the sector quality standard for high quality advice and support.



Route 1 – The FUSE Programme

Our FUSE programme is for near trade or at early-start stage social entrepreneurs or women-led businesses that want to fast-track their idea, grow networks, develop collaborative opportunities and develop sustainable businesses that create social impact. This programme is fully-funded and delivered in group-led sessions through practical masterclasses and peer support.

The next FUSE programme begins mid-September and shortlisting will take place in August.

Apply for the FUSE programme here

FUSE Social Enterprise Start-up


Route 2 – Bespoke Start-up Support

For more tailored and bespoke 1-1 business support, you can access our paid consultancy services where you will work with a dedicated adviser to develop your enterprise. This is well-suited to individuals who require something a little more bespoke, or if you are working as part of a group to start a social enterprise.

Contact us for a 30 minute consultation completely free!

Clients typically access:

- Pre-start social enterprise awareness workshops and information sessions

- Business planning including reviewing or writing of business plans

- Registration of Company Limited by Guarantee, CIC Limited by Guarantee or Shares

- Feasibility studies and options appraisals

- Finance including cash flowing, reviewing of funding applications, signposting to funding bodies, investment opportunities for business growth

- Income generation exploration

- Legal structures, board and governance

- Market analysis and research

- Marketing and Branding

- Mentoring

- Service and product development

- Stakeholder and customer consultations and analysis



Contact us to discuss your business support needs and get a proposal of support with costs, or call on 0121 771 1411.