Start a Social Enterprise

Social enterprise start-up Birmingham

iSE provides new-start social entrepreneurs with support and development opportunities to build sustainable social enterprises.


 Right now we are keen to support emerging social entrepreneurs who are bringing together communities and developing solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. We want to help individuals and groups with ideas that innovate and address the needs of people and communities as we emerge into our ‘new’ world.

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Social Enterprise Start-up Services

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.


FUSE programme


Route 1 – The FUSE Programme

FUSE Social Enterprise Start-Up Programme








Our FUSE programme is for near trade or at early-start stage social entrepreneurs and groups in the West Midlands that want to fast-track their idea, grow networks, develop collaborative opportunities and develop sustainable social businesses that create measurable impact.

This programme is fully-funded by the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) for health and well-being impact-led ideas and we ask for a £50 contribution from others.

The programme runs for 6 months and gives access to:

– Monthly masterclasses covering key elements of start-up

– 1-1 coaching

– Group action-learning

– Mentoring

– Peer support

-Access to opportunities, developing sector connections and networks


The July 2020 FUSE programme is open to applications now!

Focus for 2020 will be start up social enterprises in the health, social care and well-being field and in particular applicants that want to develop solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. Applicants will need to prove they have the makings of a sustainable social enterprise including income generation through trading rather than relying on grant funding.

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Applications close on the 20th of July and the programme will begin on the 29th of July 2020.

The programme has now been adapted to be delivered via virtual sessions using Zoom.  Participants are expected to attend six sessions over six months, the majority taking place on Wednesday evenings 6pm-8pm (exact time tbc). In addition, participants will be invited to participate in monthly action learning groups at a time to be agreed.

You can request an application form by email to

 In your application you will need to demonstrate:

-What your social enterprise will do

-Your strategy for sustainable income generation

- Your desire to be a CIC or a “social enterprise”

-How you will achieve social impact

 Good luck!

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Birmingham social enterprise support 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