GREAT NEWS! We were successful in our bid for RBS Inspiring Women in Enterprise grant funding.

A massive thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for us recently; we really appreciate your support.

Below is some brief information about the project.  We look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Flying Start

“The Flying Start project will fill a gap in existing business start-up provision in Birmingham, helping us to provide much-needed support by and for women.” - Elizabeth Barker, Business Consultant, iSE.

Flying Start will provide bespoke, non-traditional social enterprise start-up support to 30 women in Birmingham. Taking a unique approach, the project will focus on four elements; leadership, expertise, finance and networks. Managed by Sarah Crawley, CEO of iSE, and Elizabeth Barker, the programme will build confidence and empower local women to lead successful and sustainable social businesses.

Aimed predominantly at women living in inner-city Birmingham, the project will provide bespoke women-only support, helping to start 10 new women-led social enterprises. Through face-to-face and online workshops, there will be sessions on finance, markets, and business growth. The project will build participants’ confidence to establish and develop successful and sustainable social enterprises. The ongoing development of the social enterprises will be underpinned by monthly network meetings to stimulate inter-trading, peer-to-peer support and skill sharing.

By the end of the project the participating women will have the skills and confidence to start or continue their own social enterprise and will become part of a sustainable women’s social enterprise network in Birmingham offering female-only peer-to-peer support.

It is hoped that the Flying Start project will lead to an increased number of women in Birmingham realising their aspirations for self-employment, starting social enterprises, and accessing new opportunities through business networks.

“The support of RBS Inspiring Enterprise will not only allow us to raise awareness of starting a business, but will support more women to get into the sector and flourish, giving them the confidence to run successful social businesses” – Elizabeth Barker, Business Consultant, iSE.