iSE| Birmingham Social Enterprise City: How you can get involved

Did you know that outside of London, Birmingham has the greatest single concentration of social enterprises?

Building on our success in establishing the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, social enterprises in Birmingham have set their sights even higher and have now secured SEUK’s official recognition of Birmingham Social Enterprise City.

The action plan for Birmingham Social Enterprise City has four key aims:

(1) To ensure that Birmingham Social Enterprise City is widely acknowledged and widely understood amongst mainstream media, public and business community.

(2) To co-ordinate and increase support for social enterprise start-up and sector growth.

(3) To build a new alliance for social change and community benefit across the whole of the social economy — social enterprises, ethical businesses, trading third sector, social mission businesses and the private sector.

(4) To stimulate employment and training opportunities especially for young people in social enterprises in Birmingham.

Under iSE’s leadership a steering group has been set up but we are urgently seeking more active members and more active social enterprises that want to be part of driving forward Birmingham Social Enterprise City. 

Birmingham Social Enterprise City won’t happen just because we say it will. It must be a collective endeavour with as many social enterprises as possible making a contribution wherever they feel able.

Birmingham social enterprise

Here are some ways you and your enterprise could get involved:

– There will be rolling campaigns to promote Birmingham Social Enterprise City (Aim 1). Perhaps you and a group of like-minded enterprises can lead on an activity?

– Clusters of social enterprises will be encouraged to work collectively to focus outcomes and impact on specific social needs or problems (Aim 2). Perhaps you can take a lead in a cluster?

– The Birmingham Social Enterprise City steering group should form the basis for a much wider and more active and campaigning alliance for social change and community benefit (Aim 3). How? Who has vital new ideas for achieving this?

– There are plans to promote working in social enterprises — especially targeting young people (Aim 4). Perhaps this is core to your enterprise’s work and values and you can lead on an early campaign?

Download the action plan and have a look to see where your social enterprise can make a contribution.

Link to original article here. Republished with kind permission of Alun Severn @BSSEC. Written in collaboration with Sarah Crawley.