iSE | CITYDRIVE2020 Event Listings

CITYDRIVE is Birmingham’s very own festival of social enterprise; a diverse programme of events raising awareness of the businesses tackling the pressing social and environmental issues of today.

This year we’re focusing on the issues that matter, looking at how the sector can collaborate to provide innovative solutions to challenges like the climate crisis through to improving services in health and social care.







Those that are new to social enterprise can discover more about business for good through our photography exhibition, bike tours, volunteering and awareness raising workshops and events.


Download the full CITYDRIVE programme.


We hope you will get involved with celebrating our Social Enterprise City!


 Monday 30th March

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Innovation in Health and Social Care Micro Conference and Marketplace 

The Old LibraryZellig, Gibb St, Digbeth, B9 4AT 12.30pm-4.00pm

We bring you an influential panel of experts, health professionals and commissioners to share current market opportunities, new innovations and practical expertise.

Social enterprises are invited to take part in a marketplace to showcase their goods and services, explore partnerships, discover new business opportunities and access social investment.

With pop-up speakers, interactive demonstrations and platforms for collaboration, it’s an event not to be missed for those in the health and social care sector.  

To book email  



Photography Exhibition Awards Ceremony 

The Good Intent32-33 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU 6.00pm-9pm 

In the run up to CITYDRIVE2020 we invited individuals to capture ‘social enterprise in action’ for a photography competition creating an exhibition of social good in central Birmingham.  

Join us to launch the week and celebrate the impact of social enterprises in our city.  We’ll be awarding our competition winners and providing social enterprise-supplied drinks and light refreshments. 

View the winning images together with shortlisted entries in the Great Western Arcade and Grand Central Station (tbc) all week.  

With thanks to Unity Trust Bank for supporting this event. 

Book here

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Tuesday 31st March

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Being a Social Enterprise Place 

The Warehouse Café54-57 Allison St, Digbeth, B5  5TH 9.30am-11.30am 

Social Enterprise Places are national hot spots where social businesses thrive. From villages to entire cities, there are currently 30 Social Enterprise Places in the UK including Digbeth (one of the very first Social Enterprise Places in 2013!) and the city of Birmingham 

Discover more about growing social enterprise communities and becoming a social enterprise ‘Place’. Learn the benefits of being a Place and how they work. Hear from Birmingham as well as Plymouth and Hackney. 

Definitely not to be missed!

To book email



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Social Enterprise Solutions for the Environment: Hackathon  

Edgbaston Park Hotel53 Edgbaston Park Rd, B15 2RS 12.30pm-5pm

We are facing a climate emergency. Social enterprises have a proven track record of creating social and economic change; how can the sector collaborate and innovate to help address the environmental challenges we face? 

Michael Addison from ‘Eco Birmingham‘ and Charlotte Watkins of ‘A Zero Waste Lifewill be contributing to an action-led hack as we explore ideas and craft collaborative social enterprise solutions for a more sustainable future. 

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The Co-operative Bike Ride 

The Co-operative Bike Ride 

Meeting in Stirchley, 1pm-4pm

Join Co-operatives West Midlands on a guided bike ride of the Rea Valley cycle route and visit the many worker-led co-operatives along the way.

Discover how cycling in the city is evolving. Explore the social and environmental benefits of travelling by bike. Connect with the social enterprises that can help you switch to two wheels. 

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Schools in Action: Understanding the Value of Social Enterprise in Schools  

Room 121 Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT 9.30-11.30am

 In 2019, iSE delivered a pilot project in six of Birmingham’s primary schools, providing teachers and children with the inspiration, opportunity and support to develop creative social enterprise solutions to real-world challenges.

At this informative session discover how social enterprise can benefit schools and their local community. Learn about the experiences of the schools involved in the pilot and hear directly from some of the amazing children (and their teachers!) involved in this pioneering project. 

To book email  




Wednesday 1st April

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Start-up Workshop: Is Social Enterprise the Solution?  

Moseley Community Development Trust, Moseley Exchange,Post Office Building, 149-153 Alcester Rd, Moseley, B13 8JP 7pm-9pm

iSE presents an interactive evening of learning and round-table discussion facilitated by new-start social entrepreneurs. We tackle current issues and take a deep-dive into key topics to consider whether a business for good model is a viable solution. 

iSE CIC, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Moseley CDT and Birmingham Community Matters will all be on hand to answer questions. A great opportunity to find out about social enterprise.

To register contact 


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Buy Social Breakfast  

Buy Social Breakfast  

Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH  8.30am – 10.30am

Buying social is about using spending power, as an individual or organisation, to create a positive impact on communities and the world.   

When you buy from a social enterprise you are choosing to spend your money with a business that is giving something back.

Start your day the right way! Come along for breakfast to hear about the social enterprises supplying corporates, local businesses and local people in Birmingham – and how you can be part of the Buy Social revolution

To book email   

Thursday 2nd April

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Birmingham Porridge Microfund 

Soho Community HallChapel St, B21 0PA 9:30am – 11:30am

Community groups and social enterprises in Birmingham and Smethwick – pitch your creative social enterprise solution for the chance to win a £500 prize! Apply for a pitch or simply come along to find out about local projects and vote for your favourite. The social enterprise that gets the most audience votes takes home the prize.   

A great way to raise moneyconnect with fellow social entrepreneurs, meet new supporters and learn about local community initiatives.  

Kindly supported by Aston Reinvestment Trust (ART).   

 To register attendance or request an application to pitch contact 

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Fix and Feast

Worth Enterprise Hub / Gear Up,  144 Bromford Drive, Birmingham B36 8TY 9.30am-12.30pm

Come and experience Gear Up, inspiring hope, one bike at a time. Their ‘fix and feast’ sessions are an opportunity to come and learn how to fix your bike and eat cake!

You’ll hear the story of the young man who founded Gear Up, now mentoring other young people to transform their lives. A free event, but you’ll need to pay for any bike parts you may need. Gear Up supports the wider work of charity, Worth Unlimited.

To book email Jane Barrett Smith or Dan



Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter Walk

Meeting at iSE, Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ 1.30pm – 4.00pm

A unique opportunity to get ‘behind the scenes’ of local social enterprises and explore the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter. Learn about the social impact Digbeth’s social enterprises make while delivering their goods and services to commissioners, contracts and customers.  

£10 contribution, book here


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Big Issue Vendor Experience 


You’ve seen vendors selling the Big Issue magazine all over Birmingham; perhaps you buy the Big Issue and chat to your local seller, but have you ever stopped to think about what goes on behind the scenes?

CITYDRIVE2020 is partnering with the team at the Big Issue to give 10 people a unique vendor experience. See what life is like in the busy distribution office before venturing out onto the street to try your hand at selling.

£20 charge which goes directly to Big Issue Vendors. 

To register contact 



Listen Threads

Worth Enterprise Hub / Gear Up,  144 Bromford Drive, Birmingham B36 8TY 1.30pm-3pm

Come and experience Listen Threads, inspiring hope through fashion. Listen Threads is small fashion enterprise set up and run by young women from the Firs and Bromford Estate. Come and hear their stories, and make a motivational T-shirt.

To book email Jane Barrett or Dan



Volunteer in Social Enterprise: Can Local Problems be Unlocked Through Social Action?  

Artefact, 1464 Pershore Road, Stirchley, B30 2NT 7pm-9pm 

How can communities can use their existing skills for social good?

iSE hosts an evening of neighbourhood-led social action; an event for those who want to explore opportunities to be involved in catalysing positive change.

Be inspired by the things that matter to you. Find out how social enterprise provides practical solutions to pressing social and environmental issues. Hear about the local projects that are seeking volunteers, changemakers and activists. Explore how to start a social enterprise.  

Book here 



Supper and Conversations: Join 2019 SEUK Awards Shortlisted Social Entrepreneurs  

The Warehouse Cafe, Allison Street, Digbeth 6pm –9pm  

Join leaders of national award-winning social enterprises for a unique evening of inspiring conversation over a delicious vegetarian supper!

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about their experiences at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Ethiopia and find out what life is like running an award-winning social enterprise. 

Sponsored by the British Council who provided a bursary to support travel to Ethiopia for the Social Enterprise World Forum 2019.  

Email us to enquire about this #CD2020 evening 

*Please note there is a £10 p/person contribution towards refreshments for this event.




Friday 3rd April 

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The Social Enterprise Conference: Start, Grow, Scale and Succession   

BVSC, High Street, Digbeth 9.30am-2.30pm

Hear from diverse social entrepreneurs describing their business journey from start-up to succession. Find out their experiences of maximising social value, navigating business challenges and running successful social enterprises!

A conference you can’t afford to miss!  

Kindly sponsored by BVSC, Birmingham & Solihull Social Economy Consortium (BSSEC), Anthony Collins Solicitors, The School for Social Entrepreneurs, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) and Big Society Capital. This conference is for social entrepreneurs, changemakers, investors, leaders, new start-ups and those serious about using social enterprise to create impact. There will also be action-led breakout sessions and an interactive marketplace!  

Our presenting social entrepreneurs include:  

Café Direct, WildHeartsFeed My Creative CICHeidi Fisher MBE, Belu Water and Roots HR CIC.   

There will also be workshops focusing on growth from Anthony Collins Solitcitors and School for Social Entrepreneurs and  marketplace featuring a range of innovative social businesses including Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works who will provide a fabulous stitching activity for delegates  

Conference attendance is £25 per ticket including lunch.

Book here




Saturday 4th April


Worth Enterprise Hub / Gear Up,  144 Bromford Drive, Birmingham B36 8TY Meeting 9am

Ride out into the beautiful Warwickshire countryside with our friendly community cycling club, ending back at the shop for coffee, cake and the chance to hear some of the story of Gear Up, investing in young people using cycling. Riders of all speeds and abilities welcome. Gear Up rides can also be found on Strava.

To book email Jane Barrett or Dan