iSE | Expanding Infrastructure Support in Saudi Arabia

As part of our commitment to growing Birmingham as a Social Enterprise City, we’ve been working to increase social enterprise tourism in Birmingham.

This month we have welcomed a group of visitors from Ghadan, a training and capacity building organisation based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The group wanted to discover more about social enterprise support structures in the UK with the aim of transferring leaning into Saudi Arabia to kick-start the social economy.






Social enterprise is considered an emerging phenomenon in Saudi Arabia, with several challenges to growth unique to the regional environment. There is, however, a growing number of innovators  throughout the region who are changing attitudes to entrepreneurship and working to develop a new generation of social enterprise leaders.



The iSE tailored visit programme involved local government, universities, finance institutions, infrastructure support and those working on the ground to deep-dive into the infrastructure and ecosystems needed to develop healthy alternative economies.



The group had many questions about business support, networks and the Social Enterprise City. During their time with us they visited makerspace STEAMhouse for insights into creative innovation, Jericho Recycling and Reuse, Aston Business School, ART business loans to learn more about social finance, and SEUK in London.



Thank you for visiting Birmingham the Social Enterprise City! If you would like us to run a tour for your group or organisation please call us on 0121 771 1411.