iSE | Three New Ways to Buy Social in Brum

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Birmingham welcomes three new social enterprises to the Social Enterprise City, each providing simple yet radical solutions to make everyday transactions that little bit more meaningful.

Social enterprises are businesses that provide viable alternatives to the ways in which we chose to consume. Through Buying Social, you are spending your money with a business that gives back, reinvesting its profits to address society’s issues and challenges.

With a new generation much more driven by social purpose, social enterprise gives consumers a way of creating social or environmental benefit through the way they spend.

Here’s three of Birmingham’s newest social enterprises that are doing business for good:


Clean Kilo Bournville

Following the success of their Digbeth-based store, Jeanette and Tom have shed blood, sweat and tears to bring the people of Birmingham a second zero-waste supermarket. Situated in the leafy suburb of Bournville (a somewhat fitting choice given its philanthropic past) Clean Kilo Bournville provides a plastic-free shopping experience with products sourced as locally as possible to reduce food miles.



The model is ingeniously simple – customers bring their own containers to refill with food, cleaning products and toiletries, reducing product waste as well as the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill, beaches and our oceans.

By challenging food systems, the model has affected supply chains and the future of packaging. And by building relationships with local suppliers, many exchange containers, creating a circular economy.

We wish Tom and Jeanette every success with their new venture.

The Clean Kilo is open every day except Monday with late night opening on select days. 249 Maryvale Road, Bournville.

 clean kilo bournville

clean kilo bournville

Change Please

It’s official. The UK is now a nation of coffee lovers. Coffee drinkers spent more than £10bn on the beverage in Britain’s cafes last year – as a glance down any UK High Street will confirm. However with one in three coffee shops being chains, there’s always room for a social enterprise to stir things up.

Enter Change Please, the coffee company that rose to fame through their high-profile contract with Virgin Trains. Change Please takes the coffee shop model and turn it on its head, transforming an everyday transaction into something that can create real social impact.












Situated at We Work on Colmore Row, the coffee shop brews award-winning coffee and provides barista training and jobs for people experiencing homelessness and supports them with housing, bank accounts and mental well-being.

The perfect way for coffee connoisseurs to get their caffeine fix whilst also benefiting society.

Change Please Birmingham is for the moment only available to We Work members with plans for expansion soon.

 Change please Birmingham

Change please birmingham

The Good Intent

Imagine a world where your favourite tipple can also create social good.

The Good Intent, situated inside the Great Western Arcade is the first of its kind. It runs as a not-for-profit bar operated by Craddocks Brewery with profits going to charity. The bar was kick-started through online platform Crowdfunder where a total of over £18,000 was raised to complete the refurbishment of two vacant arcade units in the elegant Great Western Arcade. 



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So how does it work? the real-ale bar gives it surpluses to a chosen charity – currently Love Brum – rather than to shareholders, meaning that 100% of the profits go to supporting local good causes. Cheers to that.

Visit The Good Intent at 32-33 Great Western Arcade, City Centre, Birmingham
B2 5HU open every day.

For more information on the social enterprise sector in Birmingham or for support in starting or developing a more than profit business call us on 0121 771 1411 or email