iSE | Shortlisted for SEUK Award!

The iSE team were yesterday (23rd August) delighted to find out that we’ve been shortlisted for the SEUK Social Enterprise Awards 2021, recognising businesses which are transforming society.

These national Awards are all about celebrating the achievements of the UK’s social enterprise movement, showing us that another way of doing business is possible – one which has never been more important as we look to build back better and address the climate emergency.

iSE will be joining other shortlisted organisations at the prestigious awards ceremony held at London’s iconic Guildhall on 8 December.

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 SEUK Social Enterprise Awards

Here’s why we’ve been shortlisted for the ‘Buy Social’ category this year:

From March 2020 iSE worked grow the SEUK Buy Social initiative in the city of Birmingham, brokering routes to corporate supply chains for social enterprises. Although initially effected by the pandemic, we were able to adapt our business model to relationship build, make connections and run a series of online ‘Meet the Buyer’ events, training for buyers and online marketplaces.


Engaging business

Over project lifespan we successfully engaged with over 100 social enterprises to establish their capacity and capability to work with corporate clients, focussing on supplying to the construction and professional services sectors.

We developed relationships with projects relating to the The Alexander Stadium Redevelopment and HS2 to establish clear forward potential workstreams for relevant social enterprises. We have developed buyer relationships with a number of high-profile names including the Birmingham Anchor Institution Network, Birmingham City University, McLaughlin and Harvey, The Commonwealth Games, Gowling amongst others.

Market development

In November 2020 we ran a marketplace with 7 relevant social enterprises and 20 interested buyers. This involved introductions, explanation of social value and benefits of working with social enterprises. In March 2021 we ran a professional services Meet the Buyer / marketplace with a mixture of organisations and buyers. We led 2 specific training events aimed at the suppliers working on The Alexander Stadium Redevelopment for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.


Purchase power

Our work resulted in 64 direct introductions totalling nearly £2 million, with confirmed engagements totalling approximately 385k of new sector spend through supply chain opportunities and brokerage and 37 buyers trained directly and within 2nd tier supply chains trained on social procurement.

We are exceptionally proud of our achievements and consider that some of the wins are spectacular, allowing buyers and social enterprises to significantly build Social Value now and in the future.