iSE | Social Enterprise Drive 2022 Round-up

Social Enterprise Drive 2022 was a festival of social enterprise for Birmingham and beyond – a packed week of exhibitions, talks, seminars, marketplaces, and networks to connect and grow the social enterprise sector in the West Midlands. 

We’re grateful to the social enterprise community for coming out in force in support of the week, and to our event supporters and sponsors for helping make it happen.

Events took place in venues across the city – as well as online – here are our Social Enterprise Drive 2022 ‘in person’ highlights….

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The Social Enterprise Drive week kicked off with the launch of SE TV, an exciting new online channel for fast-paced social enterprise action. Check out the pilot ep here….

Entrepreneur and social enterprise supporter Melody Hossaini founder of InspirEngage joined our network of women at the WISEBRUM Social Enterprise Drive special.

Melody in full flow at our supportive network of women in social enterprise on Monday.

Our exhibition of Social Enterprise Resilience was at the historic Moseley Road Baths throughout the week, highlighting the impact businesses striving for change.

The public were invited to take a torch and shine a spotlight on social enterprise inside the exhibition at the fascinating Women’s Slipper Baths.

Our Eco Brunch on Tuesday was at the new Witton Lakes Eco Hub,  we enjoyed an insightful tour and a friendly social enterprise networking brunch. 

Conversations on steps to reduce carbon emissions with guest speaker Will Broad from the GBSLEP low carbon team.

On Wednesday Social Enterprise Drive took over Touchwood Solihull in a hubbub of social enterprise activity. 

Our stall holders spread the Buy Social and Shop for Change message, showcasing their products and services in this central shopping and leisure complex.

An energising day connecting with shoppers and raising awareness of social enterprise.

The stallholders at our Touchwood social enterprise takeover in action.

iSE CEO Cathy Brown and event organiser iSE’s Simon Veasey at the community market.

Our friends The Pump held an open house, inviting the sector to visit their creative spaces and see what they have on offer for young people form their Kitts Green hub.

On Wednesday evening it was over to social enterprise coffee shop Evolve for the Start-up Talks for problem-solving and peer support.

Fantastic connection and synergy in the room at our Start-up event.

Exhibition number two was set up at Gowling WLG based at Two Snow Hill, showcasing social impact organisations to businesses in this city centre hub.

Images from the exhibition on display at Two Snow Hill alongside impact stories.

On Thursday we headed to The University of Birmingham’s prestigious Exchange building for our Pitch Social, where six brave social entrepreneurs pitched live for a £500 prize.

We heard from an array of inspiring speakers about their new projects for social change.

Each of our pitchees had five minutes to share their ideas and win the audience vote.

Our Pitch Social runners up Open Dorz CIC were awarded £250 to help the set-up of a youth club in Bartley Green.

Daniel from Hands of Infinity impressed the audience and won the £500 prize to support his project deterring young people form crime and violence.

Friday saw our Wellness Fest with over 120 visitors coming to Soho House Museum to connect with health and wellbeing organisations in the city.

An array of health and wellbeing organisations exhibited in the market hall, offering services and support.

The Wellness Fest at Soho House Museum in full flow with wellbeing activities in the 18th Century garden at Soho House.

Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after yoga in the garden.

Last but not least…wrapping up Social Enterprise Drive 2022 with music and soul food at The Good Intent, Birmingham’s only not for profit pub.

Our final exhibition of social impact on display for the evening.


Enjoying Soul Food by Karma Eats.


Catching up with old friends and celebrating the end of a very busy week!

With thanks to our Social Enterprise Drive supporters and sponsors for making the week happen.

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