iSE | Virtual Social Enterprise Marketplace: Do you Want to Make a Social Impact with your Buying Activities?

Virtual Social Enterprise Marketplace Event, 4th March 2021, 9.30am – 90 minutes

Last year Birmingham Social Enterprise City won £20,000 of support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through the Postcode Innovation Trust. Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic it has been used to grow the social enterprise ecosystem in the area, bringing together the city’s social enterprises with other businesses and potential public sector buyers.


Birmingham is an accredited SEUK Social Enterprise Place, having been recognised as a hotspot of social enterprise activity. There are currently around 700 (and growing) Social Enterprises in Birmingham – businesses set up to trade for a social or environmental purpose and which re-invest the majority of their profits back into doing more good.

They are taking on some of the biggest issues we face from homelessness to the climate emergency and are helping create jobs and opportunities for people throughout Birmingham.












Social Enterprises can deliver a range of products and services from catering to cleaning, IT consultancy to IT Recycling, mental health services to mental health first aid.

The “Buy Social” programme builds on SEUK’s Buy Social Corporate Challenge which has seen 20 leading businesses, from PwC to Johnson & Johnson, open up their supply chains to social enterprises. The Regional Programme will seek to replicate the Corporate Challenge at a regional level, working with local businesses and public sector bodies to create new partnerships.












The Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs based in Digbeth is leading the “Buy Social” project in Birmingham, in the time that the project has been running there have been a number of virtual events, hundreds of thousands of pounds of opportunities introduced and over a hundred “work ready” social enterprises engaged with.

The new government Social Value Model as well as the need to incorporate Social Value within local government and publicly funded project outcomes, makes it imperative that Social Value is considered by all businesses, not only that it’s a good thing!

 The next event on 4th March 2021 is aimed specifically at professional services businesses in Birmingham and we would love you to take part, the Agenda will include:

– Setting the Social Value Scene

– Thoughts from a Buyer’s Perspective

– What is a Social Enterprise?

– “Speed Networking” session

The event is funded through the Peoples Postcode Lottery and is free to participants.

Previous feedback included – “I found the session very informative and felt there was a good flow to it, I think the zoom meeting and break out pods worked very well.”

 Places are limited to 20 “buyers” and need to be booked by 29th January by emailing


If you are unable to attend, but would like to find out more please call Tim please phone 0777 5882936 for an informal discussion about how I-SE can help with your Social Value and “Buying Social” aspirations.