Social Enterprise Places

What are social enterprise places?

Social Enterprise Places are recognised hotspots of social enterprise activity, characterised by strong social enterprise communities working together to raise awareness and build the markets for social enterprise at a local and national level.


The Social Enterprise Places Programme is led by Social Enterprise UK and involves  social businesses, charities, the council, local leaders and communities.

Social Enterprise City & Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter

iSE having been working hard to put Digbeth and Birmingham on the map as recognised social enterprise places, and with the support of our partners, we’re delighted that Birmingham now has not one but TWO registered Social Enterprise Places – Digbeth’s Social Enterprise Quarter and Birmingham the Social Enterprise City!



Why Birmingham?

Birmingham has the largest contingent of social enterprises outside of London. Birmingham, like so many cities, faces multiple challenges from high levels of child poverty and youth unemployment to rising homelessness. Despite this, it is a city full of optimism and hope with a thriving social enterprise community dedicated to tackling these issues head on.

Birmingham is showing us what the future of business can look like and we encourage other towns, cities and counties across the country to follow its example.



Every year, social enterprise development organisation iSE curates a week long programme of events to showcase Birmingham as a social enterprise city. Check out this years’ highlights here


Visit us

iSE organises bespoke tours and visits to organisations working in the Digbeth’s Social Enterprise Quarter. We’ve had visitors from organisations, businesses and universities all over the world, including Japan, Brazil and India!

Why not come and learn how to develop a Social Enteprise Place and find out more about how it can help the growth of social business.

You can find out more here 


What’s next?

We want to hear your ideas on what you want your social enterprise city to look like. We want to know your priorities, needs, and how we can make the most of this opportunity for the organisations working here.

Please contact us to share your ideas.


Useful Documents

Birmingham Social Enterprise City Action Plan



Have a tour of the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter. Get in touch with iSE to arrange your visit.