Launch of the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter

 

“Sometimes dreams become reality…”

Welcoming the official launch of the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter today (12th De 2013), Sir Albert Bore. leader of Birmingham City Council, pledged the authority’s continuing support for the initiative, saying, “Sometimes dreams become reality. But who would have thought that the meeting I had just a matter of months ago with Sarah Crawley — when she first suggested to me the idea of the Quarter — would be turned into reality in such a short time?”

Over 100 people thronged into the marketplace area in front of iSE and neighbouring Health Exchange to listen to the speeches of welcome, visit stalls, talk to social entrepreneurs, meet old and new friends and network.

Sarah Crawley with SEUK certificate recognising the Digbeth Social Enterprise Qtr

Sarah Crawley with SEUK certificate recognising the Digbeth Social Enterprise Qtr

“The marketplace has been such a success,” Sarah Crawley said, “and local social enterprises were so enthusiastic about the opportunity to sell their wares and showcase what they do, that we’re thinking of running the market every month. Watch out for more details.”

Helga Edstrom from the Office for Civil Society singled out women in the sector for particular praise: “Let’s hear it for the women, because they’re well represented in social enterprise and are responsible for driving forward many of the new initiatives that are helping to raise the profile of the sector.”

For the first time ever Birmingham had a social enterprise market — a social alternative to the well-established German Market.