Nominations for social enterprise rep to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull European Structural & Investment Funds Committee

Please note that in order to nominate you should be from an organisation based in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP area, as seen above

This,  just in from The Digbeth Trust, which has offered to co-ordinate the nominations process…

Nominations for social enterprise rep to the Greater Birmingham & Solihull European Structural & Investment Funds Committee

The government has outlined new plans for how Local Enterprise Partnerships must set up sub-committees responsible for the management of EU funds. The voluntary sector and social enterprises are to have two places on this sub-committee — one for the VCS and one for the social enterprise sector.

Please note that colleagues are undertaking a separate exercise for the VCS rep. This post concerns only the social enterprise representative. If you are able to alert other known social enterprise contacts, networks or umbrella groups elsewhere in the GBSLEP area please do so. Thank you.

Please see the  invitation from Andy Street, chair of Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (GBSLEP). We have to submit a nomination and named substitutes by noon next Thursday 18th September 2014.

Earlier today (11/09/14) the GBSLEP Third Sector/Social Enterprise Sub Group meeting agreed a way to respond to this opportunity – given the time constraints.

Tony Clabby, CEO of The Digbeth Trust and Sarah Crawley, CEO of Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (i-SE) have offered to act as the main representative and substitute respectively but they are not precious about this and will support anyone who feels they are better placed to act in this capacity.

If you wish to be considered, please send a very brief synopsis listing your skills, experience and ability to connect with the sector. Please respond by sending mail to info<at>digbethtrust<dot>org<dot>uk by Monday 15th September. The sub group will then select the best candidates.

If you are happy with Tony & Sarah acting as the sectors representatives then your endorsement would be appreciated. Silence is taken to mean consent.

Many thanks in advance for your co-operation in what I fully appreciate is not an ideal process but is the best we could do within the time constraints.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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