Published to mark Birmingham’s first week-long City Drive social enterprise festival, Tales of social enterprise tells the stories of six social entrepreneurs whose businesses operate in the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter.
City Drive — which runs from the 20th-24th April inclusive — is about raising the profile of social enterprise in Birmingham. We want to get more people thinking about how they can support social enterprise — by buying from, volunteering with, working for, volunteering to help, investing in or even starting a social enterprise.
For anyone curious about the real-life experience of starting, growing and sustaining a social enterprise — what makes people do it and how do they go about it? — Tales of social enterprise will be a fascinating read.
The booklet was researched and written by Sally Edwards of Spot On Marketing CIC.
Do have a look at the City Drive programme of events — there are over twenty events at various times and venues throughout the week. They’re all free. The themes for the week are:
- Monday: Telling the story of the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter.
- Tuesday: Social enterprises in supply chains.
- Wednesday: Involving young people in social enterprise.
- Thursday: Social change and social enterprise.
- Friday: Birmingham — a social enterprise city.
UPDATE 21/04/15: Sally Edwards, who masterminded this publication, has asked me to add the following. Some little while back contributions were invited from social entrepreneurs willing to be case studies in a larger new book showcasing social enterprises in Birmingham and beyond. Over 50 enterprises sent expressions of interest.
There is therefore clearly the potential for a much more substantial publication and Sally still intends to pursue that. The work involved will be significant, however, and so this is now planned for August/September 2015. We’ll update with further information as it becomes available.