Just launched, the USE IT! social entrepreneurs programme is an exciting and innovative three-year scheme to create a new ‘place-based’ community of social entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals who want to help tackle poverty and social isolation in their local neighbourhoods across West Birmingham and Sandwell.
The programme has been specifically developed to support participating entrepreneurs and enterprises to solve local social and economic issues, enable skills development and open up new markets for the ethically-based goods and services they deliver. As an outcome of the capacity-building and knowledge sharing delivered through the programme, USE IT! participants will create employment opportunities and improve social and health outcomes for individuals.
There is a key focus on social enterprises, community-rooted entrepreneurs and social producers trading in areas such as education, food and catering, health, technology and tourism.
The programme is delivered by iSE, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, University of Birmingham, Health Exchange CIC, Co-op Futures, Localise WM, Citizen Coaching CIC and Smethwick Can, and has been facilitated by Birmingham City Council.
If you are an existing or new-start social enterprise with plans to help tackle disadvantage in West Birmingham and Sandwell, USE IT! wants to hear from you.