When we began the first city-wide baseline survey of social enterprise in Birmingham, as part of building a more robust evidence-base for Social Enterprise City plans, we promised a free prize draw, with an Apple iPad as the first prize, and a second prize of a backpack from social enterprise Madlug, which for every bag purchased donates another to a child in care.
We’re delighted to announce that the prize draw has taken place and we have two very deserving winners — both social enterprises founded by women, led by women, and which specialise in working with vulnerable women.
The winner of the first prize, an Apple iPad, is Jane Strand, the founder of Wild Oyster CIC, which began trading just three years ago. The enterprise works with women and organisations and employability support, advice and guidance, health and wellbeing, mentoring, tenancy support, supported housing for women, as well as a range of social impact consultancy services.
The winner of the second prize, a Madlug bag, is Marcia Lewinson, the founder and CEO of WAITS — Women Acting in Today’s Society. Marcia has been involved with WAITS since its inception in 1992. WAITS provides critical services for women who need help and support in order to make positive changes in their lives.
Congratulations to both of them.
We would also like to thank all the social enterprises that made time to complete the survey thus helping to significantly improve the evidence-base for the sector’s social and economic contribution.