We are very pleased to publish our seventh annual report.
There has been excellent news in the 2018/19 financial year, but there was awful news too.
First, the good news. In April 2018 it was confirmed that Birmingham’s application to be recognised as a ‘social enterprise city’ under SEUK’s ‘social enterprise places’ scheme had been successful. This huge step forward, ushering in a new period of development for the sector in Birmingham, is largely down to the immense efforts of Sarah Crawley and her team at ISE.
We have also seen significant progress in working with new partners and stakeholders — such as the West Midlands Combined Authority — to advance the cause of social enterprise.
And we have been able to increase the time and efforts we can dedicate to some of our core work — including working as part of a social economy task force established by West Midlands Combined Authority — thanks to continuing support from The Barrow Cadbury Trust, which we grateful acknowledge.
And now the bad news. On the 7th March 2019 our friend, colleague and co-Director Mark Ellerby collapsed and died suddenly. We and many others in the social enterprise sector miss him dreadfully and we wish to record here our lasting gratitude for his contribution to BSSEC and to the wider sector. Mark was an accomplished social entrepreneur, of course, but he was also a dear friend and it still doesn’t seem entirely believable that he has gone.