We’re very pleased to publish our sixth annual report covering the financial year 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018.
We have continued to support and promote City Drive, annual celebration of social enterprise in Birmingham, which has gone from strength to strength, thanks largely to iSE’s efforts and the time and energy its many participating social enterprises and supporters put into the week-long series of events.
During late-2017/early-2018 we were also successful in securing a second Awards for All grant which we have been using to help promote the work of newer, younger social enterprises.
We have also continued our work on social value, for which we gratefully acknowledge the financial support of The Barrow Cadbury Trust.
Membership has increased from eighteen to nineteen with the addition of recovery charity Changes UK, which is making considerable use of user-led social enterprise formation in its programmes.
The wider operating climate continues to be extremely difficult for many social enterprises, as it does for businesses generally, but we continue to be impressed by the vigour and optimism we see in the sector. The appetite for social enterprise – for trying to do things differently, for trading with a social purpose – is not diminished in Birmingham and Solihull.