Did you know that Birmingham has a new range of services to help women start businesses?

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In the current climate of austerity and public spending cuts it is something of an achievement to offer a new — and expanding — range of services aimed at helping women start their own businesses.

The Women & Enterprise programme offers free business support to Birmingham-based women who want to start their own businesses.

Currently, the programme is being delivered by iSE, a long time champion of women and enterprise.

iSE has a one-year contract from Birmingham City Council to refurbish and develop an exclusive space for women entrepreneurs within an existing enterprise centre (Southside Business Centre in Sparkbrook), which is owned by the council.

The Women’s Enterprise Hub will open later this year but in the meantime a varied programme of support is being offered by the programme and its partners, including workshops, masterclasses, events and one-to-one sessions for start-up or growth of existing women-led businesses.

You can find out about forthcoming events here.

You can contact the Women & Enterprise team on 0121 663 1711 or send mail.

“Giving women the freedom to work can transform a family’s living standards and for many women enterprise is a great way forward. But a lack of start-up spaces, skills and childcare can hold them back.” — Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council


Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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