Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter attracts new retailer

The Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter has just attracted a new retailer — Textiles by St Anne’s has just opened its first shop, with an official launch presided over by council leader Sir Albert Bore, no less.

The shop, in Alcester Street, Digbeth, is a new venture for Textiles by St Anne’s, which offers a bespoke textiles service to both contract and private customers. It already supplies prestige clients such as Aston Hall, Liberty of London, Paperchase and the Victoria and Albert Museum, but now local people  can also pop in for alterations, special gifts and custom-made orders.

Textiles by St Anne’s is affiliated to the mental health charity BITA Pathways and has been in operation for nearly 15 years. It supports adults with mental health difficulties.

The enterprise is also popular with with young designers — such as Abigail Borg [pictured] — keen to have their products made by an organisation which reinvests its profits in helping people who are disadvantaged in the job market.

Speaking at the launch, Sir Albert Bore [pictured] said, “It gives me great pleasure to be supporting this enterprise, which is doing such excellent work.  And I am delighted to see Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter flourishing, attracting new enterprises and creating new opportunities a year after I launched it.  Social Enterprise is making a significant contribution towards Birmingham’s economy.”

Congratulations to Textiles by St Anne’s, and to the DSEQ — happy first anniversary!

You can attend the DSEQ’s first anniversary bash at 23 Moseley Rd, Digbeth on Tuesday 16th December 2014 from 12.00 until 2pm. Festive grub included!

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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