Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter celebrates first anniversary

Further to the news that the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter has just attracted a new retailer — Textiles by St Anne’s — it has also just celebrated its first anniversary.

It is a year since Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, launched Digbeth as Birmingham’s Social Enterprise Quarter and to mark the occasion iSE hosted another first for the Quarter – a Social Enterprise Trade Fair.

Sarah Crawley, chief exec of iSE and initiator of the Quarter, said how delighted she was with what had been achieved in the past year “with a little funding, a lot of goodwill and a lot of volunteer support.”

Achievements in the past year include:

  • Completion of a baseline survey mapping the social enterprises in Digbeth and their contribution to the local economy.
  • Production of a strategic plan for supporting the social, environmental and economic revival of Digbeth.
  • Regular Social Enterprise Walks, allowing anyone interested to visit a selection of social enterprises in Digbeth, have a guided tour and learn more at first hand.
  • Quarterly Social Enterprise Markets.
  • The creation of work experience, internships, volunteering and job opportunities for students and the long term unemployed.
  • Closer working relationships amongst enterprises in and outside of DigbethThe Digbeth through continuing activity of the Highgate and Cheapside Social Enterprise Network.


Exhibitors at the event included Change Kitchen, Citizen Click, Birmingham Counselling Services, Irish Welfare Information Centre, RnR, Spot On Marketing & Communications, Edible Eastside, iSE, Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, Cloudberry, Frost & Snow, Craftspace representing Shelanu Women, The European Migrant Information Hub, BITA Pathways’ Park Lane garden centre and Textiles by St Anne’s and Health Exchange.

Congratulations to everyone involved.


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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