iSE amongst West Mids winners of NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund 2017 awards

iSE has just announced that it is amongst the West Midlands winners of the NatWest Skills & Opportunities Fund 2017 awards.

The project, ‘Enterprising Skills for Women’ will provide support for 20 women-led enterprises, encourage 60 start-ups and enable 100 women to access business skills courses. The project is designed to tackle the social isolation and economic deprivation many women Birmingham experience.

Sarah Crawley,  iSE’s chief exec, has long championed women’s enterprise. “This new programme,” she says, “will benefit women across Birmingham who have the talent and capacity to start enterprises in their own communities but currently lack the business skills.”

Sarah Crawley thanks voters

“Just today,” she continued, “the British Council has published Activist to Entrepreneur, a report about the role that social enterprise plays in supporting women’s empowerment. And yet statistics still indicate that up to 350 million women world-wide are living in poverty. We want to help women start and manage sustainable, transformational enterprises — and that’s what this project will do.”

This funding will extend the work delivered by iSE as part of the Women’s Enterprise Hub and its FUSE programme.

Congratulations, iSE!

Read more about the project here.

To learn more about the project and find out how to get involved send mail to Mariam Yate.


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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