iSE announces cancellation of City Drive 2020 events

Under iSE’s leadership and facilitation, City Drive has always been a collaborative event. Many social enterprises support it with activities and events, many contribute to its planning, and a substantial number of City Drive supporters help with generous sponsorship. After discussion with all of these stakeholders, iSE’s Sarah Crawley has just issued the following notice regarding the cancellation of City Drive 2020 events:

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Over the last week iSE CIC has been carefully considering our position as the facilitators of the annual City Drive week of social enterprise awareness-raising that had been planned for Monday 30th March to Saturday 4th April 2020.

Today the iSE team met with the express purpose of the cancellation of City Drive 2020 due to the threat posed by Covid-19. We feel strongly that we do not want to contribute towards the crisis that the NHS is now facing and that the efforts required for City Drive would be better diverted towards supporting business continuity for social enterprises in Birmingham and across the region.

iSE and the team would like to express our deep appreciation to all our sponsors, partners and speakers who have taken a collaborative, shared approach in this unique situation, and given their continued support for the ideal of City Drive and the leadership decision taken for this exceptional year.

Please feel free to contact us with your feedback and for any business support needed through the next weeks and we will endeavour to target resources and advise the sector.

There are continued guidance updates on COVID-19 here from both Government and Public Health England.

For any further information, please keep an eye on our website or email us.

Thank you,  Sarah Crawley

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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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