iSE CIC talks Social Enterprise Growth and Collaboration
7th April 2022
“It’s collaborative, not competitive.”
Cathy Brown, CEO of Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs CIC (iSE CIC), discusses why intermediaries need to look past their competitiveness and collaborate to help emerging social enterprises more effectively.
At the recent Social Procurement Festival facilitated by SupplyChange, Birmingham-based iSE CIC CEO, Cathy Brown, was an invited panellist on the Power of Intermediaries – collaborating to support the social impact sector session. The panel summarised that working together and the role intermediaries (social enterprise support organisations) play could be a key success factor to the social enterprise sector, its impact and enterprise sustainability, scale and growth.
Networking, knowledge sharing, access to continued learning, incubator programmes, place-based clusters and peer-to-peer support are all activities that capacity-build social entrepreneurs and their enterprises.
‘Going it alone’, as many start ups do, can be a tough call and developing eco-systems for growth is the platform that underpins the BSSEC social economy activity to support the West Midlands Combined Authority 10 year plan.