iSE social enterprise networking event attracts new faces and new business

iSE is celebrating the success of its second networking event held at Eastside Cafe in the heart of the Social Enterprise Zone of Digbeth on Thursday 7 July 2011, from 4-6pm.

Everyone commented on how great it was to meet new faces and make new contacts — a number even got some new business!

We showcased our ever growing Shop for Change directory for those who had not yet joined and our new range of social enterprise support services, including the intensive social enterprise boot camp.

The relaxed, informal setting of the Cafe went down a treat as did their fab food!

The next event will be on Thursday 22 September 4-6pm – see you there!

If you want to find out more contact 0121 771 1411.


  1. Bret Willers Reply

    Hi Folks,

    Great to hear that the event went so well, Alun are you compiling a list of contact details of the social enterprises who are out there and what they do and who their target markets are?

    This site could be a useful location for the City Council and its partners to advertise any contracts it has coming up for grabs.

    As you know Jagwant Johal from Edgbaston Constituency and myself have a commitment to contracting business where we can with social enterprises and have supported various organisations over the years who have provided quality services and which have been responsive to the needs of the customer and sensitive to local people’s needs.

    I sincerely believe that there is a brave new future for social enterprises once they survive through this difficult lean spell. I am interested in securing funds to introduce LEAN methodology for my Constituency Team working in partnership with social enterprises who I think could benefit from learning about how to work together to establish ways in which to reduce waste and become more efficient and competitive.

    Also don’t forget ‘The Kite’ this truly innovative multi-million pound Sparkbrook Community and Health Centre opens its doors on January 12th next year and there are 4 small and two large start up offices for social enterprises which provide products and services in the health and social care sector. The centre which faces onto Farm Park in Sparkbrook will house an adult learning room, a community centre with function suite, a personal care suite, a library, neighbourhood office, Homelessness support service, a community development office, 3 GP practices, Dental Practices and a pharmacy and children’s play garden in the development. There is also a community Cafe with a church and a peace garden to be built in the second phase on the site of the existing family centre and clinic

    We are awaiting the outcome of an ERDF funding application to provide subsidised rents to social enterprise organisations wishing to locate in the in the early years of their development who may wish to locate in the site. Anyone interested in renting out an office please get in touch with Becky Jones or myself on 0121 675 9000.

    I hope to make the September meeting.


    Bret Willers…
    Constituency Director Hall Green
    (and just for interest a former CEO of Back on the Map Ltd CIC)
    0121 675 7935

    • Alun Severn Reply

      Thanks for informative note, Bret — I have emailed you.

      — Alun

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