Digbeth is truly becoming something of a hotspot for SEs in Birmingham. This has been covered a few times in recent posts on this blog. Well, we have just been alerted to another — Network House, a social enterprise set up less than eighteen months ago providing state of the art conferencing facilities from its medium-sized venue in Barford St. Network House can offer full conferencing and catering services for 4-200 delegates.
Network House is the social enterprise arm of a larger charity (Vineyard Network Church, Birmingham). And believe it or not — despite the fact that internees are getting something of a bad press at the moment — the enterprise was established in 2009 by a young man, an intern serving a one-year internship with the staff of the church. He developed the website, branding and publicity for Network House and since then the business has gone from strength to strength.
NWH’s social aims are to support disadvantaged young people in the NEET groups, working with other partners either to support their work financially or to jointly develop training and employment opportunities for these young people. Since setting up NWH has supported Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, the Narthex Project, Networkfour, the Refugee Council and a range of church-based projects.
You can download more information about NWH here.
The social enterprise conferencing sector has been enjoying tremendous success in Birmingham since the co-operative marketing venture Think Venue was set up last year. In fact, it has just been confirmed that since the summer of last year Birmingham City Council alone has redirected £1m of its venue spend to social enterprise and third sector providers. If you’re a third sector venue provider and you don’t know about Think Venue then you should! See this post and visit the Think Venue website.
Congratulations to everyone involved at NWH for a great start in a very competitive climate.