Success! Birmingham’s social enterprise city application approved

In this post we drew attention to the closing day of City Drive 2018 when there will be a grand social enterprise festival at the banqueting suite of the Council House [details below].

Well, we have just had news confirming that there really will be something worth celebrating at this first ever Birmingham social enterprise festival. iSE’s Sarah Crawley has just made the following announcement:

Sarah Crawley, who has been leading Birmingham’s SE city bid effort

Sarah says: It is with enormous pride that I am able to inform you that following our application to Social Enterprise UK, the panel has met and the chair has informed me today that our application for Birmingham to become a social enterprise city has been agreed.

As you can imagine I am delighted. This is something very special for the social enterprise sector in Birmingham and recognises the energy and commitment of the work of the past five years since social enterprise place status was achieved for Digbeth. Digbeth will continue to be a social enterprise place.

It is with enormous pride that we can announce that Birmingham’s application to become a social enterprise city has been agreed — Sarah Crawley

The feedback from the panel was that it was a well thought out application, with a good action plan and they look forward to welcoming us into the national network as a social enterprise city.

There will be a soft launch at the end of City Drive, at the Social Enterprise Festival at the Council House, and I am delighted to announce that this has been sponsored by Wates. The formal launch will be in September, hosted by Unity Bank.

Please can I ask that you encourage your own networks to attend the SE Festival on the 27th April. It’s clearly important that this event is a great success and that we have both a large number of SEs represented and a good audience to celebrate with!

Please can I take this opportunity of thanking everyone for your support and look forward to working with you all over the next few years.


We congratulate Sarah and everyone who has contributed to the effort so far. BSSEC will be supporting the SE City initiative in every way we can and at every opportunity.

You can book your place at the SE Festival on Friday 27th April by CLICKING HERE.


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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