Birmingham is ‘A Social Enterprise City’ – its official! We launch this new status on 15th November at an event hosted by Unity Trust Bank where we will be show casing the social value created by the SE sector within Birmingham. 

Birmingham-based social enterprise, iSE CIC, led by Sarah Crawley, has been deeply involved in developing a cross-city partnership to launch Birmingham as a Social Enterprise City. Working on place-based projects such as USE-IT and the original social enterprise place, Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, has clearly evidence the appetite for delivering social value at a local and a city level.

Sarah Crawley, CEO of iSE CIC, says, ‘Since Digbeth became registered as a Social Enterprise Quarterwe have seen a rise in the number of social enterprises start-up’s, an increase in sustainable social enterprises that are actively scaling and growing, improvements in social investment and funding options coming in to the area, and huge diversification in the products and services being delivered by social enterprises. It’s a hugely vibrant sector and an exciting time for both Birmingham and the social enterprise sector.’

Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, shared iSE’s excitement by saying, ‘We are delighted to announce that Birmingham is now recognised as a Social Enterprise City. Birmingham, like so many cities, faces multiple challenges from high levels of child poverty and youth unemployment to rising homelessness. Despite this, it is a city full of optimism and hope with a thriving social enterprise community dedicated to tackling these issues head on. Birmingham is showing us what the future of business can look like and we encourage other towns, cities and counties across the country to follow its example.’

Peter Holbrook CBE will join two other keynote speakers at the high-profile launch event: 

The launch event is taking place on UK social enterprise day, Thursday 15th November 2018, with the kind support of Unity Trust Bank and UIA USE-IT, a place-based programme tackling entrenched social challenges in Birmingham.

Margaret Willis, CEO of Unity Trust Bank, who is hosting the launch in the bank’s new premises in Four Brindleyplace, added: “As a bank who supports businesses and organisations who want to make a social difference, we see this event an important milestone in the city’s development. We’re really looking forward to attending the evening and supporting iSE as they showcase all that is great about social enterprises in the city.”


About iSE

iSE is a social enterprise development organisation providing social enterprise start-up and growth support together with research and consultancy services. We are experts in starting, growing and sustaining social enterprises