PR Support from BSSEC 

Thanks to an Awards for All grant Birmingham and Solihull Social Economy Consortium (BSSEC) is now able to do more to help cash-strapped social enterprises – especially those in the early years of trading – boost their profile and get their message out there. Many new enterprises are small and have limited resources to promote themselves and the impact they achieve. BSSEC can work with you to develop an attention-grabbing blog post that will help you get your key messages across in the best possible way, and promote this to the huge audience for social enterprise news and information that it has built up over the past seventeen years. If you want to benefit from this project please contact Alun Severn I 0121 233 0278. More information can be found here

SSE Community Business Trade Up Applications are now open!

The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) will support 100 community businesses through the Community Business Trade Up Programme, in partnership with Power to Change. They are looking for people leading the organisations that put their local area at the very heart of what they do: the restaurants, community centres, bakeries, farms, sports clubs and pubs that are run by and for local people (to mention just a few!). The programme supports the leaders of early-stage community businesses with:

  • a fully funded six-month learning programme (consisting of 12 learning days)
  • a grant of up to £10,000

The learning programme runs from January to July 2018. Its focus is to grow community businesses’ impact by increasing their sales and trading income. Participants will receive expert support and learn with other community business leaders in cohorts of 10. It’s a great opportunity for community-focused organisations in the Midlands looking to grow, so please do refer any you know to –  The deadline for applications is Wednesday 11th October 2017. Interested parties are encouraged to complete an Expression of Interest by the end of August, via the web-page. 

 Priory Rooms Day Delegate Package

The lovely folk at the Priory Rooms are offering a day delegate package of £32 + vat per person. The package includes use of their meeting room (including projector, screen, flip chart + delegate stationary), unlimited tea and coffee, and catering for your event. For more information visit - or  contact

Visionary device scoops £20,000 award

An innovative device which will improve the quality of life of thousands of people with double vision has received £20,000 after winning a top award. Social Enterprise UK in the West Midlands member the Beacon Centre and the University of Wolverhampton joined forces to offer the 2017 Beacon Visionary Challenge Award.

The winner of the award has been announced as the Lens Slip Occluder, which was developed by Burton-on-Trent company DHC Informatics Ltd. The revolutionary Lens Slip Occluder has been developed primarily to treat and alleviate diplopia (double vision) but it can also be effective in the treatment of visual disturbance caused by such conditions as multiple sclerosis, stroke, head injury, cataracts and glaucoma. Read more here.  

News from Newman University 

Check out Newman University’s enterprise news for information about a small fund and their fantastic Newman Health & Wellbeing enterprise. This venture within Newman University, seeks to make a positive contribution to individuals and communities by providing high quality professional development for students, enhancing their employability and generating new insights and research.