Local Work Social Enterprise UK in the West Midlands West Midlands Events We run, partner and support a wide range of events. See below for examples of recent and upcoming events. Let's Talk Good Finance Events Social investment is often seen as a London-centric activity. It can be harder for social enterprises and charities outside of the capital to access social investors and gain a better understanding of the financial products available. It offers social enterprises and charities the following opportunities: To speak to charity and social enterprise leaders who have already accessed social investment To meet potential social investors To learn about new social investment initiatives, funds and instruments To be able to ask questions in a safe and non-judgemental space To understand more about when social investment is not suitable or appropriate There will be more Let's Talk Good Finance events in 2018, watch this space! The Future of Business: Employment solutions in light of Brexit – the untapped labour force17 January 2018 SEUK West Midlands will be supporting this free half day conference, with lunch, on how employing ex-offenders can help meet future employment and infrastructure needs in light of Brexit. There are approximately 12,000 prisoners serving sentences in and around the West Midlands, the vast majority of whom are released into the area on completion of their sentence. The conference is an opportunity for representatives from across sectors to gain information on how working with this forgotten yet important community can contribute to the development of the West Midlands, opening up opportunities and creating more social value. The event will run from 9am - 2pm at the fantastic central venue: The Cube, Canalside Level 6, 196 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RN To register your place and to find out more, click here. The event is being hosted by Prospects, an SEUK West Midlands member and one of the leading providers of careers support in custody and with ex-offenders SEUK West Midlands Buy social corporate challenge Spring 2018 date/venue tbc. The West Midlands has some of the biggest and best businesses in the country. Our Buy Social Corporate challenge engine is beginning to roar and we want local businesses to use their spending power to bring social enterprises into their supply chains. Just about to enter it's second year, the Corporate Challenge is seeing some of the biggest companies in the country commit to using their everyday spend through procurement to work with social enterprises. Collectively the aim is to spend £1 billion with the sector by 2020 - it's an ambitious target but we know that the more businesses we have signed up the easier it will be to reach. We're planning a event for West Midlands businesses in the Spring which will bring together corporates with local social enterprises. It will be a great opportunity to make new connections, raise the profile of the sector and hopefully win some business. SEUK West Midlands, Summer networking in partnership with PwC and Argent 2 July 17.30-19.30 SEUK West Midlands summer networking in partnership with PwC and Argent Now a summer staple! Hear from key note speakers, supply chain opportunities and network over drinks and nibbles. Previous Events 16 November - Let's celebrate Social Enterprise Day in Hereford Social Enterprise UK West Midland's Regional Director, Stuart Emmerson, was speaking at this Social Enterprise Day event shining a spotlight on local social enterprises. 15 November - Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Social Enterprise Summit – ‘The future of business’ Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin was officially announced as a Social Enterprise Zone at this event on 15 November Social Enterprise Places are areas where social enterprise activity is thriving. The award and programme aims to promote, raise awareness, and build the markets for social enterprise at a local and national level. We're delighted that the area is now the third Social Enterprise Place in the West Midlands. 13 September 10 -4pm - Hospice UK/Social Enterprise UK West Midlands health event - Beacon Centre, Wolverhampton. This day long event aimed to inform hospices about key health and social care priorities, structures and organisations, and how to engage with them to support delivery. Speakers included Elizabeth Hancock - CEO Mary Ann Evans Hospice, Steve Jackson - CEO Mary Stevens Hospice, Cllr John Cotton - Birmingham City Council and Sean Russell from the West Midlands Combined Authority. For more information please contact [email protected] 3 July - PwC/SEUK West Midlands Networking Event It was great to see some of you at the PwC/SEUK West Midlands Networking Event which we held in collaboration with Argent. A fantastic time was had by all and we left the event feeling inspired by the great work happening in the region. 8 June 2017 - Let’s Talk Good Finance, Birmingham. Ended 29 March 2017 - No10 Downing Street Midlands Civil Society reception – by invitation only. Ended. 28 March 2017 - Let’s Talk Good Finance – DY1, Dudley. Ended. 23 March 2017 - HE Social Enterprise & Innovation Conference, Coventry University. Ended. 15 March 2017 - Building Health Partnerships – Dudley. Ended. 9 March 2017 - Annual Health Conference, Birmingham. Ended. 10 February 2017 - Delivering Devolution – The Role of New Public Service Delivery Models, Wolverhampton. Ended. 8 February 2017 - Social Value Summit, London 3 February 2017 - Social Value workshop, Staffordshire Council. Ended. 1 February 2017 - Charity Finance Group, Birmingham. Ended. 26 January 2017 - Access Impact Management, Birmingham. Ended 6 December 2016 - Christmas Networking with Andy Street, West Mids Mayoral Candidate and Anthony Collins solicitors. Ended. 28 November 2016 - SEUK Social Enteprise Awards, London. Ended. 22 November 2016 - Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce Social Value Forum, Staffordshire. Ended. 17 November 2016 - Herefordshire Social Enterprise Event, Hereford. Ended 17 November 2016 - Coventry launch ‘Social Enterprise Place’ award, Coventry University. Ended. 14-15 November 2016 - Social Finance Fair, University of Birmingham. Ended. 8 November 2016 - Synery network, Dudley. Ended. 2 November 2016 - Social Enterprise Places celebration, Digbeth. Ended. 20 October 2016 - Birmingham City Council, Social Value event. Birmingham. Ended. 28 September 2016 - Social Value local authority network. Birmingham. Ended. West Midlands members at a reception at Number 10 Downing St.