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Apply to pitch to win a £500 grant award and a Social Finance Mentor for the year!

Have you got a social enterprise business idea you want to kickstart?

Are you a current social enterprise or entrepreneur looking to diversify or develop a new product or service?

As part of Social Enterprise West Midlands Social Finance Fair on the 1st October SEWM CIC is providing up to 4 social enterprises or social entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch for an agreed amount of seed investment/grant from the Pitchers Platform sponsor and a Social Finance Mentor.

Sponsored by BCRS Business Loans the Pitch will take place as part of the conference with a panel of Social Finance experts in front of the event audience.

The enterprise or entrepreneur must:

  • be ready to trade/currently trading, be constituted under one of the 9 legal structures,
  • demonstrate a passion for the product and service and, most importantly, see the market
  • opportunity and explain who is going to buy the product or service!
  • illustrate what the money will be used for,
  • demonstrate how they will measure journey and product/service delivery.

The winning pitch will be awarded a £500 award grant and a Social Finance Mentor for the year*

If you are interested in applying to pitch and want to find out more please email info@socialenterprisewm.org.uk by the 24th September 2015!

Download the Pitcher’s Platform flyer 
* Terms and conditions of mentoring do apply. Mentoring agreement to be decided between the mentoring organisation and mentee.


SEWM- Social Finance Fair – 1st Oct 2015

Just a quick note to say SEWM’s Social Finance Fair is fast approaching so if you haven’t booked yet then maybe now is the time.

Key speakers include:

  • Nick Temple – Social Enterprise UK and Chair of the Social Investment Forum
  • Melanie Mills – Big Society Capital – Social Sector Engagement Director
  • Kieron Boyle – The Cabinet Office – Head of Social Investment
  • Seb Elsworth – The Foundation for Social Investment – Chief Executive

As well as hearing from these key speakers, there are a series of master classes and a a host of exhibitors including:


Aston Reinvestment Trust |Big Lottery Fund | Big Society Capital |Black Country Reinvestment Society |Blue Sky Corporate Finance | CAF Venturesome | Charity Bank |Cogent Ventures | Crowdpatch | FSE Group CIC | Harris Accountancy | Locality | PwC | Resonance | Social Investment Business | SSE Midlands | The Key Fund | Triodos Bank | Unity Trust Bank

The event is being held at Birmingham Voluntary Service Council’s Conference Centre, just a few minutes away from New Street station (which as some of you will know is now called Grand Central) which opened yesterday (20th September 2015) after a five year £600m re-vamp, so perhaps worth a visit too!


Social Saturday videos for DISE clients

Social SaturdaySocial Saturday – a UK wide campaign to celebrate, raise awareness and buy from social enterprises – is back on 10th October and based on last year’s success, it’s a marketing opportunity you don’t want to miss.

As part of our social mission to ‘do good business and create social value’ we are offering ten DISE clients in Solihull and Birmingham the opportunity to promote their products and services through the power of video.

That’s right, ten social enterprises will receive a free mini video which will be premiered on Social Saturday to showcase their wares and help spread the message that it’s good to buy social.

Plus, we are also joining forces with Social Enterprise West Midlands to maximise the reach of all the videos produced as part of their online digital showcase campaign for Social Saturday.

The offer

  • This offer is open to social enterprises that have previously worked with DISE and are based in Solihull or Birmingham and is available on a first come first served basis.
  • Each mini video will be filmed on location enabling one person per social enterprise to talk about their products and services, business or special offer.
  • The duration of the video will be 30-45 seconds with a title slide featuring a company logo and website and a closing slide acknowledging DISE sponsorship. Minor revisions to final edit only.
  • Filming will be done by Reel Eyes Films – a video production social enterprise based in Solihull – www.reeleyesfilms.co.uk
  • Filming slots are available on 22nd, 23rd and 24th September and will take approximately one hour per enterprise.
  • All videos produced will be uploaded to the DISE You Tube channel and will be promoted via the DISE Twitter and Facebook accounts on Social Saturday in association with Social Enterprise West Midlands.
  • Participating enterprises must be willing to promote the video on Social Saturday through their own social media accounts and website where available.
  • Featured social enterprises can use their video beyond the Social Saturday campaign as desired.

Register your interest

Enabling our clients to make the most of campaigns like Social Saturday is one of the ways in which we reinvest 100% of our profit as a social enterprise.

If you are interested in a short video to promote your business on Social Saturday please get in touch with us as soon as possible and register your interest by 12pm on Monday 21st September. Call 0121 667 6810 or email info@disecic.org.

More ways to back Social Saturday

1. Download the Social Saturday campaign pack – includes ideas, press release templates, suggested tweets

2. Register your social enterprise for free on the national Buy Social Directory

3. Check out the Social Saturday website for more inspiration and resources to promote your business online

4. Use the #SocialSaturday2015 hashtag in your tweets and posts.


Social Investment Tax Relief Made Simple – Free Webinar

Our friends at Big Society Capital have asked us to highlight this training which is aimed at advisors who provide support to other groups.

An overview of the things you need to know to understand how SITR can offer a route to raising funds for the organisations you work with.

 DATE: Tuesday 29th September 2015

TIME: 11am

DURATION: 45 minutes

As part of Big Society Capital’s GET IT initiative, we are hosting a free webinar for providers and advisors that work with trading charities and social enterprises to help them understand the opportunities that Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) brings to the sector. BWB Consultant, Neil Pearson, is our SITR expert and will provide a 30 minute walk through of who, what and when SITR can be used. This will be followed by 15 minutes of Q&A time.

Further free CPD accredited events will be offered to those advisors who after the webinar feel they would benefit from a more detailed understanding of SITR.

If you are interesting in participating in this webinar, please sign-up here.

Please contact Esther Blake on eblake@bigsocietycapital.com for any further questions.


Princes Trust – Contract Finance Manager (Head of Contract Management)

Location: Birmingham

Salary range – £33,300 – £35,000

The Prince’s Trust is a charity supporting 13-30 year olds, who are unemployed or educational underachievers to move into education, training or employment.

This is an exciting opportunity for a leadership role across the North and Central regions of the Trust and reporting to the Senior Head of Contract Management you will have five direct reports based across the regions.

The successful candidate will require strong project and proven contract management experience, including analytical skills and knowledge of documentary evidence requirements to support audit trails for public sector funders.  You will have experience in managing a team and excellent communications skills, as well as advanced planning and time management skills and the ability to travel around England.

For more information on the role please see: http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/working_for_us/vacancy_list.aspx

If you would then like to discuss any aspect of the role then please contact Andrea Wilcock on 0113 2368389 or andrea.wilcock@princes-trust.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 21st September 2015


Solihull Carers Job Opportunities

Carers Contact Learning Disability Worker – Adult Team (Funding until March 2016) – 30 hours – £21,200 pro rata

Peer Mentoring and Befriending Project Worker – Young Carers Team

Volunteer Co-Ordinator for Peer Mentoring and Befriending Project – Young Carers Team

Young Carers Sessional Worker – Young Carers Team


Applicants must have
Please find application form and job description under Jobs & Volunteering at www.solihullcarers.org, email centre@solihullcarers.org or telephone 01217881143
CLOSING DATE FOR ALL APPLICATIONS: Monday 21st September at 9am.

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Solihull Voluntary and Community Sector Conference 2015

Just a short post to highlight that the Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Reference Group (VCSRG) in Solihull have announced their annual conference date.

The conference with a theme of “what should the local sector look like in five years time” is to be held at The Ramada Hotel, Solihull Town Centre on Thursday 17th September starting with refreshments at 5.00pm and closing at 8pm.

The guest speaker for the conference is Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s CEO Nick Page.

To book please visit Solihull SUSTAiN by clicking here

Might see you there!



New job opportunities at Barrow Cadbury Trust


The Barrow Cadbury Trust are recruiting for the two following positions; Programme Officer and an Operations and Communications Administrator.

If you think you or someone you know may be interested in these positions, please click on the links below to access the job descriptions, person specifications and application forms.

Programme Officer
Application form

Closing date for applications is 5 pm on 23 August
Interviews on Monday 7 September

Operations and Communications Administrator
Application form

Closing date for applications is  5 pm on 6 September
Interviews on Friday 18 September

We wish you the best of luck should you consider an application.


Afternoon Tea and Cake at Welcome Change CIC Cafe

Development in Social Enterprise (DISE) hosted a networking event last week at the Welcome Change CIC Cafe in Shard End, Birmingham. The event was well attended by local social enterprises and charities including Colebridge Trust, Accord Group, Inspire Health and Mind CIC, Beyond Recovery CIC and Renewal Christian Centre. The Welcome Change CIC Cafe was a lovely and relaxing location for an afternoon of summer networking. It was very good to see local organisations all coming together to hear about the successes and challenges of setting up the social enterprise, Welcome Change CIC in 2013.

The group were attended by Angela Sankey, Centre Manager, who spoke about the opening of the community centre and cafe and promoting recovery in Shard End. Welcome Change CIC has now expanded and a charity shop and warehouse have opened up to serve the community.

Joanne Mackinnon, the Chief Executive of Welcome Change CIC, set up the social enterprise with an aim to integrate people back into the community and rebuild their lives after receiving treatment, by helping to support them with the necessary skills to get them into employment and increase public awareness of those in recovery. Welcome Change offer a Recovery Hub for people in recovery from addiction, domestic violence, drug, substance and alcohol misuse. They also help people into volunteer placements within the community to gain work experience and build confidence to write a CV and find a job.

The community centre and cafe host regular events every day to encourage the community to get together and socialise. On Mondays there is a Healthy Minds Class, Tuesdays there is a beginners sewing class and Zumba, Wednesdays, Birmingham and Solihull’s Women’s Aid host a drop in session and Slimming World in the evening. On Thursday afternoons there is a youth club for 6 to 13 year olds, Fridays there are free employability and training courses. Saturday the community hall is available to hire plus a bouncy castle and on Sundays there is an indoor car boot sale! There is a lot going on down at Welcome Change, so if you’re around, why not pop in one of the days and see for yourself. Don’t forget to stop for a cup of tea and slice of cake!

All of the food produced in the cafe is made with all natural ingredients and they do not cook fast food! The cafe is open Monday – Friday 9am -4pm and Sunday 10am -2:30pm. For more information about Welcome Change CIC, the work they do and the services they offer, please click here



People’s Health Trust Active Communities Funding Now Open

People’s Health Trust Active Communities Funding is open for applications

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Using money raised by HealthFair through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Our Engagement Team are able to support you with your applications.
Click here to contact your local Engagement Officer or call 0300 3038606.

Please click here for more information about the funding.

Closing date for applications is 1pm on 8th July 2015.