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GBSLEP Board Recruitment

Greater Birmingham calls for young person to join LEP Board

  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership to appoint new ‘young’ Non-Executive Director
  • Appointment to be voice of young people in the area

Last week the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) opened applications for a new Non-Executive Director (NED) that will represent and inspire young people across the region.

The GBSLEP is the first LEP in the UK to create a youth representative role on its Board, reflecting the area’s uniquely youthful profile. Birmingham is one of the youngest and most diverse cities in Europe – 40% of its population are aged under 25. Across the wider region, 38% of the population are aged between 18 – 30.

The GBSLEP is looking for a confident, enthusiastic self-starter aged 18-30 with a passion for the region and its growth. The new Director will play a key role in driving forward the LEP’s ambitious Strategic Economic Plan across its three ‘Pillars’ of Business, People and Place.

The voluntary three-year role, will take up two to three days a month and, alongside Board duties the appointed young person will help to design and deliver the approach for recruiting young people to sit on each of the LEP’s sub-boards.

The successful individual will join 19 other Non-Executive Directors on the LEP Board from across the private, public and educational sectors, and will lead on representing the views of young people across every aspect of the LEP’s agenda.

This opportunity comes at an exciting time for Greater Birmingham and the GBSLEP. Key indicators such as job creation, economic output, foreign direct investment and business start-ups show that the region’s economy is growing.

Download the candidate brief – candidate-brief-gbslep-ned-for-young-people-final

If you would like more information on the role please contact: gbslep@birmingham.gov.uk.

 

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GBSLEP Consultation on their Strategic Economic Plan 2016-2030 Open

As a business support organisation specialising in supporting Social Enterprises to develop and grow and being based in the west Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area we have been interested in the developments of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) for some time.

Many of you will have noticed recently that its growth hub website is now reasonably well populated and growth funding is available for business in the area (not social enterprises – likely because there are a number of specialised social enterprise development funds around) to scale up and grow.  So things are starting to move along.

However, we noted today that the GBSLEP Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) 2016-2030 (draft consultation version) “A greater Birmingham for a Greater Britain” is now published and the GBSLEP are interested in your comments on the plan. So we thought at the very least you’d want to read it and if you have comments please do send it through either by email or post to:

Comments on the SEP and our approach are welcomed by email and by post before the consultation closes on Friday 9th September 2016.

gbslep@birmingham.gov.uk SEP Consultation
GBSLEP Executive
Ground Floor, Baskerville House
Centenary Square, Broad Street
Birmingham B1 2ND

 

 

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Solihull’s VCSE is Ready for Success

R4SDirectoryVCSE organisations working in Solihull are celebrating their achievements on Development in Social Enterprise’s Ready for Success project. The project followed our successful Community Enterprise for Success programmes of support for local VCSE organisations and has been funded by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s transformation directorate.

The Ready for Success project is part of “Solihull Together for Better Lives” which aims to transform social care and health services to increase choice, control and independence by ensuring health and social care services meet current and future needs. 23 organisations took part in the bespoke programme of support designed to ensure organisations were prepared for future commissioning and procurement of services (tender ready).

In March 2016 organisations attended and awards ceremony to recognise their achievements and saw the formal launch of the Health and Wellbeing Networking Directory. Karen Murphy, Assistant Director, Public Health and Commissioning thanked the group for engaging with the six month business development programme. Karen continued “We know that the process of commissioning and procurement can cause anxiety for smaller local organisations, and not be a pleasant experience if ill prepared. Procurement practices have traditionally tended to favour big organisations and we hope programmes like this will go some way towards levelling the playing field. We are committed to investing in our local providers and this piece of work has flagged up learning for us too, things we can do better. Above all, we see you as our partners and thank you for the work you do.”

David Lane, Chief Executive at Development in Social Enterprise said: “Since last October we have worked closely with organisations delivering a wide range of services including advice and guidance, advocacy, mental health, recovery support, and therapeutic indoor and outdoor activities. There was a genuine desire amongst the group to identify and address development areas, explore business opportunities and build relationships with one another for the benefit of service users.”

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Business Development Manager – Job- Solihull

SoLO Life Opportunities “Embracing Disability, Empowering Lives”

Business Development Manager. An exciting new opportunity has arisen within SoLO for the right person to join our Senior Management Team – are you that person? We are looking for an enthusiastic, confident, high achieving individual with marketing and bid writing experience at a senior level.

But we want more than this!  The right candidate would need to have a passion for ensuring that people with a learning disability are given an equal chance in life.  He or she would have experience in managing teams of people and have the ability to inspire, motivate and direct the current marketing and fundraising team.  He or she would need to demonstrate evidence of successful fundraising and bid writing with an understanding of how the voluntary sector works.

If appointed, you would become part of an exciting new programme of development, have the satisfaction of working in an environment which makes a difference to people’s lives and gain significant job satisfaction.

This appointment is subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

The post is a one year funded post, part time initially, starting at 25-30 hours a week (with opportunity to grow to full time and permanent), salary £18.18 an hour

For further information please contact Janet Down on 0121 779 3865 or by email Janet@solihullsolo.org  alternatively you can view the vacancy and download an application form from our website at www.solihullsolo.org

Due to nature of funding, the deadline for applications is 2nd May, 2016

Interviews will be held on 5th or 6th May.

 

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Awarding Times

Well it’s been a busy few weeks with our recent move to our brand spanking new office in the purpose built Solihull Enterprise Centre, but our highlight has been the West Midland Region – Social Enterprise Awards. For the second year running Development in Social Enterprise sponsored Social Enterprise West Midland’s SE Passion Award.

SE passion is about recognising the achievements of young social entrepreneurs who have adopted the social enterprise model as a way of doing business and are having impact in the region.

BEATFREAKSAWARD1This year we were extremly pleased to award Beatfreaks (pictured to the left) the top award. Betafreaks are an amaising, entusiastic and high energy social enterprise that engages young people through the medium of art, giving them a platform for social action which they have termed “ARTIVISM”. Check them out a truly inspiring social enterprise, with high impact and bound to go far.

And that’s not all, many of you will know our CEO David Lane who also picked up an award on the night. David received Highly Commended SE Professional award which was sponsored by Anthony Collins Solicitors, recognising his ongoing committment and achievements in helping social enterprises develop and grow over many years.

If you would like to see all the award winners and the category then visit Social Enterprise West Midlands here.

Well done to all the winners and a big conratulations to SEWM for another fabulous awards night.

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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!

 

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Enterprise Centre Official Opening 29/1/2015

Seven Star Photography 1A very impressive turnout for the official opening of the Enterprise Centre at Chelmund’s Cross, Solihull on 29th January 2015.

The event was hosted by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) and it was a great success. A variety of people turned up to witness the Key note speakerMelody Hossaini speak passionately about Social Enterprises and how to do good business and the official opening by Caroline Spellman MP, Councillor Ian Courts, the Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Land and Economic Development and local representatives from the Chelmund’s Cross community.

In the touchdown space at the back of the building, there were networking opportunities and support services available.

Social enterprises including Development in Social Enterprise, DYNAMIC Marketing, Social Enterprise West Midlands and Colebridge Trust lined the bottom half of the room with banners and an array of marketing materials, all available for visitors to have a look, speak to someone and take away something valuable with after the event.

Coventry University and Birmingham Chambers of Commerce also set up stalls alongside the social enterprises with marketing materials for attendees to access information and promote business networking.

Catering for the event was provided by Janine Mcmahon and the team at The Olive Branch Kitchen, who use all locally sourced goods which are made on site at the kitchen only 20 metres away from The Enterprise Centre.

Overall it was a very enjoyable evening with good networking opportunities for local social enterprises and community groups within the Solihull area.

Photograph credit: Seven Star Photography, 29/01/2015

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