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