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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.


Want to find out more about the School for Social Entrepreneurs?

The West Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs is holding an information event ahead of its next round of recruitment. If you’re interested in the programme why not pop along to find out more?

Demand for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start Up programme at the School for Social Entrepreneurs is high; so they are starting taster and information sessions early for our 2016/17 intake.

The programme provides 15 days of support, a Big Lottery grant of £4000 for participants, plus a mentor from Lloyds Bank over a 12 month period. As a result, demand outstrips the number of places they can offer – around 20 in the West Midlands and 20 in the East Midlands.

Their next programme starts in October 2016 and applications can be made between 1 February and 21 March 2016.

To help you understand more about the programme, decide if its right for you and get some useful tips and guidance on applying, we are running our first ‘taster session’ in Birmingham on 17 December from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

More information and booking https://ssemidlands.typeform.com/to/irdQlA



Seedpod- investing in promising health and wellbeing ideas

If you’re involved in health and wellbeing you might like to know our colleagues over at PocZero Foundation CIC are hosting “Idea Canvas” events  over October and November, see below for further info.

For anyone interested in Seedpod: Birmingham’s first health and wellbeing academy investing in promising ideas – we would love to learn more about you, your ideas and how we might be able to help your idea grow! Come join us at one of our ‘Idea Canvas’ sessions – a fun, interactive and informal way to meet the team and connect with us. Sessions will be taking place at the following time and locations – to register simply follow one of the hyperlinks below.

If you like further information on Seedpod, please contact Eleanor Cappell Social Ventures & Community Lead PocZero Foundation CIC
E: eleanor.cappell@poczero.com  W: www.poczero.com @poczero

Links to book onto the events below!

Balsall Heath: Thursday or Friday afternoons 1:00 – 3:00pm @ Ort Café, 500 – 504 Moseley Road, Birmingham, B12 9AH






Castle Vale: Tuesday afternoons 2:00 – 4:00pm @ Castle Vale Library, Spitfire House, 10 High Street, Castle Vale, Birmingham, B35 7PR 






Shard End: Tuesday mornings 10am – 12noon @ Welcome Change Café, Onwall Road, Shard End, B34 7AJ







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.


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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£150m Endowed to Power to Change

Power to Change announced yesterday (22/01/2015) that is has now received £150m endowment from the Big Lottery to support the development and sustainability of community businesses.

The funding is endowed to the independent trust who will managed the funding. It’s early days yet so we do not have all the details on what or how the funding may work, but it is likely to be a mixture of loans and consultancy / development support.

At the moment the programme is looking for “Community Business Champions” to register their interest so if you are running a community business or considering setting one up do take a look at their website http://www.thepowertochange.org.uk/ we will keep an eye out and keep you posted here too!


Job Opportunity – Transform West Midlands

Transform West Midlands CIC require a – Business Development Officer

  • Are you interested in social justice and equality?
  • Could you take a project from an acorn and turn it into an oak?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to excel in community and business development?

Transform West Midlands is a community interest company that aims to increase employment prospects for young people through improving housing, particularly in areas of disadvantage.

Transform West Midlands are looking for a half-time Business Development Officer to lead the company through its first projects.  This will include developing our business through appropriate partnerships, business and financial planning and securing further funding and investment.

To apply, please email rowena@transformwm.org.uk for a job description and person specification. We encourage creative applications which display your unique skills and experience, along with a letter explaining why you are the person for the job.

Application deadline: 22nd January 2015

Interviews will be held on 2nd February 2015