West Midlands Social Enterprise – Applications Open

We noted (a while back now) that social enterprises in the West Midlands were about to see the launch of an extensive program of specialised business support. Well the providers are now taking applications. Info and links below. Good Luck! Start – A peer...

Tender Opportunities – Department for Transport

We attended the VCSE supplier event today (16/11/2023) and thought it would be helpful to spread the word about: How to get into the supplier pipeline What upcoming tenders there are  Getting on the supplier portal The DfT use a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), and...

Funded Social Enterprise Support West Midlands

There is good news for social entrepreneurs and enterprises in the West Midlands, as the West Midlands Combined Authority is sticking by its commitment to “doubling the West Midlands social economy.” Covid 19 did get in the way a bit (understatement of the...

Infrastructure needs support too

SCC to Close It was sad to see on Twitter during the weekend and then in Third Sector Online today that the Small Charities Coalition (SCC) has taken the decision to close, as they were unable to secure funding for their charity support work. Being a VCSE support...

Reach Fund to Continue

£10m in grant funds allocated over the next four years. We’re pleased to read today that the Access Foundation has announced a further £10m of Reach grant funding over the next four years. The funding is to support charities and social enterprises to access...

Levelling Up Successful Bids

A quick post to say we’ve had a look at the levelling up funds approved that were announced in yesterday’s budget. We’re pleased to see that Birmingham City Council has done quite well, particularly pleased that Moseley Road Baths (see our case study...

Ten Years of DISE #3

As part of our 10th year birthday celebrations we are looking back and highlighting some of the fabulous social enterprises we’ve worked with over the years. Back in 2014 we were an approved provider for the “Big Assist” programme, which aimed to...

FUNDING HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AND FOOD (HAF)

This post relates to Birmingham and Solihull, but others should check with their local council as it is a central (DfE) funded programme. Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Funded through the Department for Education (DfE) grants are available to help support an offer...

Ten Years of DISE #2

As part of our 10th year birthday celebrations we’re looking back at some of the organisations we’ve helped over the years to become vibrant social enterprises and community businesses. We thought that we’d highlight Moseley Road Baths as they...