Stand up and be counted


To help develop commitment one: support families and children out of poverty, the Green Paper makes a recommendation that we should put greater emphasis on small and micro-businesses including social enterprise. (Recommendation 1.4)

The recommendation goes on to note that the debate should reach out to the many successful businesses and enterprising individuals from new and migrant communities.

Back in July this website published a blog based on a paper by Selina Stewart entitled: “Economic Activity in Newly Arrived East African Communities”, which emphasised the need to support such new developments.

One way we can do this is by helping you to market your business, product or service.

Marketing is considered to be the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers and is also seen to be key to helping expand and develop a business. Given this I would urge all new small and micro businesses including social enterprises to use the opportunity this consultation affords to promote their activity and shout about the good work that they are already doing to promote this commitment and implement this recommendation.

You can proudly show off your current activity on our interactive map. To help advertise and grow your business you should consider registering with the Council’s procurement portal:  finditinbirmingham, which boldly states that it “aims to boost business activity throughout the region by bringing you real business opportunities”.

Entrepreneurs I urge you to help improve your business turnover, not only for your own benefit, but also for the wider community. Help invest in and develop the skills of your workforce, and help your city by engaging with commitment one: to support Birmingham families and children out of poverty.

To make sure you stand up and are counted.  Do it now!

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