The Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter was launched on Thursday 12 December by the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Sir Albert Bore, the event also saw Birmingham receive Social Enterprise Status from Social Enterprise UK, as the largest concentration of social enterprises in the country committed to the development and creativity of the sector.
The award was presented to Cllr Sir Albert Bore and Sarah Crawley, CEO, i-SE who is leading on city’s programme to help raise the profile of social enterprises-led regeneration and development in the area. It is hoped that in the future the initiative may also attract European funding.
Praised for Birmingham’s entrepreneurship, the Leader of the council added that the growing number of almost 50 social enterprises in the city adds a different characteristic and that over the next five years the aim was to significantly increase the number, which will be supported by the city council through policy and planning decisions to create more opportunity to strengthen the sector.
The event was well attended by delegates from a range of different sectors who had the opportunity to sample the wears of Social Enterprise organisations who braved the winter weather to host an outdoor market next to the iSE offices on Moseley Road, Digbeth.
The market included stalls from:
Devenish Girl Bakery
Made By Young People
Shelanu (Women’s Craft)
Textiles By St Annes
The Energy Saving Cooperative
The Garden Pathway Project – Park Lane