Do you know any young people who want to start a business or social enterprise? Do you know any young entrepreneurs who have been running a business or social enterprise for 12 months or less?

Birmingham City Council’s Enterprise Catalyst Business Support Initiative will be hosting EnterpriseGen 2014, a one day free event taking place at the Library of Birmingham on Thursday 17th July, to support the next generation of young entrepreneurial talent to start and succeed in business.

The event is designed as a platform for young people aged 16-30 to explore enterprise as a viable career option and brings together various partners at EnterpriseGen 2014, to exhibit their products and services. Throughout the day over 250 young people will have the opportunity to gain expert knowledge, get advice and guidance and be inspired to become the next generation of successful entrepreneurs. As one of the youngest cities in Europe, Birmingham is an ideal location for this new enterprise event.

MASTERCLASS 101            11.00am – 4.00pm

Enterprise Catalyst  and various partners will be delivering workshops and seminars, which are designed to assist attendees with practical support and advice, to turn their dream into a reality. This includes business planning, Intellectual Property, grants, Start-Up Loans, how to market your business on a shoestring budget.

DRAGONS DEN                    4.00pm – 5.00pm

Enterprise Catalyst will also be hosting the Enterprize Generator, a pitching session for anyone who is ready to launch their idea into a business, with the opportunity of winning a package of prizes to the value of £1,000.

Young people can register to attend the event by visiting http://enterprisegen2014.eventbrite.co.uk or if you would like to register a group of young people to attend please email enterprisecatalyst@birmingham.gov.uk and we will be happy to accommodate your needs. For further information please call 0121 675 7584.

 Click this link to see the poster:  EnterpriseGen 2014 17th July

 

 

What’s All This Biz? – The context and the content

Thursday 14th November 10am: –  Margaret Way, from Young Talent for Business, is outlining the background and the context for this event and its link to the previous breakfast Youth Employment event held on 24th September, to  the mix of business and young people who have braved the cold wet morning, to attend the “What’s all this biz about?” meeting being held at The Pump in Kitts Green.

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Margaret Way addressing the mix of business and young people at The Pump

The purpose of the event is to enable young people and business people the opportunity to have a conversation about how they experience their interaction with each other and how they can work together to help improve life chances and job opportunities for people who live in the Shard End Ward of the City.

Andy Munro and Ian White from Business Development Midlands Ltd have kindly given up their morning to help facilitate the event and Andy has briefed delegates on what is expected from them.  He has emphasised that we want the event to be informal and conversational in format.

Two apprentices Andy and Daniel from BSA Machine Tools  have also turned up to outline their experience of being apprentices.  How they apprentice 2found out about the opportunity to become an apprentice, and what their experience of apprenticeship life has been like so far. Both young men are very enthusiastic and seem to be enjoying their work very much indeed. They attend college a certain number of days each week and the rest of the time engage in a range of work, enabling them to gain a variety of new skills. They work on three of the highly complex machines that BSA are currently manufacturing, machines that are so complex they are not scheduled to be completed until next year!

After Andy and Daniel have spoken the room is buzzing with excited voices eager to discuss the topics of day. To help aid the discussion and to try and obtain some effective feedback on key issues, some questions have been provided, more as prompts than as ‘must-ask’ questions.

For young people questions they might want to ask business people have been suggested, these are:-

  1. As an employer, what are the main qualities that you look for?
  2. If I start on a minimum wage what are the prospects for advancement after the first year?
  3. Would you be prepared to offer work experience?
  4. What sort of training and support would I get when I start work?
  5. Would you take on a 16 year old/do you have any preferences on what age people are, when taking them on?
  6. How do you recruit and how can I get to hear about jobs becoming available?

and for business people these could be:-

  1.  What is your ambition?
  2. What training and education courses have you been on to date?
  3. How do you look for jobs at the moment?
  4. What has stopped you getting into work to date? eg. barriers such as travel
  5. What could we do to help you into work?

Soon young people are talking about how current apprenticeship schemes are not very helpful as they only provide £100 per week which is not enough to live on if they don’t want to remain living at home. They also want to be treated with respect, and be appreciated. There is also a sense that the young people are looking for meaningful work. Other issues that arise are the lack of adequate career advice early in their school careers, and knowing where to look for jobs, the internet is mentioned but there is so much out there…

One positive and possible outcome is the idea of setting up a facebook or twitter account for young people in Shard End Ward to highlight local opportunities to them.

Those attending from business are keen to engage too, and are eager to seek solutions to issues and problems that have been raised. Some are working in the same sector that the young people are interested in, and business cards are offered and further discussions take place….

A ‘washup session’ takes place where the five table facilitators feedback the key issues that have been raised. The general consensus is that this has been a very successful event and both parties, the young people and the business representatives, have enjoyed the discussion and learned a lot. People are now going off with the intention of following up on some of the suggestions that have been made. The idea of holding another event, to explore these issues further was well received. Watch this space….

Syndicate session 1 – Business and the Community working together to improve local outcomes

Some of the work the Alcoa Community Team engage in

Delegates who attend this session will hear from members of the Alcoa Community Team about how they deliver Alcoa‘s Corporate Social Responsibility programme in and around the Shard End Ward.

Birmingham Fair Money Campaign – Syndicate session 3 – Not-for-profit lenders working together to protect the vulnerable.

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Delegates will hear from Angela Clements, Chief Executive of CitySave, how well the Birmingham Fair Money campaign is doing in its efforts to remove the money-lenders from the temple that is City of Birmingham.

Full details of this syndicate will be contained in the summit report which will be produced after the event.

Summit Syndicate Sessions

Delegates have fanned out from the impressive Kingston Theatre and are now heading to one of four syndicate sessions where they will have the opportunity to discuss a range of topics:-

Session 1: Business and the community working together to improve local outcomes

This session will outline how local business, Alcoa’s community team works in partnership with local organisations and groups and how its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme is being used to improve the local area.

Session 2: Locally based community organisations working together to address loneliness and isolation in neighbourhoods 

This session will update delegates on the development of a network of “places of welcome” across the city and how they are taking an asset-based approach to providing information, contact and assistance to local residents, particularly those who are new to a neighbourhood or to the city, and building community through the relationships that are built.

 Session 3: Not-for-profit lenders working together to protect the vulnerable

Birmingham Fair Money is an initiative to provide an umbrella brand for the not for profit lenders in Birmingham to jointly challenge the for profit financial services providers, including the high cost lending sector.

Session 4: Working together to support inclusion in a superdiverse city

The session will be lead by the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS)  works to advance and promote the University of Birmingham’s expertise in the emerging field of superdiversity. It is the first institute in the UK and one of the first globally to focus on superdiversity

This session will set out the key issues for inclusion in a superdiverse city, followed by discussion on how to address the opportunities and challenges posed.

These sessions will be written up and produced in the Summit Report after the event.

Social inclusion summit: Working Together for a Fairer Birmingham – 11th Nov 2013

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Today’s Social inclusion summit: Working Together for a Fairer Birmingham is being held at Austin Court, next to the old Birmingham and Fazeley Canal which still provides an exciting mode of transport for visitors to the City.

IMG_0073A fine rain has been falling all morning making David Hockney pool-scapes of the dark canal surface. Clearly, our hope that this would not deter the delegates from attending, has proven true,  for the Rt Revd David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham – who has been leading the Social Inclusion Process since its launch in March 2012 – is currently welcoming some of the 150 or so people who have braved the drizzle in order to attend.

These summits have proved to be a very successful method of community engagement, encouraging people from the whole social spectrum of Birmingham, representatives and practitioners from the Third Sector, Business leaders and workers, member of faith communities, Birmingham City Council staff, colleagues from the Police, and Fire services, indeed everyone who contributes to make Birmingham a truly great city.

The Bishop is remarking on the fact that we all come together, to be together and to spend 2 or 3 hours together to listen to each other and to learn from each other. he goes on to explain how he was attempting to explain to a group of sixth-formers what Social Inclusion is. Addressing the question: How do we make Birmingham an inclusive city? He suggests that there are three levels – first level is the policy level (both local and central Government) and as a Bishop he is invited to address committees in Parliament, then there is practical level which is the level that many people attending this summit engage at, and thirdly there is a pastoral level, which the Bishop explains is more personal and direct for example, helping in your local area and looking after your neighbour.

Preparation is everything – ready for the Social Inclusion Summit – Working together for a fairer Birmingham

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Preparation is everything! Ahead of the Summit the delegate badges are laid out waiting for delegates to arrive with about 30 minutes to go…

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The staff too are eager and well rehearsed and ready to spring into action at the first sign of a delegate!

Summit: Working together and ‘Standing up for Birmingham’ campaign

“Working together” is the key theme of today’s summit being held at Austin Court and the programme will include contributions from successful local collaborative initiatives, including the Birmingham Fair Money Campaign, Alcoa Kitts Green’s community team, the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity and locally-based community organisations addressing loneliness and isolation.

Another aim of this Summit is to encourage delegates to get behind the ‘Standing up for Birmingham’ campaign.  

Birmingham City Council leader, Cllr Sir Albert Bore has announced details of a new campaign for Birmingham called ‘Standing up for Birmingham’. The campaign calls for community groups and individuals to play a bigger role in the delivery of services in the light of the Government cuts. Launching the campaign Sir Albert said:

“We must all ‘stand up’ and make our contribution to getting us through this crisis, and the strongest need to do their bit to protect the weakest from the impact of these cuts.

Over the next few years we will need to restate the role of the city council in a new landscape, with far less resources. But that doesn’t mean we give up on our aims, values and priorities for the city.”

I would think that this is something delegates attending the social inclusion process summit, which aims to encourage everyone across the city to work shape the future wellbeing of the people of Birmingham, would fully endorse.

Community Support Network – Birmingham

The Community Support Network is a group of over 40 large and small organisations from the Third Sector and multi-faith groups which was set up in late autumn 2012 in response to the potential plight of our fellow Birmingham citizens who are being affected by the changes brought about by the Welfare Reform Act and its implementation in combination with the aftermath of the recession (high unemployment and the rising cost of living).

The aim of the Network is to formulate a coordinated response to the provision of all forms of crisis support that may be required such as food banks, clothing banks, hardship funds, advice giving or any other crisis support including access to temporary/emergency accommodation.

You can use their search engine here to find your nearest food bank.

Brum Food Bank Directory is growing

FindFoodBanksBrum is a new fully interactive and FREE online listing service for food banks situated in Birmingham and the wider Black Country regions. It was launched in July 2013.

There are now over 80 providers registered on the website. The listings on the site include other related services such as food co-operatives, community gardening projects, free or subsidised clothing outlets, furniture and household goods services.

Website:  http://www.findfoodbanksbrum.org.uk/about-us/

Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/FindFoodBrum

With the use of built-in Google Map and Google Map Street View capabilities, search and locality features, the website will make it simple for those in need of these services to locate them easily.

FindFoodBanksBrum was established by Naphtali & Associates.