Thursday 15th November marked an important day in the Birmingham Social Enterprise calendar. Not only was it #SocialEnterpriseDay, a global celebration of all the amazing work and social value being produced by our fellow social enterprises, it was also the launch of Birmingham’s Social Enterprise City status!
It’s #SocialEnterpriseDay ✨ which means it’s time to learn about all the amazing things that Social Enterprises do! Keep an eye on the #WhoKnew hashtag to see the incredible impact of Social Enterprises across the world.
— Health Exchange UK (@HealthExUK) November 15, 2018
The Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (iSE) organised a fantastic launch event at the brand-new headquarters of Unity Trust Bank – a commercial bank with a social conscience. Speakers at the event included Peter Holbrook, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, Margaret Willis, CEO of Unity Trust Bank and Claire Dove, Crown Representative for the VCSE Sector.
The energetic @peteholbrook on stage! #SocialEnterpriseDay has proved itself against Brexit. It is a growing movement as more people want products and services with purpose. Join the movement and be part of the change #buysocial #BrumSECity pic.twitter.com/k8lh9JdTtF
— Rachel Woolliscroft (@rachel_sustain) November 15, 2018
Birmingham has a thriving Social Enterprise sector with almost 500 social enterprises registered in the city, which was truly represented by the variety of organisations present at the launch event. Each organisation was given the opportunity to display a poster showcasing their social impact over the past year. It gave us so much pride to see the achievements of the Birmingham Social Enterprise community: having such a positive impact on some of the most disadvantage people and areas of our city, whilst growing the sector and encouraging other organisations to follow the social enterprise model.
A copy of our Social Value poster can be seen below:
We’d like to say a huge thank you to iSE for organising the launch.