Social enterprises and voluntary organisations in Solihull have access to one of the most comprehensive business support packages in the West Midlands courtesy of the Community Enterprise for Success programme – part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Solihull Council.
Tailored business advice, seminars, networking events, study visits, case studies and business grants are available to develop and increase trading activity and earning potential amongst eligible* organisations.
New for 2014 is the Social Value Action Learning Programme which will take ten organisations through the real time process of measuring and reporting their social impact. A packed seminar schedule featuring expert speakers on topics such as shares and bonds, consortia working, personalisation, and a five part Introduction to Marketing series, have all been announced this month.
Delivery partners – The Best Network, Development in Social Enterprise CIC and Dynamic Marketing – are celebrating a third successive year of competitively tendering for delivery of the programme which has seen over 90 organisations benefiting from funded provision.
Dave Lane, chief executive of Development in Social Enterprise said: “We’re delighted to be taking the programme from its launch in January 2012 right through to 2015, when we hope its legacy will be a much stronger, entrepreneurial and resilient sector benefiting from major regeneration developments in North Solihull. We’re particularly excited about the new support initiatives launched for 2014 and hope that local groups take full advantage.”
To learn more about Community Enterprise for Success and register interest in the Social Value Action Learning Programme visit http://communityenterprise-solihull.org, call 0121 704 8097, and follow @Solihull_ComEnt.
*Existing groups and organisations in the following wards are eligible for support under this programme: Bickenhill; Castle Bromwich; Chelmsley Wood; Elmdon; Kingshurst; Lyndon; Olton; Shirley East; Shirley South; Shirley West; Silhill & Smith’s Wood.