In this first Zoom-In, the UIA Expert Nils Scheffler looked at one key element of the USE-IT! Project: the creation of a community of social enterprises to incite entrepreneurial spirits in the deprived neighbourhoods of West Birmingham.
A local network has been created to support community-rooted entrepreneurs and social producers. The Network helps local people to develop their enterprise skills and trade their way out of poverty and social exclusion. The Network aims to support the creation and growth of social enterprises linked in particular to the new larger infrastructure developments in Greater Icknield: the new hospital and the housing developments. Consortia of Social Enterprises are being formed focusing on health, food, creative industries, construction, and tourism.
This Zoom-In report looks at the key components and instruments of the project in that respect. It also draws conclusions on a key success factor and looks at the outlook.
The UIA will publish a collection of Zoom-In’s from its funded projects annually in a variety of formats including: articles, interviews, videos or infographics. Zoom-Ins are an in-depth look into a specific part of the project allowing us to deepen the knowledge generated by the project concerning the solutions designed and implemented. It provides further information on how to overcome the main challenges related to the experimentation of innovative projects in a real urban setting.