Promoting Social Enterprise within the Built Environment

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Through our work on the place-based USE IT project, iSE was delighted to facilitate a marketplace to bring together leading built environment providers with the innovative social enterprise suppliers at a March event, hosted at The Signing Tree Conference Centre. This key event in our USE IT 2018 calendar of activities, networking and workshops enabled over 25 social enterprises a unique opportunity to showcase the products and services directly to a number of decision makers from leading construction provider Wates Group along with Amey plc, Kier Group plc, Morgan Sindall Group, Mace Group, BAM Construct UK and Willmott Dixon.

USE-IT! Zoom-In: Creation of social enterprises

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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.

Feeding our community

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The project partners Co-operative Futures, along with iSE and Smethwick CAN, hosted an open workshop to talk about food within our local communities.

Social entrepreneurs and USE IT! catalysing social change in Birmingham

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The Social Enterprise support offered through USE IT! in the last 12 months focused on growing the social enterprise sector, linking local organisations to new markets, linking them to new building initiatives, tourism opportunities and the chance to supply local residents (food, health, creative etc). Our work is delivered through a range of activities and support such as one-to-one support, events, markets, workshops, mentoring and our enterprise skills development programmes.