New enterprise support for Solihull’s voluntary sector

A new business support package is set to increase the entrepreneurial skills and sustainability of voluntary and community organisations in Solihull.

Solihull Enterprise Centre

Launched by Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Growth Hub and funded by European Regional Development Fund, Community Enterprise for Success targets existing charities, community groups and social enterprises looking to develop, grow and become more resilient through trading and enterprise.

Charity leaders have welcomed the new support to explore alternative sources of income to run the vital services they offer to local communities.

Organisations in Solihull are eligible to access free business advice, seminars, workshops and networking events delivered by business advisers from Development in Social Enterprise.

Dave Lane, Managing Director of Development in Social Enterprise said: “The voluntary sector has faced many challenges over recent years due to austerity measures and increasing competition for resources and increased demand for services.

“People may not realise that charities and social enterprises deliver a range of advice and guidance, health and wellbeing, sports, disability support, social care and housing services under contract to local authorities and the NHS. They also offer quality services and create local jobs which contribute to vibrant and caring communities in Solihull.

“Community Enterprise for Success will equip organisations to adapt to market opportunities, build on their strengths and emerge fitter and stronger.”

A networking event on 10 May at Three Trees in Chelmsley Wood is being held to introduce the programme and register organisations. For more information visit www.communityenterprise-solihull.org, call 0121 776 6810, or follow @Solihull_ComEnt.

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1. Community Enterprise for Success is a business support programme run by Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP which offers help and advice to strengthen existing voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

2. Development in Social Enterprise CIC, a business support organisation based in Solihull, has been awarded the three year contract to deliver Solihull Community Enterprise for Success.

3. Community Enterprise for Success is part of the wider programme of enterprise support provided by the GBSLEP Growth Hub which aims to provide a holistic approach to business support across Greater Birmingham and Solihull.

4. The Community Enterprise for Success Project is receiving up to £150,000 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

Heading for procurement success

Health and wellbeing organisations preparing for changes in the commissioning and procurement landscape were recognised and congratulated on their involvement in Solihull Council’s ‘Ready for Success’ programme this week.

Karen Murphy, Assistant Director, Public Health and Commissioning at Solihull Council thanked the group for engaging with the six month business development programme at a special event which saw the presentation of certificates and the launch a networking directory profiling the organisations that have take part in the process.

Ready for Success Highlights Video

Karen said: “We know that the process of commissioning and procurement can cause anxiety for smaller local organisations, and not be a pleasant experience if ill prepared. Procurement practices have traditionally tended to favour big organisations and we hope programmes like this will go some way towards levelling the playing field. We are committed to investing in our local providers and this piece of work has flagged up learning for us too, things we can do better. Above all, we see you as our partners and thank you for the work you do.”

Local social enterprise experts Development in Social Enterprise CIC managed programme delivery. David Lane, Chief Executive said: “Since last October we have worked closely with organisations delivering a wide range of services including advice and guidance, advocacy, mental health, recovery support, and therapeutic indoor and outdoor activities. There was a genuine desire amongst the group to identify and address development areas, explore business opportunities and build relationships with one another for the benefit of service users.”

The package of support included one to one diagnostics, action planning and consultancy alongside a series of workshops and networking events open to any VCSE organisation in Solihull covering Effective Boards, Safeguarding, Social Media Marketing, Equalities & Diversity, Financial Management, Measuring Outcomes and Procurement & Commissioning.

Workshop handouts can be downloaded here.

 

North Solihull enterprise hubs on film

It’s a great time to set up and grow a business in North Solihull. First came the launch of Solihull Enterprise Centre in January 2015, and now there’s the brand new Enterprise Zone at Elmwood Place in Smith’s Wood.

Both facilities are showcased in a short film launched by Solihull Council to encourage local businesses and would-be entrepreneurs to take advantage of the modern and fully equipped co-working spaces, meeting rooms and offices situated in the heart of new village centre developments at Chelmund’s Cross and Smith’s Wood – served by excellent transport links.

Enterprise support, networking events and business seminars are also on offer to tenants and co-workers to facilitate new connections, business and learning opportunities.

Competitive rates and introductory offers / trial periods are available.

For more information contact Solihull Council on 0121 704 6894.

 

Solihull Enterprise Centre: 1 Hedingham Grove, Chelmsley Wood B37 7TP 

Elmwood Place Enterprise Zone: Smith’s Wood Neighbourhood Library, 37 Burton’s Way, Birmingham B36 0UG

Elmwood Place Enterprise Zone

Start-ups, freelancers and small businesses in and around Smith’s Wood now have access to smart new facilities at Elmwood Place Enterprise Zone.

The Enterprise Zone offers a professional office environment for local businesses and individuals looking for an affordable base to work, meet and network.

Elmwood Place

The facilities include:

  • Touch down space available during normal office working hours
  • Use of desktop computers
  • Free unlimited Wifi
  • Bookable meeting rooms
  • Use of kitchenette and break out area
  • Use of a locker and cycle storage
  • Free access to business support events

067f917a-049c-4589-9b15-c68a7fc8a5e9Eligible individuals and organisations can currently sign up for a free trial until 31st December 2015.

Please contact the Enterprise Team on 0121 704 6363 for further information.

 

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Great news for Start-Ups in North Solihull

 

North Solihull Partnership has launched a new round of funding to help start-up businesses get off the ground.

The grant programme is designed for businesses that have been trading for less than two years and are based or operating in the North Solihull regeneration area.

Grants of upto £2,000 per applicant are available – community/social enterprises and privately owned ventures are eligible to apply.

The fund is managed by Solihull Council who are delighted with the impact it’s had so far. Kevin Kane-Brooks, Project Officer says: “We’ve seen with previous grant winners just how much can be achieved with relatively small amounts of start-up capital combined with access to business advice from the Community Enterprise for Success programme. We’re delighted to see it continue for another year.”

The Business Start-up Grants scheme is open until March 2016, with applications approved on a first come first served basis.

For more information about the Business Start-Up Grants and to apply call 0121 667 6810 or email david@disecic.org.

November’s Newsletter is out!

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We have another great newsletter for you this month showcasing the enterprising culture developing in North Solihull. November saw the new Chelmund’s Cross Enterprise Centre open its doors and we are also excited to see a second hive for enterprise develop in the form of Chelmund’s Space.

If you don’t receive our monthly e-bulletins and event invitations, you can subscribe for free here

Nov 14_page 1Inside November’s issue:

  • Enterprise Centre open for business
  • Chelmund’s Space – sparking learning and creativity
  • A Moment With… Stacey Smith
  • Writing Better Funding Applications
  • CEFS events and workshops
  • Case study: Wayne Elcock’s Amateur Boxing Club

Read previous issues of BULLETiN

 

 

Voluntary and Community Sector Support Vacancy – Solihull

Solihull SUSTAiN are recruiting a Sector Development Officer

£25,060 pa (37 hours per week)

Main duties

  • to provide one-to-one advice, information and guidance to Solihull’s Voluntary Sector to enable it to sustainably improve the quality, quantity and diversity of services it provides to local people and communities.
  • to support voluntary organisations to successfully apply for financial assistance through a range of grants, tenders and commissioning opportunities as well as assisting them to refresh and develop their business plans.

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check.

For an informal discussion please contact:

Alan Crawford (Infrastructure Services Manager) on 0121 711 3148 or 077955 61943

To apply download the application information:

Or you can request an application pack from Steven Breese on stevenb@solihull-sustain.org.uk or phone 0121 711 3148.

PLEASE NOTE: CVs will not be accepted.

For more information on the organisation please visit www.solihull-sustain.org.uk

Closing date: Monday 26th May 2014. Interviews will be held on Friday 6th June.

If you have not heard from us by Friday 30th May, please assume that your application has not been successful.

Voluntary Sector Infrastructure support is one of four strands of work delivered by ‘The Colebridge Trust Ltd’ under the banner of Solihull SUSTAiN. Colebridge Trust Ltd is a Registered Charity, Company Limited by Guarantee and member of Locality.

West Midlands Social Enterprise Awards

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Social Enterprise West Midlands, the regional network of social enterprises has opened its 2013 social enterprise awards. The nominations are open now and there are eight categories in total. 

The awards ceremony is being held at PwC Atrium Cafe on November 14th from 5-7:30 pm and is free to attend!

 

 

Categories:

  • SE People – a fabulous organisation that contributes to the community
  • SE Planet – an organisation that really is saving the environment
  • SE Profit – a social enterprise with a commitment to grow
  • SE Prima – a business that innovates beyond all expectations
  • SE Passion – a young social entrepreneur with a commitment to positive change
  • SE Potential – a start-up social enterprise with a promising future
  • SE Professional – an outstanding individual providing business support (Third-party nomination required)
  • SE Partner – a great supporter of social enterprise and social value (Third-party nomination required)

Should your organisation get an award? Do you know an organisation or person who you’d like to nominate? Would you like to attend the awards ceremony and network?

Then get nominating now click here for a nomination form

Click here to find out more

Click here to register