Community First Grants for North Solihull Groups Open to Applications

A quick post for you all, to let you know that Solihull Sustain have announced that the Community First Neighbourhood Matched fund has re-opened in three areas of North Solihull.

Grants range from £250-£2,500 and are available for local projects that work towards each area’s priorities.

Projects applying to the Matched Fund must also match the amount they apply for with other contributions – in-kind, volunteer time or cash.

Details of the programme in each area are available on their respective websites:

The closing date for applications in each area is 12 noon on 4th October 2013.

Don’t forget if you fit the criteria of the Community Enterprise for Success project we can help you develop your application and you may also be entitled to apply for the Community Enterprise for Success Kick Start grant of up to £2000.

Good luck!

‘Kick Start’ business grants for North Solihull start-ups

Business grantsEntrepreneurs in Solihull are to be given a boost through a new grant fund coming on stream for start-ups. Up to £2,000 is available for businesses (including social enterprises) that are based in North Solihull and are less than two years old.

Funded by North Solihull Partnership and managed by Solihull Council, recipients of the new fund must be accessing support from the Community Enterprise for Success programme or Enterprise for Success (the Council’s business advice offer for individuals).

Applicants must have a current business plan and be trading or preparing to start. The grant can be used flexibly towards set up costs, buying equipment and other running expenses.

Dave Lane, lead business adviser for Community Enterprise for Success said: “The new grant fund enables us to offer local groups a very comprehensive programme of support. On top of the tailored advice, seminars, case study visits, networking and newsletter updates, we can now help clients apply for financial help. This kind of package is increasingly rare given the economic climate and I urge local organisations to act quickly as there will be a lot of competition.”

Around 10 ‘Kick Start’ awards will be made and all monies must be spent by March 2014. Applications will be assessed and awarded by Solihull Council on a first come first served basis.

For more information and to apply visit call Dave Lane 0121 667 6810 or email

If you are a non social enterprise start-up please contact Marcus Cole or email


RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise Awards Open

The Royal Bank of Scotland has opened the next funding round of its Inspiring Youth Enterprise programme to support not-for-profit organisations that help young people (aged 13 to 30 years ) start their own business.

The maximum grant of £50,000 (deadline 16/09/13). The RBS Inspiring Enterprise programme offers resources to support the inspiration of entrepreneurs including in particular young people, women and social enterprise:

Good Luck.

Launch of West Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs: Promotion Opportunity

The School for Social Entrepreneurs has arrived in the West Midlands and is holding a launch event on 16th September.

Social Enterprises based in the West Midlands are being offered the opportunity to have a small, free display space. The space available will only allow one pull up banner plus one person to ‘man’ the space. No tables for displays (space will be allocated on a first come first served basis).

Apart from launching the school, the event will impress upon funders, local authorities, LEPs, corporate partners and other decision makers the depth and breadth of social enterprises operating in the West Midlands.

LEPs and LAs in particular need to understand and value the contribution that social enterprises make in order to be willing to invest in the sector, its organisations and support providers.

This is an opportunity for social enterprises to raise awareness of the services they provide. All of the CEOs, Chief Execs, Economic Development leads and Social Value Champions from every local authority (City, County, Metropolitan, Unitary and Districts) in the region plus LEP Boards, key funders and other decision makers have been invited.

To book click here

  • Monday 16th September
  • Event – 4:30 to 7:00pm
  • Set-Up – from 2:00pm
  • The McLaren Building, 46 The Priory Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LR
  • Food and refreshments will be provided


Agenda (times are approximate)

4:30 – Registration, Networking, Exhibition & Food

5:20 – Welcome & Introductions – Charles Rapson, CEO of the West Midlands School for Social Entrepreneurs (WM SSE)

5:30 – The School for Social Entrepreneurs – History, Ethos & Success – Alastair Wilson, CEO of SSE Central

6:00 – Students Stories – hear from 2 of our past students (Fellows of SSE) on how the school made a difference to them

6:20 – Investing for success – Why Solihull Council has invested in WM SSE – Mark Rogers, CEO of Solihull MBC

6:40 – Networking & Exhibition

7:15 – Event closes

8:00 – Building closes



(NB. There is no parking, not even to drop of displays)

Expressions of Interest Requested








Chelmund’s Space is a council owned asset set within a £9m new-build, multi-functional building within the Chelmund’s Cross Village Centre.

This building will house Bishop Wilson School, St Andrews Church, Excellence in the Community Centre, Healthcare offices and Chelmund’s Space.

The purpose of Chelmund’s Space is to provide a self-contained facility which can be used to benefit the local community. The benefit can be social or economic; or even both. Initial enquires have been made by social enterprise organisations.

Solihull Council are inviting expressions of interest from organisations who wish to utilise the Chelmund’s Space and can demonstrate that their activities are financially sustainable, ethical and in keeping with the surrounding users of the new Chelmund’s Cross Village Centre.

The Physical Space 85sq meters Unfurnished No other fixtures and fittings Access controlled Separate WC facilities Tile floor area Small area with plumbing – potential kitchen use Own metering for measuring electricity / water use Glass / transparent walls / good natural light Shared lobby Adjoining doors to church


  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest – 27th July 2013 Discussion with Council Officer – w/c 29th July 2013
  • Invitation to present and provide business plan will be sent by 5th August 2013
  • Final decision 30th September 2013, subject to suitable user being identified.


Chet Parmar – Stewardship Officer
Economic Development & Regeneration
Places Directorate
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Telephone: 0121 704 6894

More information

Call for Expression of Interest Chemund’s Space

Finance for Your Business

Solihull Council and partners Finance Birmingham and Blythe Valley Innovation Centre invite local businesses to a free workshop outlining the latest financial support available for local companies, including:

– Business Loans
– Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative Funding
– Business Grants
– Business Angel Funding

Date: Tuesday 16th July, 8.30am – 10.00am

Location: Blythe Valley Innovation Centre, Central Boulevard, Blythe Valley Park, Solihull, B90 8AJ

To reserve your place, or for more information, call the Business Investment Team on 0121 704 6151 or email

Free Support for Health and Social Care Organisations

  • Are you an innovative organisation delivering healthcare services?
  • Do you currently deliver healthcare services in Coventry, Warwickshire and/ or Worcestershire?
  • Would you like to deliver healthcare services in Coventry, Warwickshire and/ or Worcestershire?
  • Would you like to engage and work in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups?
  • Would you like to develop your business case to access: commissioned contracts; procurement opportunities; match funding or partnership opportunities?
  • Would you like to be an ambassador championing engagement between the third sector and the NHS, disseminating your learning?


If so, The Young Foundation and NHS Arden Commissioning Support have launched a new programme for social ventures working in healthcare in the Midlands. Our aim is simple: to help connect high potential social ventures with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to deliver innovative solutions to local health problems in Coventry, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. To understand how we will do this, our approach, application process, support offer, our expectations of you and why we think you should apply please see the attached information.

To request an application form please contact Eleanor Capell via email (Eleanor Cappell, supplying the following details: Your name; email; contact number; organisation and your role/ title.

Deadline to submit ideas and proposals is 5pm on Tuesday 20th August 2013

Who should apply?

  • Charities, both large and small
  • Community and voluntary groups
  • Co-operatives and mutuals
  • Foundations and trusts
  • Housing associations
  • Social enterprises
  • For profit organisations that have a primary social purpose clearly written into their Memorandum and Articles

Organisations can submit multiple applications, if you have more than one idea/ proposition. Engagement and participation with the programme is free of charge.

Investment and Contract Readiness Fund Opens for Applications (England)

The Social Investment Business (SIB), the UK’s largest investor in social ventures, has announced that the £10 million Investment and Contract Readiness Fund is now accepting applications.

The new fund aims to build the capacity of social enterprises to become investment ready and bid for public service contracts. Through the Fund grants between £50,000 and £150,000 are available on a rolling basis to ambitious social enterprises who will go on to raise at least £500,000 investment, or who want to bid for contracts over £1 million.

Grants are awarded primarily to fund revenue costs.  SIB will prioritise applications from organisations delivering rehabilitation services and are looking for contract readiness support to help them compete for the new Transforming Rehabilitation contracts.  Ventures will be required to apply in partnership with an approved provider.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2014

The highest level of recognition

If you think your business deserves to be recognised as one of the very best, enter The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – the UK’s most prestigious business awards. You could soon gain recognition for your business excellence.

The Awards are bestowed each year by Her Majesty The Queen in recognition of the winners’ outstanding achievements. There are three categories: Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development. Entry is open to all UK-based companies employing a minimum of two full-time people or equivalent.

Winning an Award can provide global recognition that your company is outstanding in its field, as well as boosting staff morale and could even lead to an increase in sales. 76% of previous winners reported that the Queen’s Award had brought added commercial value to their business, 73% reported a boost to staff engagement and 49% of winners achieved increased recognition overseas. Winners will receive a commemorative Grant of Appointment and a crystal bowl, and can display the Awards emblem for five years. Winners are invited to a reception with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

There is also an award for individuals – the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. This Award recognises people who have gone the extra mile to encourage entrepreneurial skills and attitudes in, for example, local communities, young people and students. A maximum of 10 Awards are presented each year and usually one special Lifetime Achievement Award. Entry is by nomination only. Successful nominators can join the recipient at a reception with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Entries or nominations are free, and the closing date for both Awards is 30 September 2013. To get started, or for more information, visit

You can also call The Queen’s Awards Office on 0207 215 6880 or email


Santander SEDA Awards Open Today! (3rd June)

Santander’s Social Enterprise Development Awards

Opens Today with an increased number of prizes available this year for social enterprises seeking a financial boost to help them expand.

The scheme offers social enterprises the opportunity to win funding and business support to help them grow and increase their social impact.

About the Social Enterprise Development Award
SEDA is targeted at established social enterprises looking to grow their business and working for the direct benefit of their community via one or more of the following outcomes:
•        Improving communities via social inclusion
•        Supporting disadvantaged people through training, skills and employment
•        Creating a greener environment

The Award features three prizes: 
•        £50,000 for social enterprises with a turnover of £250,000 – £1,000,000
•        £20,000 for social enterprises with a turnover of £100,000 – £250,000
•        £10,000 for social enterprises with a turnover of up to £100,000
How to Enter:

Complete a short entry form downloadable from <>  detailing how an award would be used to grow their business to benefit the community.

The deadline for applications is the 1st July 2013 – winners will be announced in September 2013.
For further information please contact:

the Santander team at Eulogy! on 

or call Ben Gold on 020 3077 2000

A word from me Good Luck!