Directory of Health and Wellbeing Organisations Launched


Community Enterprise for Success has launched a new publication to promote networking amongst voluntary and community organisations in Solihull.CEFS Directory_FINAL_04.04.16

The networking directory provides an overview of key services, client case studies and contact information for 15 organisations delivering public health or adult and community services in Solihull.

All the providers profiled in the booklet participated in a business development programme commissioned by Solihull Council and Solihull Together for Better Lives and identified the need for improved knowledge of one another’s services.

The directory aims to showcase areas of expertise, raise awareness amongst local providers and commissioners, facilitate better referrals between organisations, and create a foundation for collaborative working leading to improved outcomes for Solihull citizens.

Download the directory here or request a printed copy by contacting Development in Social Enterprise CIC – email or call 0121 667 6810.

Commissioning & Procurement – the Solihull Council Way

Workshop notes

Anneke ClarkeOur thanks to Lorna Ferguson and Anneka Clarke for taking us through public sector commissioning and procurement and sharing their top tips for tendering.

Here are their presentation slides and handouts from the session delivered on 13th January 2016.

Lorna Ferguson, Solihull Council, IAA&S Project Lead

Anneke Clarke, Solihull Community Housing, Procurement Manager


Other handouts

Safeguarding Adults

Social Capital, Social Value Presentation

Equality & Diversity Presentation


Tender portals

Free tender portals:

Solihull My Life Portal – is your organisation listed?

socialactivities_nmenuLaunched in 2015 – – has been developed to help individuals and families to find information, advice and support about services in Solihull as well as learn how to get involved in and participate in local activities.

Local providers of health and social care services can list details of what they offer in the ‘Solihull Directory’ free of charge. Search categories include ‘Health & Wellbeing’, ‘Housing’, ‘Difficult times’, ‘Advice agencies’ and ‘Things to do’.

Register for the portal here

If you’re already on the portal, is your entry up to date?

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

Procurement opportunities with Solihull Community Housing

AnnekeWe were delighted to welcome Solihull Community Housing’s procurement team to the CEFS Networking Event on 18 November at the new Enterprise Zone in Smith’s Wood. 

Solihull Community Housing (SCH) is an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) that was established in April 2004 to takeover the management of housing services on behalf of Solihull Council. SCH’s responsibilities include the management and maintenance of the Council’s housing stock which consists of approximately 11,000 properties. This portfolio includes houses, maisonettes, high rise and low rise flats, sheltered accommodation and community centres.

Anneke Clarke, Procurement Manager at SCH, gave a short talk on how they buy services, the procurement stages and timescales, and ended with her top tips for completing PQQs (Pre Qualification Questionnaires) and Tender applications. 

If you couldn’t make it, don’t worry. Here are the presentation slides and a useful handout which includes a list of tender opportunities which are going to be issued in 2016:

Never miss a tender opportunity by signing up to receive e-alerts from CSW-JETS – Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire’s joint e-tendering system. It’s free and anyone can subscribe.

Anneke will be back on 13 January 2016 to co-deliver a more in-depth workshop on public sector procurement. To attend this session, register here.


SEWM 5th Annual Social Enterprise Awards

Nominations are open!

The SEWM Social Enterprise Awards will be taking place on 19th November at The University of Birmingham again this year! This is the 5th annual celebration to recognise the successes and achievements of social enterprises and sector supporters across the West Midlands region with 10 award categories.

“The Careers Network at the University of Birmingham is delighted to be sponsoring and hosting the Social Enterprise Awards 2015. It will be a fantastic evening of celebrations. We encourage all to take part and attend.”

SEWM CIC want you to get involved, show your pride for the sector and get nominating!

Nominate your organisation, a favourite social enterprise or a sector supporter in the following categories:

  • SE PEOPLE – A fabulous organisation that contributes to the community
  • SE PLANET – An organisation that is really 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 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)

SEWM will also be presenting two special recognition awards on the evening:

  • SE INSPIRE – awarded to an individual or body is leading the way and breaking new ground in the sector
  • SE ASPIRE – awarded to an individual or body is a social enterprise best practice exemplar

Deadline for nominations: 12th November (5pm)

All the nominated social enterprises that are winners in their category will be given a celebratory award trophy, framed certificate and feature in our media and PR releases.

Who are you going to nominate?

You can nominate your own organisation / yourself or why not nominate one of the many social enterprises based or operating in Solihull. Take a look at these short video case studies for inspiration.


For more information about the SEWM Social Enterprise Awards 2015  visit 

November’s Newsletter is out!


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



North Solihull Partnership Funding Opportunities

Socio-Economic Workstream Grants Programme Now Open

The Socio Economic Workstream (SEWS) is one of the groups which supports the delivery of the North Solihull Partnership. The SEWS focuses on how to deliver Social and Economic improvements across the North Solihull regeneration area. To aid the delivery of these improvements the workstream is responsible for a small pot of funding.

Main Grants Programme

Funded projects must improve the economic prospects of North Solihull residents

Previously funded projects have included:

  • A small grants programme for start up businesses in North Solihull
  • A programme of enterprise development to stimulate new business start ups in North Solihull
  • A project to maximise local (North Solihull) employment opportunities in large scale employment contracts
  • An enterprise project delivered with local schools
  • Apprenticeship schemes, including working with local VCS organisations

Projects funded should be able to demonstrate how the investment will deliver real and sustained change in North Solihull.

How to apply

Further information can be requested from the Economic Development Team at Solihull Council via:

Completed applications must be returned by Friday 16 January 2014.

Please note: The funding is dependant on the approval of the North Solihull Partnership’s 2015/16 Plan, so no final decision, or endorsement of applications will be made until after this has occurred.


Academy for Young Engineers proposed for Chelmsley Wood

Public Consultation

A  public consultation has opened on plans to develop a second WMG Academy for Young Engineers in Chelmsley Wood.

The proposed new school will focus on engineering with science and is being supported by organisations including the University of Warwick, Solihull Council and a large number of local employers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Controls and Data Services, ARUP, Prodrive and Dassault Systemes.

The key employer partners will help to shape the curriculum and the project-based learning approach of the new Academy. Pupils will take a problem-solving, practical approach to learning by working on real-world problems, set by the employer partners.

The people and organisations involved in the development of the new Academy want to hear views about their plans from local employers, potential parents and students, the local community and other interested parties.

The Academy will be part of a new and exciting “learning campus” catering for 640 pupils, aged 14 to 19 from East Birmingham and Solihull. It is planned that the school will be located in a new building on land to the north of Chelmsley Road and to the south on Conway Road, Chelmsley Wood.

The Academy partners are keen to encourage employers, potential students and parents and other key stakeholders to respond to the consultation. Meetings with a range of key stakeholders are planned and there will also be a public meeting in the next few weeks. The consultation deadline is 5pm, Friday 30th November, 2014.

Chief Executive of the WMG Academy Trust, Dr Richard Hutchins said: “This is an important stage in the development of our second WMG Academy. We really want to hear the views of all sectors of the community. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response from employers, students and parents to our first WMG Academy in Coventry, which opened its doors last month. There is a clear desire from both local and global employers to find employable young people with both technical and business skills. They realise that they have a role to play within this, which starts within education.

“Our goal is to enable students from across Birmingham and Solihull to access to the same high-quality, innovative teaching we will be providing in the WMG Academy in Coventry; giving them the chance to gain technical qualifications alongside the national curriculum and gaining important business skills such as team-work, problem-solving and leadership.”

Have your say

The Warwick Manufacturing Group Academy Trust has organised a drop in consultation event between 6pm and 8pm on Monday 3rd November at North Solihull Sports Centre, so that residents can found out more about what is being proposed.

Details about the consultation process and a questionnaire can be found on the WMG website,


Tender for floating support gypsies and travellers

Tender opportunity for floating support services for gypsies and travellers has just been published by Solihull Council.

The opportunity is for a one year contract with an option to extend (subject to longer term funding) for two further years.

See the council’s presentation here 14 Gypsies Travellers Dec 13

Enquiries should only be directed to the following SMBC officers:

The tender is an electronic tender opportunity and is on the following portal

Best of luck!