West Midlands Social Enterprise Awards




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!




  • 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



As the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme continues to go from strength to strength, Aston Business School announces the recruitment of new participants for a sixth cohort.


This innovative fully funded programme designed to unlock the economic and job creation potential of small businesses and social enterprises, is delivered by Aston Business School in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and it is targeted at the owners of small businesses and the most senior decision makers in social enterprises who have clear ambitions to expand.

The aim of the programme is to provide participants with practical tools and resources to help them lay the foundations to grow their businesses. This support includes attendance at twelve high quality, practically-focussed business and management education modules, delivered by Aston Business School, plus a range of other tailor-made support services e.g. specialist workshops, one to one business support including a tailored business growth plan and becoming part of a growing alumni of like-minded business leaders both regionally and nationally.

The on-going success of 10,000 Small Businesses, is at the heart of a report launched earlier in the year. The report, entitled Stimulating Small Business Growth, charts the rise of the first 250 businesses to have completed the intensive four month Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme. Data collected independently from programme alumni, indicates that the intervention is helping participants grow jobs and turnover, with impressive results.


A total of 109 business leaders completed our first four programmes successfully between November 2011 and July 2013. Our fifth programme is currently underway with thirty participants and we are now seeking up to thirty business owners or senior decision makers of social enterprises to apply for the sixth cohort due to start in March 2014.  Through the on-going success of the programme, we are proud to be developing a growth orientated network of influential business leaders across the Midlands.

I would welcome your support in helping us to promote this innovative programme to your business contacts. The Applicant Information Leaflet provides information about the programme and how interested parties can apply. If however you would like us to prepare a bespoke piece for your business e-newsletter or your business portal about the programme, or you would like one of my team to come along and brief your business contacts at a forthcoming event please contact Andrea Law on 0121 204 3899 or email: a.law@aston.ac.uk.

For full details of how to apply to join the programme, together with a link to the online application form and submission deadlines please visit our website: www.aston.ac.uk/10ksb.  Alternatively, application information can be requested by email from 10ksb@aston.ac.uk or by phoning 0121 204 3225. To note, the closing date for applications is Thursday 12th December (noon), 2013.


We will also be holding a number of Preview Events, during October and November offering those interested in applying to the programme the opportunity to understand how it can benefit them and their business, meet the delivery team, hear from a past participant, ask questions and network with other likeminded business owners. Dates for these events are listed on the right.


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 business@solihull.gov.uk

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 eleanor.cappell@youngfoundation.org), 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.

Thinking of applying to Santander (SEDA) then this is for you!

Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) – West Midlands Region – workshop for potential applicants

Tuesday 7th May from 9:45am to 12:00pm at BBCCF, Nechells Baths, Nechells Park Road, Nechells, Birmingham, B7 5PD

Event Description:
After a highly successful first year, the Santander Awards are running again this year and will open for applications in late Spring 2013. BBCCF is delighted to be managing the Awards for the East & West Midlands region.

Before this fund is open and we start to accept applications, Santander and BBCCF would like to invite you to a FREE EVENT where we want to share learning from the first year and what makes a successful application. We hope this will encourage you to enter and also help you to strengthen your applications

To book a place please email team@bbccf.org.uk or call 0121 322 5560

Does Your Business Need a Kickstart?

Do you run a Voluntary Organisation, Social Enterprise, Public Sector Organisation or Micro Business [1-9 employees] in Solihull?

Solihull Council’s Kickstart Project is offering  a wage subsidy to local businesses that create new jobs for unemployed young people aged 16-17 years who live in North Solihull.

The jobs must:

  • be 25 hours per week
  • Paid at the natiional minimum wage rate of £3.68 per hour
  • last between 3- 6months

Eligible businesses will receive a wage subsidy of 100% paid retrospectively in Monthly installments.

Register your business or find out more contact the Employment and Skills Team, Solihull Council: