Social Value Action Learning Programme

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New for 2014 is our ‘Social Value Action Learning Programme’ which aims to take a group of VCOs and social enterprises through the ‘real time’ process of measuring their social impact.

Ten places are available for Solihull organisations that are eager to evidence their added value but perhaps have struggled to get started or feel overwhelmed by the process.

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‘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


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)

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


Enter and View Officer – Healthwatch Solihull Job Opportunity

Healthwatch Solihull is a new consumer champion focusing on health and social care in the borough of Solihull.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Senior Enter & View Officer. This is a full time role.

Salary : £24,000 to £29,625 per annum.

The role of the Healthwatch Solihull Senior Enter & View Officer is to find out local people’s views on health and social care services, and to feed these back to service commissioners and providers. This will be achieved by carrying out community engagement activities, and networking with representatives of service commissioners and providers in order to achieve the aims and objectives of the Healthwatch Solihull.

The Senior Enter & View Officer will also take lead responsibility for providing expert guidance and advice to the Healthwatch Solihull Management Board on the development of the Healthwatch Solihull’s Work Plan, based on knowledge and understanding of local and national issues in health and social care.

The Senior Enter & View Officer will be expected to project manage Healthwatch Solihull activities, including commissioning projects from external providers when appropriate, and monitoring the projects carried out by external providers.

Working with the Healthwatch Solihull Administrator and other host the Senior Enter & View Officer will enable appropriate communications with Healthwatch Solihull Management Board members, Healthwatch Solihull members, local stakeholders and the wider community.  This will include publicity materials where appropriate and maintaining awareness of local networks and community groups so communication with these groups can take place. The Senior Enter & View Officer will also build effective working relationships with the local media.

The Senior Enter & View Officer will additionally support Healthwatch Solihull to work within the agreed governance framework, and with support from other host staff, keep abreast of legislative changes that may affect Healthwatch Solihull.

The role also requires quarterly reporting of Healthwatch Solihull activities and outcomes for contract monitoring purposes.

All applicants will need to have two references and undergo Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Clearance.

For an application pack please apply today (CV’s alone will not be considered) to

Closing Date for Applications: 3rd May 2013 at 12noon.

Interviews will be held 14th May 2013.


Comic Relief Community Cash

Comic Relief Community Cash

Red Nose Day Community Cash grants of £500 – £1,000 are available to small organisations in Solihull, Birmingham and the Black Country that are doing great work to help local people who are disadvantaged through low income, rural or social isolation, age, disability, race, sexuality or gender.

The grants are available to community organisations, registered charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, faith organisations and community interest companies. Groups which have been established for less than 12 months, are eligible to apply. The closing date for applications is Friday 8th March 2013 at 3pm. Please follow this link for more information

Birmingham and Solihull Talent Match Open for Expressions of Interest

A quick post to say, if you are an organisation working to support young people then the Talent Match programme needs you. The Talent Match is a £7.5m lottery funded programme of support over 5 years.

The lottery have invited the Greater Birmingham and Solihull partnership to submit a full two year business plan and the lead and accountable body is now looking for expressions of interest from suitably qualified organisations.

See this link for further information


Green Deal- Solihull – 5 Reasons why Solihull’s Third Sector Organisations Should Attend

UPDATE SMBC have informed me that this event is now CANCELLED see below for info on what is replacing it.

There are some interesting opportunities for developing third sector enterprise coming through the Green Deal initiative. The Green Deal basically makes it cost effective for individuals to install energy efficiency solutions such as solar panels in their homes and this is a business / enterprise opportunity for your organisation or people you work with. Here’s five reasons we think it would be good for you to attend:

  1. its a great opportunity to develop enterprise in installation and maintenance of things such as Photo Voltaic panels – a market that is growing and is predicted to grow for many years to come!
  2. you get to see some great energy efficiency equipment and hear how it works
  3. you get to hear about a great new collective energy buying scheme that will reduce your clients energy bills
  4. you will get to hear how we can help you develop enterprise that takes hold of this opportunity and developing market
  5. it won’t cost you anything [well okay and hour and half]

We can think of more good reasons, but we’re sure you can too!

Date: 27th Feb

Time: 10.00 – 11.30am

Venue: New World Home Energy Centre, Unit 11 Waterloo Industrial Estate, Burhill Way, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, B37 6RF

To register your interest to attend this event, please go to

Development manager for the new School for Social Entrepreneurs – WM

An exciting and challenging opportunity exists for an individual looking to take the lead role in establishing a new School for Social Entrepreneurs in the West Midlands.

The Development Manager has overall responsibility for establishing and managing the new School for Social Entrepreneurs – West Midlands (SSEWM) with a focus on business development, profile-raising and team management.

Application: CV and personal statement outlining suitability for the post

Deadline: 5pm, Friday 1st March 2013

First Interviews: 14th March 2013 – location TBC

Second interviews: 22nd March 2013- location TBC

Applications to: Leah McPherson, Network Manager at Central SSE

Further information: Contact Leah McPherson on 020 7089 9120

See job description here

Solihull Council’s Community Enterprise for Success Programme

CEFS2This is a STICKY post look down the page for recent posts.

Free [fully funded] Enterprise Support for Existing Voluntary and Community Groups in *Solihull

Community Enterprise for Success is Solihull Council’s programme of support for VCO groups to help build their resilience and become less reliant on grants and more enterprising through trading activities.

Community Enterprise for Success is part funded by Solihull Council and European Regional Development Fund [ERDF]. The programme provides existing voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises [in Solihull] with free bespoke business consultancy.

Support comes from highly qualified business support professionals that really understand the needs of community organisations and is aimed at helping your organisation to become stronger and more sustainable through enterprising activities. You can get help with all aspects of organisation development including:

  • Leadership and GovernanceCEFS.1
  • Business planning
  • Setting up a trading arm
  • Marketing
  • Measuring your social value
  • Feasibility
  • Market analysis
  • Internal improvements
  • Staff development

In this time of change and reductions in funds available to voluntary and community groups is it time that you considered how this programme can help your organisation? It won’t be free forever!

See if you’re organisation is eligible call 0121 704 8097 or email

If you’re a Solihull resident that wants to set up a business there’s a programme of support for you too, call 0121 704 6363  or email