For a decade now, Initiative for Social Enterprise (iSE CIC) has facilitated an annual Social Enterprise Drive – a series of events bringing together and promoting the Social Enterprise sector. Over the last 10 years, this annual week-long programme of events has focused on Birmingham city and the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter.

This year, it’s looking a little different…

A N N O U N C I N G SOCIAL ECONOMY DRIVE 2023 – a celebration of all things social enterprise and social economy growth across the West Midlands!

Supported by West Midlands Combined Authority, along with Power to Change, SED2023 is one of the building blocks in the West Midlands Social Economy Growth strategy as outlined in the ‘Growing the Social Economy in the WMCA Area: A Framework for Action’.

#SED2023 is going BIG with 7 local authority localities bringing their social economy might to a packed programme of Meet the Buyer, workshops, networking, and exchange meet ups, all focused on bringing together stakeholders and social enterprises, commissioners, businesses and entrepreneurs who are passionate about ‘growing the regional social economy’.

iSE CIC is delighted to be curating a series of events for Birmingham as part of the SED23 programme - more details will be released through our mailing list in the next few weeks. If you're not already signed up, you can do so at


1) Put the date in your diary - anchor some quality SED2023 time into your calendar.

2) Share & save the date - forward this email to sector colleagues and stakeholders.

3) Spread the word - use the media pack attached to promote on social media and newsletters.

4) Be part of an event - we're seeking social economy organisations that might want to lead a talk or seminar, exhibit in a marketplace event or attend as a participant. Let us know if you'd like to give your organisation a platform and be part of it. Email [email protected]  for more information.

5) Sponsor an event - we're always on the lookout for event supporters and sponsors, and with our partnership with the WMCA this is a fantastic opportunity to put your name to something BIG.

Birmingham based? Email [email protected]  for more or, if you're in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Coventry, Solihull, Walsall or Solihull email [email protected]