City Drive 2019

Monday, 8 April, 2019

Birmingham became a recognised Social Enterprise City last April and there have been positive responses from within the social enterprise sector, private and public sectors to this accreditation from SEUK.

For 5 years we have campaigned to raise awareness of social enterprise, often through our annual City Drive events. These events showcase and celebrate the incredible social enterprises across Birmingham that contribute to the regional social economy and lead on innovative solutions to social challenges in our city localities.

There is a clear purpose behind City Drive with the following 5 aims adhered to and built on, year-on-year:

  • Start a social enterprise.
  • Work for a social enterprise.
  • Volunteer for a social enterprise.
  • Invest in a social enterprise.
  • Buy from a social enterprise.

How will City Drive 2019 make a difference?

City Drive 2019 is an annual week showcasing social enterprise across Birmingham city, organised by iSE CIC on behalf of supporters, sponsors and the wider sector. This year it is taking place over 6 days for the first time and has 19 events and over 750 ticket places available, many of them free to attend.

A few highlights are:

Birmingham’s only canal boat-hotel, Boatel UK, doing canal tours. There are also walking tours in Digbeth with HS2 and the Birmingham Music Archive will explore the world-famous Jewellery Quarter and its musical hidden gems. There is an Arts Trail, 2 localised micro-funding (one in Digbeth and one in Soho), a SE Festival with over 50 social enterprise trading stands, plus an Ethical Wedding Fair - Birmingham's first we believe!

There are still some places available and you can find all event information here:

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