The Number 1 Networking Event Blog for Social Enterprise in Birmingham and the Midlands


Join us and our networking partner, Social Enterprise West Midlands, as we run out next networking event in Dudley.

Social Enterprise Mentor is the Midlands leading networking event for social enterprise providing social entrepreneurs and social enterprises a regular event to help them exchanging ideas, best practice and expertise. Once a month our informal ‘non sell’ networking event provides the sector with an opportunity to work closer together, develop partnerships and collaborate on large and small scale projects – it is a great way to build business relationships!
Our networking events are open to all with an interest or an involvement in social enterprise – ideal for start ups, entrepreneurs, enterprises, funders and supporters. The event is also a great way for people wanting to take their first steps towards social enterprise, such as, students, graduates, community projects or SMEs.

Dudley, West Midlands – Register Here (via Social Enterprise West Midlands)

Date: 10th September 2.00 to 4.00pm, with optional lunch starting at 1pm

Venue: DY1 (formerly Stafford Street Day Centre), Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT

About our Host/Sponsor:

Our host is the DY1 Centre, an asset transfer building run by Dudley CVS and home to a range of organisations, including our sponsor for the event Cloudberry and PSIAMS.


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Birmingham City Drive

Birmingham’s Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter launches “City Drive” in April with a fantastic array of events across Digbeth and the City. A series of free talks, walks and PopUps’ provide a great opportunity for this in or interested in Social Enterprise to get involved and find out more.

The full current programme is available here with updates available on the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter’s website here.

Each day has a theme and there are over 15 events to join in including Health, Women’s Enterprise, Social Enterprise Walks, as well as, opportunities to:

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

Join us a host of organisations to celebrate Social Enterprise in Birmingham – if you are online you can follow events via Twitter with #BrumCityDrive


March Networking Event



Birmingham, Jewellery Quarter Register Here

Date: 19th March 2.30 to 4.00pm

Venue: Saint Kitchen, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham B1 1QS

About our Host/Sponsor:

Our host is “Located in the beautiful and iconic St. Paul’s Square, Saint Kitchen is a stylish coffee shop-come-deli dedicated to serving up some of the best coffee in the business….In addition to the heavenly coffee, Saint Kitchen is also renowned for its fantastic lunch menu, with a steady stream of loyal regulars piling in every day to gorge themselves on an array of delicious, and artistically presented, food.” taken from Independent Birmingham 

Our sponsor, Citizen Coaching, are holding the launch of their new Big Lottery Funded Anger Management programme in Birmingham. The event will give organisations the opportunity to meet the team and find out more about how you can access this new service.

Social Enterprise Mentor



Welcome to a new look SEM Website and a new year of networking events…and more!

We start the year with a Mentor on the Move event, run by our networking partners SEWM CIC, as we take a trip to the Talent Navigator Enterprise Hub in Walsall.

In February, we are planning an event in the Jewellery Quarter to promote a new Lottery Funded project…more details to follow in the coming days.

Our networking events will be of interest to: staff from social enterprises, social entrepreneurs, community projects, SMEs, funders, students, graduates and supporters of the movement – all who wish to share their stories, business practices and exchange ideas and expertise.


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Walsall – register here

Date: Thursday 29th January, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Venue: Talent Navigator Hub, Walsall, 36 Navigation Street, Walsall, WS2 9LT

About our Host/Sponsor: Talent Navigator Hub, is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial businesses to grow, develop and thrive in and around Walsall, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley. The Hub helps entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial business to become more successful by providing a stimulating and high quality co-working business environment.



Birmingham – Register Here

Date: 26th February 2.00 to 4.00pm

Venue: Aston Business School, Conference Aston, The Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET

About our Host: BSEEN offers students and graduates a great package of intensive start-up support for new ventures. Successful participants benefit from a variety of workshops, networking opportunities, tailored mentoring, grant and work space at Birmingham Science Park Aston, Birmingham City University or the University of Birmingham.

Please note the Jewellery Quarter event scheduled for this day will now take place in March.

Happy Social Enterprise Day



Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship week takes place from the 17-23 November 2013. As part of the celebration there are a number of events taking places across the Midlands and country. We have listed a few local events below that may be of interest but you can get a full list here of events across the UK.


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18th November 2014 time and venue TBC

Event planned for 18th November…further details available soon.

Click here for further information on DSEQ event.


Social Enterprise West Midlands’ 4th Annual SE Awards

20 November, 2014, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The SEWM SE Awards takes place on the 20th November 2014 and gives all those interested in or working in the sector to celebrate Social Enterprise successes.

Click here for nomination and further information 


Mentor on the Move with SEWM CIC

21 November, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Social Enterprise West Midlands are heading to Coventry University Social Enterprise for a free social enterprise networking event. The networking takes place at The Riley Lounge, Richard Crossman Building. Coventry University, Jordan Well, Coventry, CV1 5RW

Click for further information and to book. 


Our networking partners SEWM CIC are holding two Social Enterprise Mentor on the Move events in May and June: Stoke and Birmingham.

These events will be of interest to: social enterprises, social entrepreneurs, community projects, SMEs, funders, students, graduates and supporters to share their stories, business practices and exchange ideas and expertise.


Stoke on Trent – register here

Thursday 22nd May, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Lister Trade Frames, Unit 2, Govan Rd, Fenton Industrial Estate, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2RS ‎


Birmingham –  register here

Thursday 19th June 2014, 2:30pm-4:30pm

The Signing Tree Conference Centre, Ladywood Road, Birmingham, B16 8SZ


Coming up a special After Work Social Enterprise Mentor…not to be missed, more details soon!



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