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January 6, 2010    

Social Enterprise boost in West Midlands

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by David Masters
Social Enterprise boost for West Midlands

Social enterprise in the West Midlands received a boost this week with the launch of a Forum for the sector’s specialist advisers to share skills and expertise.

The Forum, set up by the Social Enterprise Centre of Expertise (SECOE), plans to increase the level of support offered to social entrepreneurs in and around Birmingham.

“This forum will act as a peer network of people committed to helping social enterprises realise their potential,” said Laurence Green, Skills Development Broker at SECOE.

“We will look to share best practice, examine current working policies, analyse current and future trends and importantly look at how we can help the specialist agencies develop,” Green said.

“There will also be a focus on bringing partners together to look at ways of creating a support escalator for social enterprises.”

Melanie Mills, also of SECOE, added: “I am very excited by this new project and I get a real buzz from talking to people on the ground, listening to what they want and then using my network of contacts to reflect these thoughts and ensure they affect long-term strategy.”

Green believes social enterprise will be key to helping the West Midlands out of recession.

“Strong economies have an array of business models and I don’t think there can be any doubt that social enterprise is one that is increasingly playing a role in helping to pull the area out of recession,” he said.

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