Useful Links

Here are some links to websites which contain content we think you’ll find of interest. Spot On is not responsible for the content of external websites.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing is the leading international body for marketing and business development. The CIM provides marketing qualifications and training and plays a key role in developing the profession.

The CIPR is the professional body for the UK public relations industry, providing PR training and events, PR news and research.

The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) is the professional body for designers, which exists to promote concern for the sound principles of design in all areas in which design considerations apply. It engages with design users as well as providers.

ART Business Loans
ART Business Loans is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), constituted like an old-fashioned building society, which offers loans to social enterprises trading in Birmingham and Solihull. ART loans can be used for any ‘business’ purpose, including to support cashflow. This can be particularly useful for social enterprises delivering public sector contracts, where the results have to be evidenced before payment is made. All money repaid in loans is reinvested in more loans.

Birmingham & Solihull Social Economy Consortium (BSSEC) is a practitioner-led network of agencies and enterprises involved in the social economy in Birmingham and Solihull. Members are keen to support the growth and development of the sector. They share information, collaborate to deliver projects and seek to inform national, regional and local policy.

BVSC supports voluntary action in the city of Birmingham. It provides information, advice and guidance to third sector organisations. BVSC also
promotes volunteering, by finding individuals appropriate voluntary work and helping organisations to find volunteers.

iSE is the leading social enterprise support organisation working throughout the West Midlands. Based in Birmingham, iSE offers help for those wanting to start, grow or sustain a social enterprise. It is both a strategic organisation, which undertakes extensive research into the needs of and nature of the sector, and an operational organisation concerned with service delivery and capacity building. i-se is also a social firm, dedicated to offering meaningful employment to people who are disadvantaged in the open labour market.

Social Enterprise West Midlands is the independent voice and business network for social enterprises in the West Midlands.

Social Enterprise UK is the national body for social enterprise. It represents a wide range of social enterprises, regional and national support networks and other related organisations.