Inspired by Social Enterprise solutions and SE-UK, and pioneered by the Vine Trust Group, a Community Development Trust, The Walsall Social Enterprise Zone is based in the St Matthews' Youth Quarter, forming a new hub of enterprise at the heart of Walsall, providing a unique combination of office, community accommodation and businesssupport services, building a dynamic cluster of like-minded people and enterprises who can be supported and support each other.
Start-up enterprises are more likely to survive and prosper working in supportive and interactive business environment - this is our mission. With the completion of £3m new Goldmine Youth Enterprise Centre The Vine Trust, a successful charity and social enterprise, working with its partners, Walsall Borough Council, Trade Walsall, Norton & Proffitt etc are at the forefront of this exciting new opportunity.
Although this zone is focused on an area between the Vine Trust's new Goldmine facility and The Vine's in Lower Hall Lane, Walsall, the model is being rolled out across the country.
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Social Enterprise Zones to be created in the Black Country
Social enterprises can provide a key to kick-starting the economy and increasing employment opportunities, according to a business powerhouse.
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership is leading the way nationally after it unveiled its intention to launch Social Enterprise Zones as an innovative way of supporting growth and creating jobs.
The Black Country LEP board has set the wheels in motion for a sub-group focussed purely on social enterprise to be created. And the sub-group, to be chaired by new LEP board member Dr Chris Handy, will set out its vision for social enterprise zones to be created in the Black Country.
Following the creation of the government's enterprise zones for business, the Black Country LEP is looking to create zones where social enterprises have a platform to flourish. St Matthew's Youth Quarter in Walsall and The Third Place in Halesowen have already been earmarked as two social enterprise zones that can anchor the concept.
Dr Chris Handy, the Black Country LEP's lead on social enterprises, said:
"The Black Country really is taking the national lead on social enterprise. We recognise that social enterprises can play a key role in boosting the economy, encouraging entrepreneurialism and creating jobs. The concept of Social Enterprise Zones is still in its infancy but the projects in Walsall and Halesowen are moving forward and could give us the cornerstone to develop a wider, joined up concept."
Kevin Davis, Chief Executive of The Vine Trust Group and zone pioneer, said:
"The sites in Walsall and Halesowen in Dudley borough are ready made to become social enterprise zones but we also have sites in Wolverhampton and Sandwell which we believe can also become zones to ensure the offer is there for the whole of the Black Country region. Through the LEP and its private and public sector links, we believe we can progress this idea swiftly and see results in the very near future."
Beyond the Black Country we have been working with West Of England LEP in rolling out the model across the country.
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