Innovative programme now recruiting health and social care social enterprises and mentors

Posted on 8 December 2017 (Permalink)

An innovative programme working to link start up social enterprises with a Health and Social Care Enterprise Hub, supported by WMAHSN and iSE, is now recruiting for the second wave of social enterprises to join. 

The HealthFUSE programme has been running since September 2017, and now has 13 social enterprises in iSE's Digbeth hub. The current cohort contains a diverse group of organisations and social entrepreneurs, with an equally diverse group of business ideas. 

FUSE18, due to start on 1 February 2018, is advertising for more social entrepreneurs to join, which are expected to feature a strong focus on health, wellbeing and social care. iSE provides the successful organisations with a tailored programme to raise their profile and support their access to the NHS and social care supply chain in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. The six-month programme will provide:

  • A themed masterclass one evening per month, covering key elements of business start up such as marketing, finance, business planning and choosing the correct legal structure
  • Access to a mentor
  • Hot desking space at iSE’s offices based in the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter
  • The option to register their business address at the Hub.

A key element of the FUSE programme has been to link the developing social enterprises with mentors who can provide advice, support and challenge. All mentors volunteer their time and skills and come with a diverse set of skills and experience. Demand for one-to-one mentors remains strong and iSE is currently recruiting suitable mentors, especially those with an understanding of how health and social care commissioning and contracting structures work.

If you are interested in either applying for FUSE18 or becoming a mentor, contact Simon Veasey, Director of Business Development, on 07983 559266 or 0121 771 1411 or email