Use Your Purchasing Power to Support People and the Planet
When you choose to buy from social enterprises you are choosing to help them tackle a wide variety of social and environmental issues; but that doesn’t mean you are being asked to compromise on quality in order to do some good. Social enterprises are businesses, looking to make a surplus to invest in achieving their social objectives. They are as committed to proving competitively-priced, high quality goods and services as any other business – and they are equally keen to gain your loyal custom and approval. The added-value you are getting is knowing that any surplus they make is being used to support people and the planet rather than to create personal wealth.
Individuals and organisations – public and private sector, charities and social enterprises – can all choose to use their purchasing power for good.
Shop for Change
You can sign a Pledge to Shop for Change and find out what goods and services are available from social enterprises.
Buy for Good
Public sector organisations can ensure their procurement is delivering Social Value by working through Buy for Good.
Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter holds occasional markets, allowing you to browse a wide variety of stalls to look for tasty treats, great gifts and original offers. You can chat to the inspiring social entrepreneurs manning the stalls about the work they do – and even book yourself a health check. Keep an eye on our News & Events page for details of the next one.
Digbeth-based Social Enterprises
There are over 50 social enterprises based in the Digbeth area, offering a wide variety of goods and services. These are some of them:
BITA Pathways (mental health charity, enterprises and education)
Citizen Coaching (coaching and anger management)
Citizen Click (website design)
Change Kitchen (vegan food)
Craftspace (crafts development)
Digbeth Trust (support and funding for social enterprises and community organisations)
Health Exchange (health and wellbeing)
iSE (support for individual social enterprises and capacity-building for the sector)
SIFA Fireside (homelessness and alcohol misuse)
Out of the Woodwork (upcycled furniture)
Ubuntu CIC (handmade bread and other foods)
Made By Young People (printing, business stationery, promotional banners and clothing)
RNR (project and organisational support for social enterprises)
Spot On Marketing & Communications (marketing, PR, event management)