Sport and social enterprise in West Midlands – learning from each other

This is the title of the presentation that Sallie Ryan, Partnerships and Membership Manager, Social Enterprise West Midlands will be giving at the conference Enterprise and Collaboration – The way forward for community sport and physical activity in the West Midlands.

The event takes place on 28th April 2015 at Signing Tree Conference Centre, Ladywood, Birmingham B16 8SZ.

This is a one-day event focussing on how community sports providers can meet the challenges and benefit from new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives, the political landscape and the economic situation

Delegates will come from community sports clubs, community trust at professional sports clubs, governing bodies of sport, local authorities, community sports trusts, informal sports providers, community sports enterprises, sports governing bodies, community groups and other community sports providers.

Sallie Ryan’s presentation will answer the question, what is a social enterprise? It is about doing business differently, Social Value and traded services. A balanced model of delivery with traded services included as a major part of business practices.

The opportunities and challenges for social enterprise will also be covered – with the pressures faced as less public money is invested into non-statutory services like the arts/sports so social enterprises provides an opportunity to deliver more for the public pound.

Key to social enterprise success is identifying and designing services that the market will pay for, including commissioning organisations, public bodies like local authorities and frontline customers/service users.

Sallie will cover the power of positive collaboration across sectors and show examples of innovative sports enterprise examples from across West Midlands.

Sallie Ryan has 30 years’ experience working across a range of sectors including business consultancy, charitable, financial services, creative and social enterprise, including 10 years’ experience specialising in value for money, continuous improvement and general consultancy.  ,

SEWM CIC is the leading regional network for social enterprise, social business and social value in the West Midlands.

For further information about this event contact Svend Elkjaer on 01423 326 660. email or go to

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