The Women's Enterprise Hub

The hub is located in the centre of Birmingham and is a partnership between Birmingham City Council and South & City College Birmingham. It is designed to improve confidence, skill levels, encourage new start up's and the growth of existing women owned businesses.
Phase 1 of the hub has a particular focus on Asian fashion and design, provides courses, training and business development support to new and existing women in businesses. Phase 2 of the hub (subject to funding and location) is expected to open in early 2014 and will involve the provision of retail space, hot desks, start-up units, grow on space for existing businesses, business development, mentoring and coaching support.

Fashion courses

The Women's Enterprise Hub is located in the Fusion Centre, alongside the college's fashion department. You will get to bring your ideas to life in our state-of-the-art facilities with outstanding resources, working alongside highly skilled tutors who bring real industry experience to the classroom.

These courses will introduce you to the bespoke and couture aspect of the fashion industry. We aim to develop your creative and communication skills to enable you to become an entrepreneur.

Phase 2 of the hub (subject to funding and location) is expected to open in early 2014 and will involve the provision of retail space, hot desks, start-up units, grow on space for existing businesses, business development, mentoring and coaching support.

Support includes:

For pre-start ups

  • Access to NVQ, BTEC and degree level business
  • courses and programmes including bilingual
  • courses
  • Motivational and basic business concept
  • workshops
  • Self-employment advice seminars
  • Work placements, internships, apprenticeships
  • Development of market place

Through:

  • Business learning within Central Library
  • College funded programmes and courses
  • Department for Work and Pensions funded
  • programmes
  • Enterprise catalyst programme
  • Prince's Trust pre-support programmes

For start ups

  • Business planning advice and guidance
  • Business skills development through mentoring
  • and coaching
  • Access to finance
  • Marketing and branding
  • Advice and support on business regulation
  • Access to shared incubator space, hot desk
  • facility and premises support
  • Through:
  • Aston Reinvestment Trust loan support
  • Birmingham Chamber training start-up
  • programme
  • Business learning within Central Library
  • Enterprise catalyst programme
  • Enterprise Zone business support package
  • Princes' Trust enterprise programmes
  • Start-up loan fund
  • Winning Moves growth accelerator-mentoring
  • and coaching

For existing businesses

  • Business development support
  • Access to finance
  • Business skills development through
  • mentoring and coaching
  • Product and market development
  • Development of international trade opportunities
  • Premises support
  • Procurement opportunities for SME's
  • Recruitment support and advice

Through:

  • Aston Reinvestment Trust loan funds
  • Business development programme
  • Employment Access Team targeted recruitment
  • and training support
  • Enterprise Zone business support package
  • Finance Birmingham loan and equity fund
  • Green Bridge supply chain programme
  • Winning Moves growth accelerator-mentoring
  • and coaching
  • Princes' Trust enterprise programmes
  • Procurement support through FinditinBirmingham
  • UKTI international trade development support