Addressing BAME Economic Inequality - the role of social investment in harmessing economic growth

On the 3rd March 2017 V4CE together with Black South West Network (BSWN), Social Investment Business (SIB) and the legal firm Burgess Salmon hosted a half day event to look at exploring the role of social investment across the BAME sector. To address BAME economic inequality and the viability of this route for our communities.

During the session, we heard from Sado Jirde, Director of BSWIN and also one of Trustees gave an overview of the situation in Bristol and the purpose of the day. Kunle Olulode our Director gave a national perspective and talked about the very real challenges and barriers that exist. This was followed by an input from Amy Zawislak, From Social Investment Business who outlined the opportunities available around Big Potential. This part of the day was concluded with a short Q & A.

After a break, we looked at case studies of successful social enterprises running in Bristol and heard from Clayton Planter from Street to Boardroom and Poku Osei Director of Babbasa which was facilitated by Kalpna Woolf, from 91 Ways to build a global city. This was followed by workshops where participants looked at whether social investment was viable for their group/organisation. They also examined whether this was suitable for certain kinds of groups (such as those who sell products or services) and finally what support was needed to make this meaningful and successful.

The day concluded some closing comments from Councillor Asher Craig, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods on Bristol City Council and one of the original founders of V4CE. Altogether approximately fifty people attended the half-day session. Notes and feedback from the workshops will be available soon. We'd like to thank all our Bristol based partners and SIB for making this important event happen.