Calling all Social Enterprises!

Are you a social entrepreneur?

Would you like free consultancy from talented MBA students AND a £200 contribution to your social enterprise?

Distance learning MBA students at Warwick Business School have on average 12 years of managerial experience, and can help you to identify solutions to your operational challenges, such as securing your supply chain, improving business processes, measuring performance or managing your business risk.

In return for their free advice, you will help these professionals to understand social enterprise better, and also gain £200 for your business. Sounds like a win-win to me!

See the flyer below for more information, and to get involved, please email Haley Beer ( by 30 June 2017.

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Custard Factory Courtyard – Inauguration Weekend

When: Saturday 17 June, all day
Where: Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA

We recently tweeted about the work taking place to convert the Custard Factory pool into a square…

Well, this Saturday 17 June, the new space (called the Custard Factory Courtyard) will be welcomed with a bumper load of activities and events!

Paperdolls Summer Craft Market
Featuring almost 50 artisans, ranging in skills from ceramics, jewellery and textiles to illustration, stationery and home decor, the Paperdolls Handmade Craft Market is a great place to pick up beautiful and unique handmade gifts. There will be a series of crafting workshops running throughout the day.

Free Children’s Workshops with CircusMASH
An unmissable opportunity to learn circus skills from plate-spinning to juggling, courtesy of CircusMASH! Led by professional performers, the workshops will be a whole heap of fun for children of all ages.

Street Food Saturday
Grab some food at The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen or perhaps a freshly-made sweet treat from Chitty’s Cakes. There will also be a selection of street cuisine available from the Custard Factory Courtyard.

Film Fun
If you’re in need of a sit down after all the activities, The Mockingbird Cinema are showing a Guardians Of The Galaxy double bill. Sorted.
Film tickets are available online here.

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Brexit and the Irish Community

When: Friday 16th June, 16:00-18:30
Where: St. Anne’s, Alcester Street, Digbeth, B12 0PH

Ireland’s Ambassador to the UK, Dan Mulhall, will be visiting St Anne’s this Friday to answer questions on how Brexit may affect the Irish Community in Birmingham.

The session will be moderated by BIHG chairman Risteárd Sinclair. Admission is free and all are welcome; refreshments will be available.

For further information please contact

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The British Street Food Awards 2017 in Digbeth

When: Friday 16 June, 17:00-23:00 | Saturday 17 June, 12:00-23:00
Where: Spotlight & Mama Roux’s, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
Tickets: available online here

The British Street Food Awards return to Digbeth Dining Club this weekend for the regional heats.

Taking place over two days, 15 of the Midlands’ top street food traders will be competing to make it to the national finals in September. This year, the overall winner will also represent Britain in the inaugural European Street Food Awards In Berlin.

DDC Founder Jack Brabant said: “Since we started in 2012, we have had a fantastic relationship with the British Street Food Awards winning top event ourselves and getting to host the finals last year. Birmingham is a recognised place for some of the best food in the country and across Europe. By bringing the heats back, Brummies get another chance to support the locals and also try amazing street food from across the UK.”

For more information, please see the DDC website or the Facebook event page here.

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When: Tuesday 13 June 2017, 09:00–17:30
Where: Birmingham City University, Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Digbeth, B4 7BD
Tickets: free (advance online registration required)

#Rethink2017 is a place for inspirational conversations and critical debate around the evolving face of media, bringing together industry, academics, and students, who will become future contributors in the media sector.

Taking place as part of #DigiCities, this event aims to put a spotlight on emerging trends and up-and-coming players, to facilitate fresh thinking in this ever changing landscape of post-digital, mobile-centric communication.

For more information and the #Rethink2017 speaker line-up, check out the website here.

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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Tuesday 13th June
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Jazz Tuesdays – Monkathon Week 1

Thursday 14th June
Free Entry

Twisted Thursdays

Saturday 17th June
The Night Owl
£5 on the door (includes entry to Dig? club night)

Live music every Saturday night at The Night Owl

Sunday 18th June
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Sunday Classics
Presenting a range of young stars of the future from the classical world, ranging from opera singers to violinists to harpists at the very start of their careers… Be early to get a seat.

Monday 19th June
The Spotted Dog
Free Entry

Birmingham’s biggest and best Traditional Irish Jam Session. All musicians welcome to participate.

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Digbeth Community Garden – June 2017 Update

Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5PG

See updates from the Digbeth Community Garden team in their latest newsletter below:

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Craftspace turns 30!

When: Thursday 22 June 2017, 12:00-16:00
Where: Centrala, 4 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT
Free event, refreshments provided

Craftspace is a charity that uses contemporary craft to develop people, ideas and opportunities.

One of their projects, Shelanu, won the Love Brum vote in April, which is fantastic news for those involved in the project – and indeed Digbeth!

To help celebrate 30 years of Craftspace, the team are holding an open afternoon at Centrala to share their work with you. Artists including Shane Waltener and representatives from Shelanu will all be on hand to help you make a memento of the day.

This is a free event, needing just your curiosity, but for catering purposes, please do register in advance online. For more information about Craftspace, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

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The Big Sleuth

The Big Sleuth, the highly anticipated successor to The Big Hoot, will launch on Monday 10 July, covering Bear-mingham with up to 100 bear sculptures.

The free 10-week public art trail, named because ‘sleuth’ is the collective noun for a group of bears, will showcase the artistic and cultural diversity the city has to offer, and of course Digbeth will be getting its very own bear!

The family-friendly trail is intended to inspire residents and tourists alike to get active by walking, jogging, running or cycling The Big Sleuth Trail.

The giant bears will be sold at auction on Sunday 17 September, with all funds going towards helping the children and young people treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

For more information, see the The Big Sleuth website, Facebook, or Twitter.

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OPM Expansion

Where: 9 Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5JG
When: Thursday to Saturday, 11:30-23:00 | Sunday, 11:30-22:00

Digbeth’s Original Patty Men are expanding!

We all know that OPM offer a meat fix unlike any other, and with a no-reservations policy, diners regularly queue for over an hour for a table. But from October, they’ll be able to wait next door in the comfort of the new bar, Patty Men Extra, receiving a message on their phone when a table is free.

The bar will feature craft beer as well as a small range of cocktails and will serve light snacks like grilled cheese sandwiches and charcuterie boards. Tom and Scott, the team behind OPM, want to highlight the growing microbrewing scene in Birmingham.

Having applied for a change of use and a bar licence, OPM will keep the outdoor seating area between the bar and the restaurant, and open for one more day a week – taking business from Wednesday to Sunday.

Between the two venues, at the back of the outdoor space, the owners plan to build a bakery (perhaps out of shipping crates) so they can make their own burger buns and become almost self-sufficient.

We wish the team all the best of luck, and will keep you updated with OPM news. In the meantime, you can visit the OPM website, like them on Facebook, or follow the guys on Twitter.

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