Social enterprise welcomes Swedish visitors

A leading social enterprise in Birmingham has opened its doors to 50 Swedish delegates all keen to learn more about its work and impact.

Enta CIC, a voluntary sector, not for profit organisation, provides learning and training opportunities that prepare people for paid employment, as well as running two nurseries, a successful conference centre and a café.

The visitors, who all work in the training and employment sector, have been interested in Enta’s business model for some time and were determined to meet with its staff and service users to find out more about Enta’s success.

“We are always keen to share best practice and it was a privilege for us to welcome this group of delegates all the way from Sweden,” said Kevin Hayes, Enta’s CEO.

“I believe it is very important for our partners and other organisations that are keen to work with Enta to really get under the skin of the business, and in particular hear directly from the young people we help – the trainees themselves; it is their stories that inspire the work we do.”

As part of the visit, the delegates received a full tour of Mill Wharf, Enta’s main training centre in Mill Street, Aston, including its purpose-built construction workshop. They met Enta trainees, received a presentation in the conference venue and were impressed with the lunch served and prepared by Enta’s ‘Catering with a Conscience’ team.

Organiser Samira Svanberg, Project Manager of VIA Egencia Stockholm, said: “We are most impressed with the work of Enta and in particular the positive effect it has on local people and their communities. The delegates thoroughly enjoyed their visit and are returning home with lots of ideas and suggestions.”

The visit, hosted by Birmingham City Council, held even more significance as Enta prepares to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

“As an organisation we have grown over the last three decades to meet the needs of the communities we serve,” added Kevin Hayes.

“Training still remains at the heart of everything we do but taking these visitors on a tour of our flagship building, and allowing them to see the full breadth of our work really does demonstrate just how far we have come.”

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