Need help with the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility?

Is your business looking to win contracts with Birmingham City Council? Or with larger companies who are part of Birmingham City Council’s supply chain? If so, then you will need to achieve the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility. The Charter is a requirement on all contracts since September 2013. At Localise West Midlands we can help you to achieve the Charter quickly and painlessly.

About the Charter

The Charter has been developed by Birmingham City Council to ensure that its expenditure is spent responsibly within the city and in a way that benefits Birmingham’s most disadvantaged communities. You will need to develop an action plan to show how you meet the requirements of the Charter in the following areas:

  • local employment
  • buy Birmingham first
  • partners in communities
  • good employer
  • green and sustainable
  • ethical procurement.

How can we help?

Localise West Midlands promotes local supply chains, money flow, ownership and decision-making for a more just and sustainable economy. We are a thinktank, campaign group and consultancy.

LWM is a strong supporter of the Charter and we have been working with Birmingham City Council to raise awareness of it. Because of the experience we have gained in maximising local returns, our consultants can help you develop an action plan that will get you Charter approval with the minimum of fuss and cost. Some companies fail to achieve Charter accreditation at the first attempt because they make avoidable mistakes in their action plan. We can save you the headache of having to apply several times. Once you’ve achieved Charter accreditation you can get on with the process of winning and delivering contracts from Birmingham City Council and its suppliers.

Our people

Conrad ParkeConrad Parke is a freelance neighbourhood regeneration advisor supporting a number of regeneration initiatives across Birmingham and the Black Country. Current clients include the Black Country Consortium, Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust, the Big Lottery and University of Birmingham. From 2007 to 2011 he worked for RegenWM as Head of Skills Development in Regeneration. Conrad is currently working on LWM’s Mainstreaming Community Economic Development initiative.  

PhilBeardmorePhil Beardmore works for LWM and others as an environmental and third sector consultant specialising in thought innovation. He founded the renewable energy co-operative CoRE50. His clients include local authorities, utilities, construction companies and social enterprises.  In 2010 Phil was voted one of the top 50 Green Leaders in the West Midlands, is the Third Sector Assembly Environment Network Champion and member of Birmingham’s Green Commission.


RosePoulterRose Poulter is a Board Member and Associate of Localise West Midlands.  She  has worked across the West Midlands region with the community and business sectors and principally with local government senior Elected Members and Chief Executives to develop and deliver policies, projects and services. She has excellent networks across local government at senior levels. Rose has significant experience of managing complex projects, handling challenging situations, problem solving and co-ordinating multiple budgets.  She is an excellent networker, strategic thinker and problem solver committed to achieving outcomes and overcoming challenging issues.

How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on the size of your company and the complexity of your action plan but we are keen to support the Charter by keeping this affordable – whilst covering our time! Please contact us for a free quote.