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Published on January 26th, 2016 | by admin

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Solihull Soup

It’s a simple concept: people turn up, pay £3 on the door and listen to 3 or 4  people pitch an idea to improve the local community. Pitchers talk for up to four minutes. The audience can then ask questions.

With the presentations over, soup is served. People talk over the ideas and then they vote on th
winner gets to take home all the money taken at the door and use it to fund their plan, with the
come back a couple of soups later to report on their progress.

It was a cold, drizzly Friday evening in November. The sort of evening which usually puts paid to
people turning out for a community event. But, not in North Solihull.

An empty room in Three Trees Community Centre quickly filled with people eager to hear the pitches
of three local entrepreneurs.
The ideas bidding for funding were Saplings Parents & Toddler Club; a ukulele maker and
Borroclub an online portal for loaning and borrowing household items.

The winner on the night at Three Trees was the Sapling Parents & Toddlers Group, but it isn’t just about the money;
the exposure and vote of confidence can make a huge difference to people just starting out.
The next North Solihull Soup will take place between 6pm and 7.30pm on Friday January 29th at
Three Trees Community


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