About CEIS

CEIS is the UK’s largest and most experienced social enterprise support agency. Established in 1984, the vision of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) is to make Scotland a better place to live and work with a more inclusive economy. To realise this CEIS Group engages with businesses, communities and individuals to build capacity and to address inequality.

Our social enterprise support is complemented by business finance, employability services, event management, social research, asset-based community development and online learning. Our clients include individuals seeking employment, businesses requiring support and public bodies interested in social change.

Our mission is to tackle inequality, strengthen communities and improve the performance and impact of businesses which contribute to our society.


Enterprise Support

Our Enterprise Support Team provide specialist business advice to social enterprises and third sector organisations across Scotland from start up to growth stage. Our team of advisers have extensive knowledge of social enterprise, third, public and private sectors and a wealth of experience in supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations. Find out more


DSL Business Finance

DSL Business Finance have been providing SME’s and social enterprises with access to affordable finance for over 25 years. Our team of specialist advisers have worked with thousands of clients, unable to access loans via traditional financial institutions to secure required funding. They have a range of loan products available up to £50,000 and offer a bespoke one-to-one mentoring service pre, during and post the application process to provide clients with the best possible outcome. Find out more



CEIS Events

We have been providing social enterprises, Third Sector and public sector organisations with event management services since 2007. Our team have experience in organising small-to-large scale events, nationally and internationally, in-person and digitally. Find out more



CEIS Ayrshire

CEIS Ayrshire has been providing employment, business services and training and skills expertise in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and beyond since 2007. Our team of advisers and trainers work closely with individuals and businesses offering recruitment and training services. Recognised as a trusted and experience partner for local Councils and government departments, they have specialist knowledge and experience in supporting those furthest from the job market. Find out more



Social Value Lab

Social Value Lab is an independent social purpose business, part owned by CEIS. Social Value Lab works across the UK and internationally, conducting research, gathering evidence, influencing policy, and creating new ventures. With a large field of social researchers, service designers, business consultants, & evaluators the team can help organisations to gain insights, transform services, make their case, and extend influence. Find out more


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