Values make a good partnership

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Big Issue Invest Scotland, a new joint venture between Big Issue Invest (the social investment arm of The Big Issue) and our community development finance institution, DSL Business Finance has been established to provide social investment and loan finance to social enterprises, social ventures and Third Sector organisations in Scotland, offering loans from £3,000 to £1.5m and […]

Opening doors to the world

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I am writing this blog from Hanoi, Vietnam where I am spending the week with groups of students, who have made it through to the bootcamp stage of a social enterprise competition I helped launch last year. I have spent my time helping them to prepare their pitch, where I and a panel of experts […]

Is social media relevant to social enterprise?

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Innovation is key to success! The growth of social enterprise is perhaps one of the most encouraging beacons to shine from Scotland in recent years. With government support, social entrepreneurs have traded on their passions with the pay-off making a real difference to the Scottish economy. But skills and endeavour alone don’t always lead to […]

Joining a new community!

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Last weekend, I joined a new community. A few months ago I had no idea this community existed, when with friends Ross and Tim we agreed to take on the challenge of running our first ultra-marathon, 53 miles along the West Highland Way from Glasgow to Tyndrum. Our winter training might have been tough but the uplifting […]

‘Stephen’s Story’ inspires global action for common good

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Nineteen year old Stephen Sutton’s story; documenting his life with cancer over the past 18 months, after an initial diagnosis when he was only fifteen, has gone viral on social media and featured prolifically in the news this week. Upon hearing his cancer was terminal, rather than lie down to this illness, Stephen set himself […]



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