Celebrating the Success of the Kickstart Scheme

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CEIS Ayrshire work closely with every age group that is unemployed, however 16-24 years old was the demographic that was most affected by COVID-19 in terms of accessing the job market . As an age group we already have experience with, we opted to become part of The Kickstart Scheme, where we were successful in […]

A day in the life of… Jennifer Murray (Business Advisor)

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Welcome to the next instalment of our “A Day in the Life” series, in which we interview colleagues from across the entire CEIS Group and ask them to reflect on their career, their role and their experiences within the group. We sat down with Jennifer Murray, a Business Advisor in the Enterprise and Communities team […]

How we helped accelerate the growth of 15 social enterprises

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In October 2021 we worked closely with Firstport and the Glasgow City Council to help deliver the Widening Horizons Growth Accelerator programme. This fully funded programme was developed to support ambitious Glasgow-based social entrepreneurs and enterprises to strengthen their organisations, achieve growth, and further develop their social impact. Throughout the course of the programme, we […]

Gerry Higgins interview: the journey and ambitions for SEWF

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This month we caught up with Gerry Higgins, Managing Director of Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) to learn about the organisation’s journey and ambitions since Gerry first founded it as a project in 2008 while CEO at CEIS (Community Enterprise In Scotland). Originally introduced to convene global leaders to share best practice at an annual […]

Supporting positive societal and environmental change

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As Scotland looks to recover from the pandemic, the country’s third sector will be central to its renewal – whilst ensuring that it is rooted in a fair and inclusive society.  Two organisations have combined forces to offer a tailor-made programme targeted at boosting innovation in social enterprises and third sector organisations. Community Enterprise In […]

CEIS announces new Chief Executive

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The Board of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS), the leading provider of business support to social enterprises in Scotland are pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Avila as Group CEO, replacing our outgoing CEO Ian Mitchell. Martin joins us from his current position as Director at the Kinning Park Complex and will be taking […]

Widening Horizons Social Enterprise Growth Accelerator

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Programme Details The Widening Horizons Growth Accelerator supports ambitious social entrepreneurs and enterprises in Glasgow to strengthen their organisations, achieve growth, and develop their social impact. What are the benefits of the programme? This programme offers one-to-one and peer-based business support, training from sector experts and access to potential investors and lenders. Business support: Our […]



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