A new era for social enterprise in Victoria

Posted in: News.

Last week’s (17th February 2017) launch of a new Social Enterprise Strategy by the Victorian Government is an exciting milestone for the future development and growth of social enterprise in Victoria and Australia. “I am pleased that social enterprise is being recognised as a legitimate and growing part of the Victorian economy, and am confident […]

Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-26, Scottish Government 14.12.16

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Scotland’s new 10-year Social Enterprise Strategy is to be launched at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh on Wednesday 14 December. The new strategy sets out a clear vision to ensure that our social enterprise business community thrives and grows over the next decade and beyond. The strategy was produced in partnership with Scotland’s social […]

DSL Business Finance featured in The DRAM

Posted in: Business Finance, News.

On 04 April, DSL Business Finance was featured in the first ever Business and Finance Supplement of The DRAM, Scotland’s leading monthly licensed trade magazine. In this feature, client YesBar talk about the support they received from DSL Business Finance when they launched as Vespar in 2011, after finding banks were reluctant to lend to them. Download and […]

Glasgow Young Social Entrepreneurs Stand Up for What Matters

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150 young social entrepreneurs from 13 schools across the City of Glasgow came together to pitch their innovative ideas at the Glasgow Schools Social Enterprise Dragon’s Den last week. Established in partnership with Social Enterprise Academy, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, the event is part of the Social Enterprise in Education Programme […]

Support for Third Sector Procurement

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In a month where there has been much discussion about tax avoidance by big companies, Christian Aid has started a campaign targeting local authorities to adopt policies that stop them from procuring or commissioning from companies that have aggressive tax avoidance measures in place – the campaign is actively trying to get public bodies to […]

A taste of Scotland for Asian and African delegation

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CEIS was pleased to welcome over 50 delegates to Scotland from the UK, Asia and Africa as part of the British Council’s Business and Investment Readiness programme. The delegation convened in Scotland’s capital to provide an update on the progress within the social enterprises in Asia and Africa with the support of their appointed UK […]

Corporate Scotland is doing good – but still a long way to go!

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Scottish businesses must be motivated by more than the financial bottom line if they are to help build a fairer and greener Scotland. That’s the conclusion of Better Business, a ground-breaking study published today (Tuesday 19 January) into responsible business practices in Scotland. The study, the first of its kind in Scotland, was conducted by […]

Community vision bears fruit for Lochside and Lincluden

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Local people in the Lochside and Lincluden area of Dumfries have banded together with the support of CEIS and funding from the Big Lottery to realise a joint vision of regenerating the community. The ‘Our Place’ project began (see our last post – Our Place initiative gets off to a blooming start) with local volunteers […]

Social enterprise takes centre stage in Scotland [interview with Gerry Higgins]

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Social enterprise has a long and proud history in Scotland but the results of the country’s first comprehensive sector census (pdf) show that it is thriving today as never before. We asked Gerry Higgins, the CEO of Glasgow-based CEIS and a founder of the Social Enterprise World Forum, to draw on his 30 years of […]

Census reveals impact of Scots social enterprises

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As public awareness of social enterprise increases, so do the questions about what it actually contributes to Scotland’s economy and society. What’s been missing, up until now, are hard statistics about social enterprise and the kind of robust economic data that demonstrates the practical impact of Scotland’s social enterprise businesses. We’ve now solved this issue […]



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