Partners & sponsors

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government launched ‘Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026’, in December 2016. The Strategy was co-produced alongside the Scottish social enterprise sector. This follows, over a decade, the Scottish Government working with the sector to establish a holistic ‘eco-system of support’, putting in place incubators and accelerators, free business advice, leadership programmes and affordable loans.

The Strategy will be driven by three, three-year Action Plans, again, co-produced with the sector, the first Action Plan ran from 2017, with the second Action Plan to be launched in 2020.

Social Enterprise World Forum

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is the leading organisation for the global social enterprise movement. We challenge failed economic models and build the movement by convening global and regional events, partnering with diverse organisations, and influencing policy dialogues.

SEWF has held events on every continent and we’re holding our first global, virtual event this year. Social enterprises and their needs sit at the heart of our events, which are designed to build capacity, provide tangible skills, promote knowledge exchange, and foster critical social capital through networking and personal contact. This unique focus enables social enterprises to address complex social and environmental challenges, often in the most marginalised communities.

SEWF was established in 2008 by a group of the world’s leading social enterprise agencies and networks. They still guide the organisation today, ensuring we reflect the priorities of tens of thousands of social enterprises around the world.

For further information, visit www.sewfonline.com

Just Enterprise

National Support, Delivered Locally 

Just Enterprise supports the growth of Scotland’s enterprising third sector – helping it maximise impact and sustainability. Following the Covid-19 pandemic this support is more important than ever. Funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by a third sector partnership, the programme has supported over 5000 organisations and 10,000 individuals across Scotland

Just Enterprise provides one-to-one business advice, interactive online workshops, webinars and online resources ensuring participants can access help when they need it. Topics include digital marketing, ecommerce, planning in a crisis, social impact measurement, business planning, tendering and much more.

Visit www.justenteprise.org or call 0300 302 3333

South of Scotland Enterprise

The South of Scotland has waited a long time for the South of Scotland to have its very own Enterprise Agency, one which is bold, ambitious and delivers for the South. That wait is finally over.

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) went live on 1 April 2020 as the new Economic Development Agency for Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

SOSE is here to listen to the people – as they did in the two years in the run up to being established and are here to do things differently, to take risks and to put the fabulous South of Scotland region on the map and showcase it to the world.

The SOSE team proudly say that – without the people of the South, they simply cannot be the economic development agency by the South, for the South, and in the South that they what we want to be. They are here to listen and take the people with them on the incredible journey that they are embarking upon.

They will empower everyone to make the South of Scotland an even greater place to live, work, visit, learn and invest in. ‘Everyone’ means exactly that. As an individual, community, or business (of whatever size, structure or objective) – show them how you can help them to make that happen and they will work with you to achieve both your aims.

Collectively, they will unlock the great potential of the people and their resources and they will do it in a locally responsive way by truly bringing a fresh approach to making things happen in the South.

They will work with whoever we need to in order to provide a single and unified voice to champion the South of Scotland on the national stage.  They will highlight key issues and make sure the South of Scotland is able to make the most of its opportunity to be in greater control of their own future.

And they don’t just say they’re different – they are different.

They are the first of Scotland’s public agencies whose legislation promotes a wider view on the economy and how it impacts all they do.  Jobs are important to them but so are communities and the environment.  They want to make sure that everyone, no matter who and where they are, has an opportunity to fulfil their ambitions.

They are also one of the first to have ‘Fair Work’ running through all their activities. How they treat people matters to them and they want to ensure that this runs through their region too.  They are here and able to listen first-hand to what businesses, communities, and individuals need and then respond.

Like any other start-up organisation, it will take some time for SOSE to settle in and build their capacity and capability to do all that they want to.  They expect that will take around three years but have published an Operating Plan which details where their efforts and resources will be focussed across the remainder of their first year (2020/21).

COVID-19 has obviously had a significant impact as lockdown started just before SOSE officially came into being.

Their immediate focus has been to support their businesses, communities, and individuals to recover from the wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic.  They have set out the work underway to develop their future ambitions for their region in their Operating Plan. This also includes plans to develop their Action Plan which will, following extensive consultation across the South of Scotland, define their longer-term priorities. It will guide their future focus and investments across all they have been established to do.

Chair of SOSE, Professor Russel Griggs OBE said:

 “We have the chance to take this opportunity with both hands and put our region on the map. Collectively our region will flourish and the future will be brighter than it ever has been.

“We are here to stay. We are here IN the South, FOR the South and WITH the South.

“The time is now for the South of Scotland.”