Partners & sponsors
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 second Action Plan was launched in March 2021 – https://www.gov.scot/publications/social-enterprise-action-plan/
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 social enterprise 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
Social Investment Scotland
Social Investment Scotland (SIS) was established in 2001 to provide a new finance model for Scotland’s charities and social enterprises. Since then, SIS has invested over £100 million.
Loan finance via SIS is available from £10,000 to £1.6M and is aimed at community enterprises and social businesses that might find access to finance from mainstream providers difficult. SIS also help to manage funds on behalf of third parties with any profits being re-invested into social business development in Scotland.
For more information about SIS, please visit: www.socialinvestmentscotland.com