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Social Enterprise in 2016 – Ecosystem or Infrastructure? [Guest blog]

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Rachael McCormack reflects on the social enterprise model as she departs Highlands and Islands Enterprises. What do you think of when you hear the word ecosystem? I’m taken back to Mr Bennett, my rather shy, rather nervous biology teacher who introduced me as a reluctant pupil to this term – and the words I still […]

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 […]

The Times They Are A-Changing…

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Will ‘for-profit’ firms change social enterprise for better or worse? The Mile-High-City of Denver, Colorado has a rarified atmosphere and a reputation for doing things differently. Originally a mining outpost during the Colorado Gold Rush, it has always attracted pioneers, including social entrepreneurs. Denver’s SAME (So That All May Eat) Cafe with its ‘pay-what-you-can’ policy […]

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 […]

Fish Climbing Trees – social enterprise films

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CEIS has supported an innovative film project ‘Fish Climbing Trees’ featuring interviews with international experts on the positive difference social enterprise makes to people’s lives and examining the many challenges social entrepreneurs face in creating successful and sustainable businesses. CEIS is one of the sponsors of the unusually-titled film by award winning Director, David Boni […]

DOWNLOAD SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN SCOTLAND: CENSUS 2015

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Social Enterprise in Scotland Census reveals growing influence of sector The increasing scale, reach and influence of social enterprise in Scotland was revealed  in the authoritative ‘Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2015’ report, an ambitious project which gathered the views of more than 1,000 social enterprises across the nation. The results, which were launched at […]

CEIS ‘Committed to Excellence’

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We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded and recognised by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) as ‘Committed to Excellence’. The EFQM Excellence Model provides a framework that encourages cooperation, collaboration and innovation. After formal notification on 5th May, representatives of the staff focus group who have dedicated time and expertise to the process […]

Social Enterprise Summit positions Highlands and Islands at the forefront

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On 10-11th June, CEIS in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Social Enterprise Scotland held the Social Enterprise Summit, a first of its kind exploring the challenges and opportunities for rural social enterprises. The event, heralded as a success, was attended by over 200 delegates from across the UK, Canada, Australia and China […]

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