Coastal Ranger Programme launched

Posted in: News.

CEIS Ayrshire launched its Coastal Ranger Programme in January 2015 in association with partners, North Ayrshire Council (Streetscene), Eglinton Country Park, The Ayrshire Community Trust (TACT) and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO). The programme was developed in response to the Ayrshire Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP), which aims to: Protect and enhance the natural environment […]

Twitter versus Facebook – Part 3

Posted in: Blog, Business Support.

Is Facebook right for my Social Enterprise? In our series “Is Social Media relevant to Social Enterprise?” we turn our attention to Facebook to discuss where it develops brand awareness and improves income streams.  What can Facebook do for me? Facebook now claims 1.35 billion active monthly users, fractionally under the population of China (1.37 billion), […]

Social Investment is GREAT

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The British Council Scotland Director Lloyd Anderson, joined Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, Chivas Regal UK and successful Scottish social enterprises and social investors in announcing a global campaign to boost the UK social economy. Held on 5 March in the picturesque Scottish town of Keith, the event celebrated UK social enterprise and also marked the UK launch […]

Remaining ahead of the game [tender writing support]

Posted in: Blog, Business Support.

So your contact at the Council phoned you 6 months ago and told you that the service your social enterprise has been delivering for the last 5 years through service level agreement is going to be competitively tendered.  “Ok” you thought  “nothing will change for a few months, I’ve got plenty of time and anyway […]

Reshaping support for Coalfield communities

Posted in: Case Study.

After more than a decade leading on the Scottish Government’s coalfield regeneration programme, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust was entering a new phase of activity. The grant-making model, capacity building role, and organisational structure that had served the Trust well needed to evolve quickly to fit with changing policy priorities as well as local demands. That’s […]

Global social enterprise movement [interview with Gerry Higgins]

Posted in: News.

Gerry Higgins, CEO, CEIS was recently interviewed by Italian magazine, Vita to talk about the state of the social enterprise sector globally and how the Social Enterprise World Forum taking place in Milan from 1-3 July contributes to the global movement. Read the interview below. What is the situation of social enterprise in the UK? […]

3 easy ways to build your social enterprise

Posted in: Blog, Business Support.

Traditional marketing is increasingly ineffective Marketing can be intrusive: TV adverts when you’re watching your favourite game show, cold-calls from kitchen and PPI sales staff; and spurious hard copy mail when you’ve been working on your green credentials. Time is precious. People ruthlessly block interruptions through Caller ID; employ gatekeepers at work, and develop an […]

Our Place initiative gets off to a blooming start

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Our Place is a five year initiative taking place in seven neighbourhoods across Scotland. Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, this is an exciting and unique opportunity for the local community to work together to bring about a lasting, positive change in their neighbourhood. CEIS is currently delivering asset-based community development work for the Our Place initiative in Lochside […]

Market research: Where to begin?!

Posted in: Blog, Business Support.

Tony leaned back in the Committee Room chair and dunked a Rich Tea biscuit in his tea. According to research*, he’d have at least 20 seconds before it crumbled. Enough time for a deep sigh but not to ponder his problem. Or should that be “opportunity.”  The Borough Council had been in touch to offer […]

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