Third sector gets massive boost with Just Enterprise programme

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The social enterprise sector has become a shining example of where business acumen and ethical trading merge to bring new opportunities to Scottish communities, so it was welcome news when in June 2014 we saw the re-launch of the Scottish Government’s highly successful Just Enterprise programme delivered by CEIS and consortium partners HISEZ, Firstport, Social Enterprise Academy, Forth Sector Development, Community […]

Is social media relevant to social enterprise (part 2)

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In part 1 we asked the question is social media relevant to social enterprise? Today we continue our series on what social media means, and explain how it can help you. What social media platforms are available? There are literally hundreds of social media platforms in cyberspace from Facebook to Google+, Blogster to Twitter. Even the […]

India’s “master trainers”

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I recently went to India to support 25 young women embarking on the role of social enterprise ‘master trainer’. I got back more than I bargained for, thanks to the incredible young Indian women I met – educated, confident, and energised. A combination of female champions, peer networks and social enterprise was being brought together […]

In a blaze of glory

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As Glasgow saw firefighters battling to save two of its historic buildings; Glasgow School of Art, an iconic building by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1897-1909) and Broomloan Road Primary School, now disused but in its heyday attended by the likes of football manager, Sir Alex Ferguson; we were overwhelmed by the support and memories shared from well-wishers […]

Values make a good partnership

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Big Issue Invest Scotland, a new joint venture between Big Issue Invest (the social investment arm of The Big Issue) and our community development finance institution, DSL Business Finance has been established to provide social investment and loan finance to social enterprises, social ventures and Third Sector organisations in Scotland, offering loans from £3,000 to £1.5m and […]

Opening doors to the world

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I am writing this blog from Hanoi, Vietnam where I am spending the week with groups of students, who have made it through to the bootcamp stage of a social enterprise competition I helped launch last year. I have spent my time helping them to prepare their pitch, where I and a panel of experts […]

Is social media relevant to social enterprise?

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Innovation is key to success! The growth of social enterprise is perhaps one of the most encouraging beacons to shine from Scotland in recent years. With government support, social entrepreneurs have traded on their passions with the pay-off making a real difference to the Scottish economy. But skills and endeavour alone don’t always lead to […]

Joining a new community!

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Last weekend, I joined a new community. A few months ago I had no idea this community existed, when with friends Ross and Tim we agreed to take on the challenge of running our first ultra-marathon, 53 miles along the West Highland Way from Glasgow to Tyndrum. Our winter training might have been tough but the uplifting […]

‘Stephen’s Story’ inspires global action for common good

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Nineteen year old Stephen Sutton’s story; documenting his life with cancer over the past 18 months, after an initial diagnosis when he was only fifteen, has gone viral on social media and featured prolifically in the news this week. Upon hearing his cancer was terminal, rather than lie down to this illness, Stephen set himself […]

CEIS appointed as partner for Korean overseas aid training

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CEIS were recently selected as the preferred partner by British Council Korea to deliver an intensive training programme to 30 aspiring social entrepreneurs; coupled with an educational study visit to the UK for 18 of the group. CEIS alongside affiliated UK partners Challenges Worldwide, Targeting Innovation, Social Enterprise Academy and Shujog, Singapore devised an innovative […]

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