A taste of Scotland for Asian and African delegation

Posted in: News.

CEIS was pleased to welcome over 50 delegates to Scotland from the UK, Asia and Africa as part of the British Council’s Business and Investment Readiness programme. The delegation convened in Scotland’s capital to provide an update on the progress within the social enterprises in Asia and Africa with the support of their appointed UK […]

The Times They Are A-Changing…

Posted in: Blog.

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 […]

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 […]


Posted in: News.

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 […]

SEWF returns to Europe

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CEIS Events has just returned from a social enterprise tour of Berlin, Milan and Naples as the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) came full circle, returning to Europe after 7 events on 6 continents. Following the inaugural forum in Edinburgh in 2008, CEIS has organised a delegation to attend the annual Social Enterprise World Forum […]

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 […]



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