Supporting Social Enterprises in Glasgow

 
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CEIS are very proud to work with Glasgow City Council, delivering support to social enterprises, community groups and charities on their behalf. From advice on the best legal structure to marketing strategies, a review of financial systems to business planning, we work with organisations across the city to help them become more stable or sustainable, as well helping them to pursue growth ambitions.

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As part of our commitment to continuous improvement we follow up with these clients to be able to report on the impacts we are having, and are delighted to share some highlights from our work over the last financial year.

Implementation of Support

Many clients report that they enjoy the process of working with our team. The mixture of support and challenge is in itself useful when going through a difficult period or facing an opportunity. We co-produce all of our assignments as our aim is to build capacity in the sector, not just to write amazing business plans.

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As the Business Development lead for the department, I always tell potential clients that they will have to put time into working with us, and at the end there should be nothing surprising in the final report because they will have been involved all the way through.

Has your organisation since implemented/used any aspects of the support provided?

Has your organisation since implemented/used any aspects of the support provided?

This is one of the reasons why we are able to report that almost all of our clients are able to implement changes based on our advice - it’s an unfortunate truth in the world of business support consultancy that sometimes reports, strategies and recommendations (often expensive) can lay forgotten in a drawer if the client hasn’t felt sufficient ownership. As our results show, this isn’t a problem for our clients, 100% of whom either have or will implement the recommendations.

Word Cloud recent client survey

Word Cloud recent client survey

Impacts of Support

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Not only did clients report increases in income and staffing levels, but also commented on the impact our work had on their ability to deliver their social goals, like developing new services and products to their clients and being better able to understand and support their client needs.

In terms of looking to the future, 80%of respondents expect to grow their business over the next year, and 20% expect to be able to sustain current levels - this is a huge achievement and we are very proud to have played a small part in the ability of these organisations to carry on delivering their vital services across the city.


Just Enterprise - Support for Social Enterprises

The Scottish Government today announced it will invest £5million to support social enterprises and enterprising charities across Scotland.

The announcement follows a competitive tender process won by the Just Enterprise consortium of business consultancy specialists led by CEIS and including Social Enterprise Academy, Firstport, Impact Hub Inverness and CEMVO .

Previous iterations of the programme led by the same team engaged with over 5000 organisations and almost 10,000 individuals across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland. Reported benefits include increased employment, better business and strategic planning, greater sustainability and resilience, and more efficient working practices.

Just Enterprise will provide fully funded business support including start up specific advice, internationally recognised leadership development programmes, marketing strategies, income generation, tendering and procurement, financial systems, business planning and impact measurement in the form of tailored one to one consultancy and learning opportunities.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:

“The social enterprise sector contributes over £2 billion to the economy every year and employs over 80,000 people so it is vital that they are able to access the support and advice they need to succeed. Social entrepreneurs are driven by a passion to improve their local communities and provide a service for the greater good. They benefit and support people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and create jobs in the process. It is essential we continue to support their vision to create a better and fairer Scotland.”

CEIS CEO Gerry Higgins said:

“Following the positive independent evaluation of Just Enterprise last summer, we were delighted that our recent bid to continue to deliver these key services was successful. As social enterprises ourselves we know the challenges for our clients in balancing income generation with social impact and we look forward to continuing to work with our partners across Scotland to deliver an innovative and effective programme of business support to the third sector.”

The full programme of support will launch in August, but interested organisations are urged to register their interest via www.justenterprise.org now.

 

Hey Girls! received Just Enterprise support in 2018. CEO Celia Hodson said:  “Just Enterprise enabled us, as a new social enterprise with ambitious growth aspirations, to bid for and win a significant government contract that boosted our organisation’s turnover, credibility and profile. We simply wouldn’t have been in a position to bid for this without the Just Enterprise support.”

Hey Girls! received Just Enterprise support in 2018. CEO Celia Hodson said:

“Just Enterprise enabled us, as a new social enterprise with ambitious growth aspirations, to bid for and win a significant government contract that boosted our organisation’s turnover, credibility and profile. We simply wouldn’t have been in a position to bid for this without the Just Enterprise support.”

 

Notes to Editors

-          The Just Enterprise Consortium partners are: CEIS, Social Enterprise Academy, Impact Hub Inverness, Firstport, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd, Inspiralba, Community Enterprise Ltd,  Forth Sector Development, CEMVO Scotland and Social Value Lab.

-          Social Enterprises are businesses which trade for an environmental or social purpose and which invest their profits in furthering this mission. 

-          There are more than 5,600 social enterprises in Scotland contributing £2billion to the economy. Social enterprises employ more than 80,000 people and over 80% sell directly to the public.  

-          The Scottish Government’s National Social Enterprise Strategy sets out the shared ambition for the social enterprise sector and the role it can play in a more inclusive, fairer Scotland. It can be accessed here https://www.gov.scot/publications/scotlands-social-enterprise-strategy-2016-2026/

-          The full evaluation of the previous Just Enterprise programme is available here https://www.gov.scot/publications/review-business-support-third-sector-organisations-contract-research-findings/

Social Enterprise Support in Feb 2019

Did you know our team of 12 works internationally as well as locally? These are all the places our clients are from this month

From business planning to pricing, service development to tendering, get in touch to find out how we can help your charity, community group or social enterprise become more sustainable and have more impact.

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November Activity Summary

There are very few days when our whole team is in the office. We’re lucky enough to have great Flexi Time and TOIL policies and in addition to that, most of the time our works takes us to different parts of the country. Out of curiosity, we decided to map our where the clients we worked with in November are, along with the types of assignments we’ve been working on.

It looks like a lot, but we have 12 in our team, ensuring that every organisation or individual we work with gets our full attention, as well as support from different members of the team as their specialisms are called upon.

If you’d like to find out about how we can work with you, check our our case studies and please contact us.

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