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.
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/