Welcome to the Rural Social Enterprise Hub

The focal point for research and development activity on rural social enterprise in Scotland, Europe, and further afield

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Learning Materials

Access free online learning resources for rural social enterprise

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Rural SEN

Become a member of Scotland’s national peer support network

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Discover the latest research and contribute your own papers

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Sign up to upcoming events using our interactive calendar

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Browse the global policy library for rural social enterprise policy

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Global Directory

Explore and connect with our global listings of rural social enterprises

What We Do

Social enterprise is key to the wellbeing and sustainability of rural places and communities. We know that social enterprises often provide services that would not otherwise exist in remote areas, and have a significant role in addressing market failure and supporting community aspirations.

Our work is to support individual rural social enterprises, as well as to understand and sustain what is needed to provide fertile ground for social enterprises to take root and grow across the rural landscape.

We work collaboratively to build the knowledge base on rural social enterprise and the unique characteristics that allow rural areas to develop enterprising solutions to the challenges they face.

We also develop peer to peer learning and knowledge exchange opportunities both nationally and internationally, and welcome interactions with social enterprises and supporters from across the globe.

Our Mission

To provide a space for collaboration, peer to peer learning, and knowledge exchange between all those committed to thriving rural social enterprise. We also showcase the contribution social enterprise makes to our rural communities.

Get Involved


Sign up for networking opportunities or add your organisation to our Global Directory so that others can find out about your work. Search the Directory to find others near you or who are working in similar service areas.


Access online learning materials for rural communities and participate in virtual community learning exchanges. Keep up to date with research and policy developments. Find out about the latest news.


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