Building a Sustainable Social Enterprise Sector in Scotland Action Plan 2017-20

This plan set out the first steps to deliver the vision set out in the Social Enterprise Strategy for a sustainable social enterprise sector in Scotland. The focus is on three key priorities:

  1. Stimulating social enterprise
  2. Developing stronger organisations
  3. Realising market opportunity

The section on local development states:

1D.7. Enhancing the contribution in rural areas.

We will establish a ‘rural collaborative’ to examine the contribution that social enterprise plays in these communities and develop learning and practice across rural areas. This will recognise the unique needs of island communities and build on the already strong development of social enterprise in the Highlands and Islands.


This action plan is currently being reviewed and will be followed by further action plans in 2020 and 2023.

Read the Action Plan here: Building a sustainable social enterprise sector in Scotland.