Rural SEN – 21st September 2023

Our fourth Rural Social Enterprise Session took place on the 21st of September and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Jill Keegan from Scottish Community Alliance (SCA). SCA has two main functions – to promote the work of local people in their communities and to influence national policy in order to reflect Read more…

Understanding your Preferences to Build a Better Future for Rural Scotland – The James Hutton Institute

Researchers from the James Hutton Institute (JHI) in Aberdeen are conducting surveys to understand the challenges and opportunities facing Scotland’s vast rural areas. In particular, their research focuses on localities as potential places to live, rural travel, and local food. And they want you to take part to hear your views. The surveys are part of the project “Informing a Read more…

Let’s Be Heard – Sharing Scotland’s COVID Experience

A new platform where people can share their experiences with the Scottish COVID-19 Inquiry has recently gone live! You can access the online platform here.   You can find tools and resources to help you share your experiences, including: forms, guidance for groups, Easy Read resources, materials for children, and translations into different languages.   Read more…

Sustainable Communities Fund – Crown Estate Scotland

A fund designed to support local regeneration and sustainable development around Scotland’s coast has been launched by Crown Estate Scotland (CES).    The Sustainable Communities Fund, is made up of two different programmes. Total investment across the two programmes could reach £750,000 over the next three years.   The Community Capacity Grants Programme, open to Read more…

Cairngorms Youth Climate Camp August 2023: Write up from Scottish Rural Action

Overview Scottish Rural Action (SRA) were delighted to join the Youth Climate Camp in Badaguish from the 7th to the 11th of August 2023. SRA Board director, Aimee Spence  and staff member, Catriona Mallows attended and delivered a workshop encouraging young people to reflect on the ways in which their voices, both individually and collectively, Read more…

SRUC Rural & Islands Report 2023

Currently, there is a limited evidence base on the makeup and drivers of change in our rural and island communities and economies. This report is the first of an annual series of reports stemming from research funded by the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research Programme 2022-27, that aims to provide novel insights on Scotland’s rural and Read more…

Bold Studio launch new ‘Brand for Growth’ Programme

Bold Studio, a Branding, Creative and Digital Consultancy based in Glasgow are launching a new programme called “Brand for Growth”. Bold Studio are currently looking to promote the project with hopes of reaching a larger amount of Social Enterprises.     The programme is a competitive process which will select 3 Social Enterprises or Charities Read more…

FSB Big Small Business Survey Findings Report 2023

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) recently published their ‘Big Small Business Survey: 2023 Findings Report’ which presents the views of Scotland’s small business community on a variety of subjects, with insights into the variance in different groups according to business age, sector, gender and more. In the weeks and months ahead, FSB are looking Read more…

FSB Big Small Business Survey Findings Report 2023

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) recently published their ‘Big Small Business Survey: 2023 Findings Report’ which presents the views of Scotland’s small business community on a variety of subjects, with insights into the variance in different groups according to business age, sector, gender and more. In the weeks and months ahead, FSB are looking Read more…

Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2023

The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland are back for 2023, celebrating the incredible work and impact of social enterprises across the country.   The awards are a real opportunity to showcase the very best of the sector, highlighting the agility, ability and active role that social enterprises play in building places, supporting communities and making a Read more…

Rural SEN – 13th June 2023

Our third Rural Social Enterprise Session took place on the 13th of June and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Robyn Barclay from Third Sector Lab. Third Sector Lab have extensive experience of working in digital and design for charities, social enterprises, community groups and public sector. One of the biggest projects undertaken Read more…

SCVO: Growing Climate Confidence in the Scottish Third Sector

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) are looking to increase climate confidence in Scotland’s third sector. In order to do this, they have introduced a new website to support the Sector to take action on the climate crisis. SCVO have worked in partnership with CEIS Group, Community Enterprise, Firstport, Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN), Read more…

Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report 2023

  The Rural Social Enterprise Hub has today published its 2023 Stakeholder Report, detailing the background of the project, work to date, ongoing development, and future priorities. The report is available to view here: Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report Apr 2023   The report informs on the key objectives of the Rural Social Enterprise Hub, Read more…

Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report 2023

  The Rural Social Enterprise Hub has today published its 2023 Stakeholder Report, detailing the background of the project, work to date, ongoing development, and future priorities. The report is available to view here: Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report Apr 2023   The report informs on the key objectives of the Rural Social Enterprise Hub, Read more…

SRITC Gathering 2023

The Scottish Rural & Island Transport Convention (SRITC) Gathering 2023 was held in the Scottish Highlands & took place between the 10th and 12th of May. The main planery session took place on the 11th of May at Boat of Garten Community Hall. Boat of Garten is a small village nestled between Aviemore and Grantown Read more…

SEWF Youth Forum – 28th March

The SEWF (Social Enterprise World Forum) Youth Forum took place virtually on the 28th of March 2023 and connected participants from around the World with over 750 inspiring young changemakers. The event featured successful young social entrepreneurs who shared their stories of success and failure within the Sector. Participants got answers to some of the most Read more…

Rural SEN – 20th April 2023

Our second Rural Social Enterprise Session took place on the 20th of April and prompted some interesting discussion. We were first joined by Jennifer & Sarah-Jane from CodeBase. The main aim of CodeBase is to help people build better businesses with a focus on building culture, community and education that promotes and supports tech innovation. Read more…

Social Enterprise Scotland – Employability in a Rural and Remote Context Video

On the 29th of March 2023, Social Enterprise Scotland held an online event which explored the topic of Employability in a Rural and Remote Context. Three Social Enterprises working across Scotland (Inspiralba, Works + & Cothrom) shared their model of practice, and the specific challenges in delivering effective employability outcomes in rural areas. The session Read more…

The Measurement of Social Impacts in Rural Social Enterprises: a Systematic Literature Review and Future Research Implications

(This review is an excerpt from Regional Studies, Regional Science) Rural social enterprises (RSEs) represent an emerging actor in rural and local socio-economic development. The study of RSEs recognises the importance of place-based actions for development. Social impacts of RSEs have been touted, particularly in filling roles in the rural context that are underperformed by governments Read more…

Firstport Social Innovation Challenge 2023

Details of Firstport‘s Social Innovation Challenge 2023 have been announced. This year, the Programme will look for new social enterprise ideas to remove the deep-rooted obstacles that prevent individuals and communities from living fulfilling and dignified lives, particularly in light of the current rising cost of living crisis. The Programme will award £50,000 to the Read more…

Policy Spotlight – Stories of Rural Resilience in a Post Covid Era

A Rural Policy meeting was held on the 31st of January 2023 in the Scottish Parliament and was coordinated by the Rural Policy Centre, SRUC and speakers and members of the Rural Cross-Party Group. Speakers included Ailsa Clark from Inspiralba who’s presentation highlighted the importance of ‘Shifting the Narrative: Stories of Rural Resilience in a Read more…

SCOTO Conference 2023

SCOTO Conference 2023 The SCOTO Scottish Community Tourism Conference was held on the 2nd of March 2023 in the Duke of Gordon Hotel in Kingussie within the Cairngorms National Park. The event celebrated SCOTO Network’s mission to build the skills, connections and confidence of people working in community-led tourism while asking the question; ‘Is tourism Read more…

Access and Progression Routes: Supporting Youth Employment for the Rural and Social Economy

Access and Progression Routes Supporting Youth Employment for the Rural and Social Economy Context setting: Skills shortages – Businesses struggling to recruit and retain staff post-Brexit. Aging Workforce and board members – Many community-led and social enterprises have older senior staff and board members, with succession planning a priority for many. Post pandemic – Recognition of Read more…