Interview with Ailsa Clark during lockdown

Fablevision Studios is a social enterprise based in Glasgow, situated in Paisley, and is a sister company to the charity, Fablevision. It offers a range of affordable video production and other media-related services predominantly to social enterprises and charities, but also to the public and private sectors across Scotland.  They have produced a number of Read more…

Exploring the Geographies of Social Enterprise in the Highlands and Islands

Research conducted by Ailsa Higgins, a student at the University of Glasgow, explores the geographies of social enterprise in the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland. Social enterprise activity is known to be particularly dense in the Highlands and Islands, where growth conditions have been described as “fertile context” for the uptake of social enterprise Read more…

Digital Villages

Case study of the Digital Villages project in Germany where local residents, local authorities and local industry collaborated to develop digital solutions for the rural area. The partnership created a series of apps to encourage and enable community networking and participation via an online marketplace, local news app and a rural delivery service operated by Read more…

Smart Villages

“Smart villages are communities in rural areas that use innovative solutions to improve their resilience , building on local strengths and opportunities”. Smart villages is a sub-theme of the European Network for Rural Development’s work on ‘Smart and Competitive Rural Areas’. Case studies, publications and information from the thematic group available at: https://enrd.ec.europa.eu/enrd-thematic-work/smart-and-competitive-rural-areas/smart-villages_en

Oban and Mull Community Learning Exchange

Report on community learning exchange to Oban and Mull March 2020. Oban and Mull CLE report The key focus of this community learning exchange was on community based social enterprise and the role of collective leadership in rural social enterprise. The report covers key learning points from visits to Hope Kitchen, Green Shoots Community Garden, Read more…

COMCOT – An Innovative Tool for Improving the Competitiveness of Community-Based Tourism

‘Community-based tourism development is based on trust – the process should be understood as a long-term investment in the community. Also do not underestimate the importance of proper networking to ensure long-term co-operation’.

Appin Community Co-operative

When the village shop was under threat in 1983, local people formed the Appin Community Co-operative to take collective ownership of an important local asset. The group have managed to sustain the village shop, an essential service in such a remote location, and reinvest profits into community projects. Case study part of ViSENet materials under Read more…

Bearing Fruit: Good Practice in asset-based rural community development.

This report by DTAS and Carnegie UK looks at seven rural and semi-rural development trusts that have successfully developed and managed community assets. Underpinning the whole project was a desire to see ‘what works’. Current policy approaches to rural community development are often based on the perspective of rural deprivation and disadvantage. However, narrowly focusing Read more…

Ross of Mull and Iona Community Plan

Our Vision. In 10 years time the Ross of Mull and Iona will be a proactive community, developing practical ideas and opportunities to achieve a balanced, socially and economically viable and prosperous population. The Ross of Mull and Iona will be an even more attractive place in which to live, work and visit, by revitalising our fragile and distinctive settlements and communities, with an upgraded infrastructure, wholly in keeping with our outstanding natural environment.

HIE Community Capacity Building

Throughout our communities, there are a range of projects being scoped, underway or already completed and delivering real benefits to our communities. In this publication we have focussed on a selection of the communities we are supporting to give a flavour of the variety of developments being undertaken, always recognising that these communities are at different stages in their journeys towards resilience and have different priorities.

The impact of Coronavirus on rural Scotland

A series of blog posts by the Social Economic and Geographical Sciences Group at The James Hutton Institute looking at the research evidence on: Community resilience and social innovation. The impact on Scottish agriculture. How the virus may open up opportunities and technological change that could lead to positive changes in rural Scotland. Click here Read more…

Rural Lives

Rural Lives is a research project which is examining the wellbeing of people and families in rural areas, focusing in particular on peoples’ ability to meet their financial commitments and needs comfortably – having enough income to meet more than life’s essentials and to deal with unexpected financial shocks. The hope is that the project’s Read more…

Covid-19 and Rural Economies

Briefing note prepared by staff of the Centre for Rural Economy and Rural Enterprise UK, Newcastle University, April, 2020. Includes recommendations for government to address issues facing rural areas. CRE-briefing-Covid19-and-rural-economies

About the project

The most recent survey of social enterprise in Scotland (Social Value Lab 2019) identifies some vital statistics about rural social enterprise in Scotland. While social enterprises in rural areas are diverse, a rural focus group held in Oban in March 2019 recognised that the rural context provides particular challenges and opportunities for social enterprise. Challenges Read more…