Social enterprises are over-represented in remote rural areas, and show fastest growth in rural communities – which account for 33% of all social enterprise, but only 17% of the national population.
Welcome to the Scottish Rural Enterprise Network
Why do we exist?
Across Scotland, 33% of social enterprises are located in rural and remote areas, making up a significant proportion of social enterprises overall. Many rural social enterprises are driven by collective action, and the need to sustain essential services, and fulfil community needs and aspirations.
However, many of the learning and networking opportunities for social enterprises have developed from an urban perspective. The Rural SEN recognises the need for separate and distinct networking opportunities for social enterprises based in rural and remote areas, who often face different challenges and opportunities to their urban peers.
When do we meet?
We meet quarterly via Zoom, but hope to be able to connect in-person very soon. The Rural SEN connects social and community enterprises from across rural Scotland, enabling them to share challenges, solutions, and resources, identify potential partnerships, and benefit from a network of peer support.