This study extends the analysis of specific promotors/ barriers to the success of social enterprise in the Scottish Highlands to consider issues relating to health and social care.
It finds thinking not well developed and issues in relation to procurement. While those interviewed could see a role for rural social enterprise in maintaining the wellbeing of community members, being a first point of contact in an emergency and as providers of personalised services, there were significant barriers in terms of professional reluctance to accept different service models and protection of employment and associated rights.
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Farmer, J., Steinerowski, A. and Jack, S. (2008) Starting social enterprises in remote and rural Scotland: best or worst of circumstances? International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, 6(3), 450-464. (DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2008.019138)