Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) September 28th-29th2021

Designed by and for social enterprises, SEWF 2021 will champion the potential of social enterprises – small and large, rural and urban – to bring about inclusive and sustainable economic development. With a spotlight on Canada, the two-day programme will feature keynotes and plenaries with live Q&A, online networking and a virtual marketplace giving you Read more…

New Social Enterprise Action Plan

Inclusive growth through social enterprise Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan/ 2021-2024 This second of three action plans for social enterprise was published on March 24th. It positions social enterprise as central to Scotland’s renewal rooted in fairness and equality and key to transformational change for communities and our people. Read the briefing note prepared for Read more…

New Virtual Community Learning Exchange Series

We would like to invite you to our upcoming series of virtual community learning exchanges, funded by the Scottish Community Alliance. The sessions will focus on themes identified by Rural SEN members as important to their future plans, and will be hosted by social enterprises from Uist, Tiree, and Dumfries. See the links below to Read more…

Social Enterprise Place Awards

Uist, Lewis and Govan recognised in new Social Enterprise Places Scotland scheme.   Scotland has a longheld reputation for social enterprise activity, and on the 21st of January, Social Enterprise Scotland will recognise the impact of social enterprise as part of their Social Enterprise Places awards. Uist and Lewis will be formally recognised on Thursday Read more…

Community Land Scotland’s Manifesto for a Sustainable Scotland

In 2020, Community Land Scotland published their Manifesto for a Sustainable Scotland, titled ‘Land for the Common Good’. The manifesto calls for a “renewed focus on land reform”, and presents bold new proposals that place communities’ relationship with land at the heart of Scotland’s journey towards resilience and sustainability. The manifesto focuses on the following themes: Read more…

Ireland signs the Toledo Declaration on Social Enterprise

Signing the Declaration On Friday 4 December, Heather Humphreys TD, the Irish Minister for Rural and Community Development, announced that Ireland has signed the Toledo Declaration on Social Enterprise. The Toledo Declaration is a commitment to strengthening and supporting social enterprises, recognising the significant role that the social economy has in improving socioeonomic, environmental and health Read more…

Communities Leading in Tourism – SEA

The Social Enterprise Academy are now recruiting for the final cohort of learners for their Communities Leading in Tourism programme – which starts in January 2021.  Read more about this opportunity on the SEA website.  What is it? Communities Leading in Tourism is a personal development programme, which will equip learners with the knowledge and Read more…

New Community-led Housing Report

Community Land Scotland have, this week, published a Report on Community Led Housing. Written by David Ross, Home Delivery reports on the communities and social enterprises across Scotland who are leading on developing their own affordable housing to address local need. The report presents a number of case studies and calls for the principal funder Read more…

Rural SE Hub Stakeholder Report

The Rural Social Enterprise Hub has today published its 2020 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 Nov 2020   The report informs on the key objectives of the Rural Social Enterprise Hub, which are Read more…

R-evolution for Good

R-evolution for Good are a new community benefit society based in Moray, offering training and development to businesses, using 100% of their profit to work one-to-one with families, helping them to step out of poverty.   Earlier this year, R-evolution received start-up funding from Firstport, allowing them to launch their services. However, their planned launch date Read more…

12-month Graduate Placement

Fyne Futures, based in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, are offering an excellent opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to improve their current systems and processes.  Read more here: https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/scotgrad/scotgrad-fyne-futures/   The Role:  Based in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute. Salary – £19,047 per annum 12-month graduate placement Full-time, 35 hours per week Read more…

Rural virtual learning exchanges

We are excited to announce the launch of rural virtual learning exchanges, taking place this October, supported by Inspiralba and the Scottish Community Alliance. In place of traditional learning exchanges, there is still a need for rural social enterprises to be able to share learning and solutions to the challenges posed by Covid.   Stakeholders from Read more…

Free online business training for island and coastal enterprises

The Scottish Islands Federation are offering free on-line training & mentoring for island & coastal entrepreneurs across Scotland and Europe, through the Erasmus+ Blue Social Growth free online programme. Register at bit.ly/registerentrepreneur, and visit www.scottish-islands-federation.co.uk for more info. There are invaluable resources for those promoting enterprise available on the Blue Social Growth learning platform. The Read more…

Involving young people on social enterprise boards

We’ve just published a new case study featuring Brandon Clements, the 20 year-old director on the board of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust. Brandon wanted to act as a voice for Gigha’s youth, and was elected as a director of the board in 2019. Brandon has since overseen a number of projects and research Read more…

18th August 20, Rural SEN Notes

18/8/20 notes – Scotland’s Rural SEN met earlier in August, with 34 people attending from across Scotland. The group included social and community-owned enterprises, representatives from support agencies, and supporters of and those interested in rural social enterprise. We welcomed fellow social entrepreneurs from Estonia, connected via the Erasmus+ ViSEnet project, who joined the meeting Read more…

Unlocking the potential of rural Social Enterprise

This paper reports on an exploratory study with social enterprise stakeholders in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders focused on the potential of social enterprise to contribute to rural development. It considers three key domains that impact on this potential – the rural, the social enterprise and the policy. It argues that ‘social enterprises can Read more…

Social entrepreneurship in a rural context: an over-ideological state?

This study from 2008 considers the factors that influence how social entrepreneurs operate in rural areas, the difficulties they face and how they might be addressed. Based on interviews with 30 social enterprise stakeholders in the Highlands and Island it argues that rural settings present some distinct challenges as well as advantages. While issues of Read more…

Starting social enterprises in remote and rural Scotland: best or worst of circumstances?

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 Read more…

Upland: Spring Fling

Upland, Dumfries and Galloway’s visual art and craft development organisation, have had to make a quick pivot due to COVID-19 and the requirements of social distancing, since so much of their work relied on in-person events such as exhibits, classes and workshops. They introduced their Digital Diversions project, a new way of promoting, connecting and 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…

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