Can social enterprise contribute to creating sustainable rural communities?

This study based on interviews with social enterprise stakeholders in the Highlands and Islands considers the extent to which social enterprise can address social and economic challenges in remote and rural areas. Promotors of social enterprise include the market context, the culture of self-help, support from rural communities and the small size and thus flexibility Read more…

Access and Progression Routes Survey

Discussion at the latest Rural SEN meeting highlighted the importance of social enterprises to provide access and progression routes for young people, especially in light of the unemployment and youth unemployment challenges that are being projected as a result of Covid-19. The provision of local access and progression routes are vital to give young people Read more…

Kintyre Recycling Ltd works towards reopening its shop

As businesses begin to cautiously reopen, they are working hard to make sure they comply with government guidance and keep their staff and customers safe. This is especially true for social enterprises, who often rely on the income of their shops to assist with community benefit costs. As organisations start to think about the next phase and reopening, many have concerns about reaching the 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…