Scotland’s new 10-year Social Enterprise Strategy was launched by Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities at the Scottish Government on 14th December at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh.
The strategy sets out a clear vision to ensure that our social enterprise business community thrives and grows over the next decade and beyond.
It draws on key strands around stimulating social enterprise, developing stronger organisations and realising market opportunities.
The strategy was produced in partnership with Scotland’s social enterprise support and development bodies and The Scottish Government.
In a joint statement, Pauline Graham, CEO of Social Firms Scotland, Aidan Pia, Executive Director of Senscot and Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said:
“Scotland is a recognised world leader in social enterprise support and development. The journey towards the launch of this ambitious strategy has been both rewarding and challenging. Our social enterprise community, stretching across every area of urban and rural Scotland, is diverse. This new strategy sets out a clear, powerful and inclusive vision for the growth of social enterprise over the next decade and beyond.”
Brian Weaver, CEO of Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ), said:
Social enterprises are particularly common in our Highland and island communities. Social enterprises are crucial to the economy in this part of the world and we welcome the stability that will be provided by this strategy. We hope it will inspire and encourage a new surge in social entrepreneurship.”
In September the Government also published an action plan to build on the success of social enterprises in the country by helping them sell internationally. The support is intended to help build on the £1.68bn contribution social enterprises already make to the Scottish economy. Currently 5% of social enterprises in the country export their goods and services.
The international action plan includes promotion of social enterprise abroad, including ministerial visits; a focus on investment from both philanthropists and investors; help with trade such as export advice and financial assistance from Scottish Development International; sharing knowledge internationally, with bursaries available for social enterprise leaders to foster international connections.
Click here for a link to the international action plan.