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Social Enterprise census survey for 2019 under way

The third official count of enterprising charities and social enterprises in Scotland is under way with the Social Enterprise Census 2019.

The Scottish Government is committed to conducting a national census of the social enterprise sector every two years, to help understand the size, shape and needs of the sector.

The Social Enterprise in Scotland Census 2015, was the first comprehensive mapping of the sector in Scotland and demonstrated the scale, reach, contribution and potential of the sector.

The latest (2017) census found 5600 social enterprises across Scotland, an increase of eight per cent on the 2015 census.

The sector is mostly led by women (64 per cent), contributes £2 billion to the economy and employs over 80,000 people.

The very highest densities are found in the Highlands and Islands.  Rural Scotland now accounts for 34 per cent of Scotland’s social enterprises, despite being home to only 18 per cent of the nation’s population.

The next census will be published in September 2019, and work is now ongoing to gather data for this census. The survey went live at the beginning of April and will be open until June.

If your organisation has social or environmental goals, and generates income through contracts or fees of any kind, then they want to hear from you. You could be doing anything from running a village hall, to providing arts activities, transport, or care services.

You can play your part in revealing the changing scale and impact of the sector, by registering some basic information about your organisation and its work.

Any information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and no information will be released that can identify the specific views of you or your organisation.

The survey can be accessed here: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XQPMTWK