We are working with partners in Argyll, Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Callander, London and Dublin to organize a series of social enterprise study tours, which SEWF delegates can register to attend prior to the main SEWF on 12-14th September. These are an excellent scene setter for the main forum allowing delegates to experience the rich and diverse social enterprise scene in the UK as well as taking in some local sight-seeing and culture.
Delegates can choose from two-day tours in the Highlands, Dublin and Callander or if you’re more pressed for time, you can choose a one-day tour in Glasgow or Edinburgh. Walking tours will also be available in Edinburgh on the morning of 12th September.
NB Information and costs on our Edinburgh, Glasgow and London tours will be available soon.
Participants who wish to cancel their study tour place will be subject to our main event terms and conditions
Disclaimer: Start and end points for each of the study tours are indicated. It is the responsibility of delegates to get themselves to/from the start and end points. CEIS can not accept liability for any costs incurred by anyone who misses their tour. No refund will be eligible in this instance.
Study tours must have a minimum of 15 participants per tour. Any study tour that does not reach minimum numbers may be cancelled. In this instance an alternative study tour may be offered or a full refund will be made to registered delegates. CEIS can not accept liability for any costs incurred for tours that are cancelled.
Argyll and Bute is a large area of outstanding beauty and enormous variety, stretching from the Mull of Kintyre to Glencoe and including the Westerly Atlantic islands of Tiree and Coll. This is a land of contrast and diversity with six towns, many remote rural communities and 25 inhabited islands. With a population of 92,000 people, the local economy is as diverse as its communities, and the area has both challenges as well as strengths. The natural environment is among the most unspoiled in the UK with a rich biodiversity. (1)
The 2017 Social Enterprise Census for Scotland demonstrates the significance of Social Enterprise in the rural context with 34% of Scotland’s social enterprises with only 18% of the nation’s population 2 This is confirmed in the Argyll and Bute Census Report 2017 3 , with £87.33million per annum generated by the sector, a significant contribution to the local economy in terms of economic benefit. The social benefit being more significant still, as many Social Enterprises indicated that there was not an alternative provider of their services. The study visit of Argyll and Islands will provide an insight to the land, the geography and some of the inspiring social entrepreneurs that help to ensure our communities are sustainable.
Travelling ‘over the water’ to the Island of Bute will allow us to learn about social housing provision in the rural context with Fyne Homes, then Fyne Futures will give us an overview of their environmental services, which help provide employment and training for unemployed people on the island. Then we will travel off island on the wee ferry to Cowal, where we can get a quick introduction to community land ownership then our final ferry of the day will take us to Tarbert. Some entertainment and some of the areas fabulous local food will be on the menu after a busy day and to allow time for networking. The second day we can learn from one of the areas longest serving social enterprises with Tarbert Harbour Authority. Then on to Mid Argyll Community Pool to see their community run leisure facilities and learn about their exciting community asset developments. We will then travel up to Cairndow and visit Here We Are, to learn about the heritage activities and sense of place work, as well as income generation from renewables that have been developed locally.
Argyll and Bute Council Economic Development overview. Social Enterprise Census 2017 Report, Sept 2017 http://www.socialvaluelab.org.uk/wp- content/uploads/2017/09/Census-2017-Main-Report.pdf
Social Enterprise in Argyll and Bute Report, November 2017
Photo credit: Paul Tomkins/Visit Scotland
Callander is a beautiful holiday town situated at the junction of two rivers in an area of outstanding natural beauty known as The Trossachs within one of Scotland’s two National Parks.
Callander has an active community and social enterprise ecosystem. Our local Development Trust has established a community hydro scheme which disseminates grant income to local social enterprises, encouraging start-ups and supporting established projects. Come and visit Callander and you will not only see an amazing landscape in the Gateway to the Highlands, but you will also meet some amazing people! Callander has Scotland’s first 5-star Hostel which supports young people who are unable to access the labour market. You will meet a real Clan who have been extras on a number of Hollywood films including the local filming of Outlander. We will take you to Doune Castle to experience a scene from Outlander where you will be able to dress up as a Clansman. Another exciting local social enterprise is the Sir Walter Scott Steamship; we are offering a cruise on Loch Katrine with a Jazz Band performing as well as an opportunity to cycle around the picturesque loch. We have a number of social enterprises who are keen to develop their shared learning and we will facilitate a networking event to share experiences over breakfast on the second day and give you a chance to explore how a rural community came together and used social enterprise as a solution to build capacity and solve local problems.
Photo Credit: Kenny Lam/ Visit Scotland
Dublin is on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Our music, art and literature have travelled the world and made an impact on the hearts and minds of millions. Dublin is a multi- cultural city, creative hub and in 2010 was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature in recognition of its cultural profile.
Ireland has a buoyant social enterprise sector which has contributed to Ireland’s economic recovery. We are introducing a national policy to formalize the sector which should provide an opportunity to further develop Social Enterprise services in both rural and urban communities.
Come and visit Dublin, not only will you get an opportunity to sample the ‘Irish Craic’ and some cultural highlights but you will also meet a host of amazing people. We will take you to visit some local social enterprises such as ReCreate where you will get an opportunity to get in touch with your creative side. You will visit Partas, a successful social enterprise who will provide a tour of their facilities including their brewery which recently produced an award-winning beer.
There shall be a networking evening in the famous Trinity College where you will get a chance to meet social enterprises whom are keen to share their experiences.
On the second day you can explore the city which is steeped in history and visit some cultural highlights such as the City Hall, Dublin Castle, the Chester Beatty Library, home to a treasure trove of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books. Christ Church Cathedral, this incredible feat of architecture dates back to the 11th century and was built to overlook the old Viking settlement. The famous Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College.
James Joyce and Oscar Wilde statues — just two of the great Irish names immortalised in metal and stone across the city.
Recently named as one of National Geographic’s Best Trips 2018, Dublin is described as ‘Europe’s largest village’.
We have always known Dublin is a great place to visit, but don’t just take our word for it!
Glasgow is Scotland's largest city and is renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people. Glasgow offers a blend of internationally-acclaimed museums and galleries, stunning architecture, vibrant nightlife, fantastic shopping and a diverse array of restaurants and bars. Vibrant and energetic, Glasgow enjoys a year-round buzz with an arts scene that regularly produces cutting-edge productions and attracts high-profile exhibitions.
The social enterprise sector in Glasgow is diverse. Currently there are 730+ social enterprises in Glasgow, which is an increase of 4% since 2015. 1 in 8 social enterprises in Scotland are in Glasgow and there are circa 1 social enterprise for every 890 people in Glasgow. Social enterprises are active across all economic sectors but most are in the arts and creative industry (22%), health and social care (13%) and housing (8%)*. Come to Glasgow in the days before the Forum to experience this vibrant sector and get a flavour of the SE sector in this lovely city.
*Information from Social Enterprise in Glasgow 2017
Photo credit: Kenny Lam/Visit Scotland
The tour is based around Inverness which is known as Scotland’s Highland capital and is situated in the north of Scotland. It is one of the smallest cities with a population of approximately 61,000 people. Today tourism is a very important part of the economy and the city is fast growing.
The region is home to a variety of social enterprises, some new and some very well established. Your first visit will be to one of the oldest social enterprises in this picturesque city dating back to the 1870s. Later that day you will experience a cruise down the canal and then out into Loch Ness, home to the infamous Loch Ness Monster! and catch a glimpse of one of the most iconic castles in the World – Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. Later that evening you will be entertained by traditional folk musicians and eat at a local social enterprise café with the opportunity to chat to a range of social enterprise business leaders and supporters.
The following day you will leave the city and head north into the countryside and take in a Distillery. Not just any distillery but one recently established as a community benefit society and a prime destination on the NC500 tourist route. Heading back south you will hear about and meet more social enterprises and experience lunch at another social enterprise café. Your final destination will be in the stunning Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in Britain. By making the journey itself you will observe the noticeable drop in population numbers as you move north and by the end of your trip will have an understanding and appreciate why more social enterprises exist in the Highlands and Islands – per head of population – than anywhere else in Scotland.
Palace Hotel: www.invernesspalacehotel.co.uk (Circa £179per person B&B)
Glen Mhor Hotel: http://www.glen-mhor.com/(Circa £129 per person)
Premier Inn: http://www.premierinn.com/highlands/inverness (Circa £108 per person)
Travelodge: www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/631/inverness-city-centre-hotel (Circa £130 per person)
Photo credit: Paul Tomkins/Visit Scotland
For those travellers arriving into Heathrow and perhaps staying over for a few days prior to the start of the SEWF, why not start your world forum experience in one of the world’s greatest cities? As well as being home to some of the world’s greatest cultural institutions, London is also home to 000’s of incredibly diverse social enterprises. This 4-hour walking tour will take in an inspiring assortment of social enterprises, including social enterprise bus company HCT group, Divine chocolate, stopping for coffee with mobile coffee company Change Please! Followed with lunch at social enterprise restaurant, Brigade bar and Bistro. We will then embark on a fun exploration of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home to a number of newly born social enterprises created as part of the legacy commitment of London’s Olympic bid in 2012. This is an action packed 4-hour tour that includes refreshments and lunch!
Photo credit: Kenny Lam/Visit Scotland