The Scottish Government is committed to realising the full potential of social enterprise; a way of doing business that is great for the economy and great for the people of Scotland.

Over the last decade the Scottish Government has put in place a world leading ‘eco-system of support’ for social enterprise, with increasing levels of international interest.

This system includes specialist business support, spaces for innovation and collaboration, incubators and accelerators, education and leadership programmes and affordable sources of social finance.

In 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Justice and Equalities launched ‘Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy’, a fully coproduced, ten-year strategy to further strengthen this innovative movement for change.

In 2017, we worked with the sector to identify 92 specific actions to realise these shared ambitions, including doubling the amount of seed capital available to social entrepreneurs and increasing investment in the ‘Social Enterprise in Education’ programme.

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The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Through our Global Social Enterprise programme, we promote the development of social entrepreneurship to help address entrenched social and environmental problems and deliver positive change in our communities and societies.

Our work draws on UK experience and expertise and is delivered across 29 countries with local and international partners.

Together, we provide social entrepreneurs with access to training, mentoring and funding opportunities and promote social enterprise education in schools and universities. We convene policy dialogues, organise study tours and conduct research to share knowledge and best practice in scaling social enterprise and social investment. We also deliver international development projects that promote the growth of social entrepreneurship.

It is a systemic approach designed to help foster a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future and build collaboration, opportunities and trust between the UK and other countries.

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Established in 1984, the vision of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) is to make Scotland a better place to live and work with a more inclusive economy. To realise this CEIS engages with businesses and communities to build capacity and to address inequality. Our social enterprise support is internationally recognised and this work is complemented by business finance, employability services, event management, social research and asset based community development. Our clients include individuals seeking employment, businesses requiring support and public bodies interested in social change. Learn more at

Social Enterprise UK

Together with our members we are the voice for social enterprise in the UK. We build markets, undertake research, provide information and tools, share knowledge, raise awareness and campaign to create a business environment where social enterprises thrive.  Our members range from local grass-roots organisations to multi-million-pound businesses.


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Kibble Education and Care Centre

Kibble is one of Scotland’s oldest charities and a leading provider of child and youth care services.  Many of the young people who come to Kibble have experienced trauma in their lives. Through its integrated range of services Kibble helps young people (aged five +) with complex social, emotional, behavioural and educational needs to move forward and lead sustained, healthy and fulfilled lives. It provides residential care, secure care, primary and secondary education, intensive fostering services, young workforce development, outreach services and preventative and rehabilitative services.

Kibble also operates a number of social enterprises, including its newest and largest venture The Experience.  Based in Hillington Park, The Experience houses Scotland’s only indoor electric go-karting arena, laser tag, Refuel Café, and conference centre.  On the surface, The Experience looks like a fun day out – and it is – but for like-minded organisations driven by values, it’s so much more.  It offers a unique setting for conferences and events, team building and development days, gala dinners, product launches, and a whole lot more.  Operating as a young workforce development centre, young people also have the chance to gain valuable experience in a real working environment while gaining qualifications.

Look out for ‘good’, a unique project coming soon to Buchanan Galleries. Managed by Kibble, the project will connect communities and bring public and third sector organisations together to share and learn through information, events and activities.

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MacRoberts – A modern law firm, standing the test of time.

MacRoberts, one of Scotland’s leading independent law firms, is a trusted adviser to charities, the third sector and social enterprise in Scotland. Through their team’s affiliations with the sector, they have a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing those sectors and their expertise and experience means they are ideally placed to work with their clients to achieve their outcomes.

MacRoberts have always believed that they have a responsibility to use their legal knowledge for a wider good. They aim to make their legal skills available to the charitable and not-for-profit sector on an affordable basis. Their work spans the entire spectrum of third sector organisations, from pro-bono, through to small organisations working to a fixed budget, to some of Scotland’s largest charities with complex legal needs.