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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Johnson & Johnson

At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

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PwC has been supporting social enterprises for over ten years through collaborating with organisations such as The School for Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprise UK. Both organisations are based in our social enterprise hub, The Fire Station in Southwark London, which houses our own social enterprise ‘Brigade’, a restaurant training those at risk of homelessness into jobs.

We’ve extended our reach across the UK and beyond working with PwC territories around the world. Through our PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club in the UK, we support over 250 social enterprises with mentors and masterclasses. However the area they request most support in is routes to markets through our people and our supply chain. As large businesses, we can leverage our procurement decisions to effect positive change. Buying social – procuring from social enterprises, is a great way to deliver social and environmental impact.

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Highlands and Islands Enterprise

At Highlands and Islands Enterprise, we support ambitious businesses, social enterprises and communities whose vision, skills and hard work can help our region achieve sustainable economic growth.

Through our network of teams located across the Highlands and Islands, from Shetland to Argyll and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, we are helping social enterprises, communities and businesses to become more productive, innovative and resilient.

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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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Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. Our role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. We support ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. We also work with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.


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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.