Previous Event:

Edinburgh 2008

Hosted By: CEIS

THEME: Raise awareness of social enterprise as an expanding global mechanism for social change

CEIS is a leading authority in the social enterprise sector and the largest third sector business support provider in Scotland. For over 30 years we have supported social enterprise development and promotion, locally & globally through strong partnerships and relations, forged with enterprises, communities and Governments.


SEWF 2008 was the first international gathering of practitioners and support agencies dealing exclusively with social enterprise and brought together social enterprise leaders and champions from all continents to collaborate, share best practice and plan future developments. This collaboration raised awareness of social enterprise as an expanding global mechanism for social change and explored the merit of ongoing collaboration for key stakeholders.


The outcomes of the inaugural Social Enterprise World Forum were:

  • Increased collaboration between leading agencies promoting and supporting social enterprise throughout the world;
  • Enhanced delegate knowledge and increased social impact, from networking and collaboration with practitioners and agencies from around the world;
  • Heightened awareness of the potential of social enterprise to build sustainable communities in urban and rural settings;
  • An increased understanding of where the market opportunities for social enterprise lie in the medium to long term; and
  • Transferable strategies, systems and models acquired by participants with a view to directly influencing social enterprise development on a worldwide basis.