Rural social enterprise

Social Enterprise World Forum is working to support rural social enterprise policy and practice throughout the world as the social enterprise model is critical to rural resilience and sustainable rural economic development. We convene rural policy dialog to encourage rural communities and policy makers to identify and share best practice and build capacity and connectivity. The issues facing rural communities in an uncertain world are complex and as such, our solutions require multi-pronged approaches. Wherever rejuvenation is occurring, we see local communities activating their entrepreneurial spirit with a focus on equipping the next generation. 

Our partners – ACRE, Common Good Solutions, Akina Foundation, Inspiralba and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have unsurpassed understanding and experience of ground-up approaches to rural development and rejuvenation. They are genuine leaders, recognised and respected internationally and we are working globally to connect those interested in rural social enterprise. Our activities include sharing learning materials, influencing policy development, and collaborating for local and global impact. SEWF convened its first Rural Symposium in 2018 and will repeat in 2020 and 2022. A platform for connecting and sharing learning materials and collaboration opportunities is currently being developed. 

For information on the density and characteristics of rural social enterprise in Scotland check out the 2019 Census. 

To keep up to date on the SEWF 2021 Rural Symposium, visit