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.

For information on Scottish Government support for the third sector, visit:


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.

For more information, visit

Follow on Twitter: @SocEntGlobal


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.

For more information, visit:

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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Sponsors & Donors

- Platinum Sponsor -

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.

For more information, visit:

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As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is committed to helping companies of all sizes and industries become best run businesses. Now more than ever, being the best means making a difference. It means connecting people and information to address the world’s biggest challenges. It means delivering an intelligent enterprise for our customers so they can achieve their desired outcomes. SAP applications and services enable more than 388,000 business and public sector customers to operate successfully, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. SAP stands for a higher purpose that goes beyond economic success and uses our considerable resources and broad reach to help the world’s economy, society, and environment prosper. We recognize that no one organisation can go it alone.  We place significant emphasis on partnership, working closely with non-profit organisations and social enterprises that have impact in the areas of quality education and decent work. We share our unique skills, expertise, products and financial support with our partners, accelerating their ability to achieve impact, and in turn, our own. Together, we help the world run better and improve people’s lives.

For more information, visit:

Follow us on Twitter: @sap4good 



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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.

For more information, visit:

Follow on social media:
Twitter: @HIEScotland
Facebook: highlandsandislandsenterprise
LinkedIn: highlands-&-islands-enterprise
Youtube: Highlands and Islands Enterprise

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Kibble Group

Kibble is one of Scotland’s oldest charities and a leading social enterprise. As a specialist provider of services for at-risk children and young people, Kibble works with young people (aged 5+) with complex social, emotional, behavioural, and educational needs. Many of the young people we support have experienced significant trauma in their lives and Kibble offers a place of safety, structure and stability.

Through our integrated range of services, we empower young people to move forward and enjoy happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. These include residential care, secure care, primary and secondary education, specialist intervention services, intensive fostering services, young workforce development, outreach services, and preventative and rehabilitative community services.

As part of our commitment to providing employment and training opportunities for young people (aged 15+), we run a number of social enterprises, offering high-quality products and services. Our social enterprise model is based on labour market intelligence which ensures young people are undertaking work-based learning that’s relevant to the current jobs market.

Based in Hillington Park near Glasgow, The Experience is Kibble’s newest and largest social enterprise. It houses Scotland’s only indoor electric go-karting arena, laser tag, Refuel Café, and conference centre. It offers a unique setting for conferences and events, team building and development days, gala dinners, product launches, and a whole lot more.

Our social enterprise business model allows us to reinvest in the organisation to ensure we are achieving the best outcomes for the young people we support. For more information, visit: or follow us on Twitter: @KibblePaisley.


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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.

For more information, visit:

Follow on social media:
Twitter: @scotent
Facebook: scottishenterprise

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Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources.

We are funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development funds to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.

For more information, please visit: 

Follow us on Twitter: @ZeroWasteScot

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Social Enterprise Institute

The World’s School for Social Enterprise  
The Social Enterprise Institute (SEI) brings all the know-how and tools you will need to start, manage and grow an amazing social enterprise.

GET KNOW-HOW. Gain know-how from easy-to-use templates and tools, expert webinars, and the world’s largest collection of short online courses for social entrepreneurs.

GET ANSWERS. Get reassurance and answers (instantly) from our network of world-leading instructors, coaches, and mentors.

GET CONNECTED. Draw on inspiration, ideas and advice from a global community of purpose-driven founders and leaders.

Wherever you are. Whenever you need us.

Find out more at:

Follow on social media:
Facebook: Social Shifters Facebook Group
Youtube: Social Shifters Channel
Twitter: @SocialShifters

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The City of Edinburgh Council

The City of Edinburgh Council recognise that a thriving social enterprise sector is key to an inclusive and sustainable economy.

Edinburgh, which is home to 250 social enterprises has established a Social Enterprise support system, with the City of Edinburgh Council/Business Gateway, Edinburgh Social Enterprise and First Port collaborating to provide a business environment where social enterprise can thrive.

Business Gateway/The City of Edinburgh Council have worked with 150 social entrepreneurs over the last year.

For more information, visit: and

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MacRoberts – A law firm as individual as you. 

MacRoberts is one of Scotland’s leading independent law firms, maintaining strong links with charities, the third sector and social enterprise in Scotland from its offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee. MacRoberts has market-leading experience of assisting all those who seek to put their values into trading on both structuring and regulatory matters and to meet full commercial training needs. The firm works closely with, and for, a larger number of the main public sector and intermediary bodies and investors involved in support and investment within the sector, including in relation to innovative, evolving and hybrid social impact investment models. Having previously participated in SEWF events in Rio, Milan and Christchurch, MacRoberts is delighted to be a core sponsor of the 2018 event in Edinburgh.

For more information, visit:

Follow on social media:
Twitter: @MacRoberts
Facebook: MacRobertsLLP
LinkedIn: MacRoberts LLP

- Bronze Sponsor -

Royal Bank of Scotland

The social enterprise sector is an integral part of Royal Bank of Scotland’s strategy to make a positive difference to communities across the UK and Northern Ireland. For us, supporting these enterprises is about more than being a provider of banking products and services. We want to work together, understanding what is important to individual communities for the long-term with sustainability a key objective.

We choose to work with a range of partners and networks to create opportunities for businesses that would not be found elsewhere. This is why we are so proud of our own Charity, Social & Community Capital, that lends to social-led businesses who are unable to achieve mainstream finance. By helping to unleash the talent of the UK’s social entrepreneurs, we are contributing towards achieving a more sustainable economy and a stronger society.

For more information, visit  and

Follow on Twitter: @RBSBusiness

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Social Enterprise Academy

Social Enterprise Academy’s international network of local Hubs supports people to develop themselves, build sustainable social enterprises and achieve greater social impact.

Every Hub is co-developed with a partner embedded in the local community and social enterprise ecosystem. In partnership with local organisations, they develop and share learning and development programmes with the wider network, and recruit local practitioners to deliver them. We also work extensively in schools to develop social enterprises with young people.

The Academy’s programmes focus on leadership, enterprise, personal development and social impact measurement – ultimately we aim to help people develop their strengths, build teams, and create stronger organisations that have more impact.

For more information, visit:

Follow on social media:
Twitter: @socentacademy


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Social Value Lab

Social Value Lab is an international centre for social enterprise policy research, strategy and impact practice. Part think-tank and part consultancy, our mission is to build the social enterprise movement through game-changing evidence and ideas.

Headquartered in Scotland, we work on a range of UK and international projects. Through our core team and international network we bring expertise in research, strategic planning, management consulting, service design, programme evaluation and impact measurement.

For more information, visit:

Follow us on Twitter: @socialvaluelab

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The University of Edinburgh

As a truly global university, rooted in Scotland, the University of Edinburgh seeks to benefit society as a whole. We build on a long and proud history of advancing knowledge for the public good – from our foundation in 1583, through our flourishing of talent and sceptical enquiry in the Enlightenment of the 18th century to the present day. As one of the world’s top 20 universities, the breadth and depth of our scholarship, learning and teaching and our entrepreneurial and creative culture enables us to make a positive difference to people’s lives – both close to home and globally.

Part of our strategic vision is to see deeper and earlier collaboration with industry, the third and public sectors to enhance research, knowledge exchange and to give our students the best possible set of skills for their future. To this end we are delighted to sponsor the Social Enterprise World Forum 2018.

For more information, visit:

Twitter: @EdinInnovations

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Friendly Fires

FriendlyFires helps business leaders drive corporate social impact, via collaboration with the social entrepreneurs and innovators outside their organisation.

We are allies for the future-focused.

Corporate leaders increase their capacity to try new things and progress social impact performance.

Social entrepreneurs get the opportunity to develop scalable solutions to clearly-defined challenges for known markets.

The world gets an accelerated response to important social challenges.

It’s a win-win-win.

For more information, visit:

Follow on Twitter: @friendlyfiresyo

- Support Sponsor -

Just Enterprise

Just Enterprise is the Scottish Government’s flagship programme designed to help both established social enterprises and budding social entrepreneurs achieve their trading ambitions. Delivered by a consortium of specialist sectoral organisations, Just Enterprise is committed to the growth and sustainability of Scotland’s third sector and provides a universal solution across the length and breadth of Scotland.

The primary service offerings of start-up, business development and leadership services extend to offer a full range of business support, business recovery, procurement, pre-investment, and learning services to drive the sustainability, growth and competitiveness of social enterprises.

For more information, visit:

Follow on Twitter: @justenterprise






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Postcode Innovation Trust

Postcode Innovation Trust has been newly created to support social enterprises to increase their social and environmental impact. The Trust has two programmes:

  • The Social Investment Programme provides low cost financial support for social enterprises across Great Britain that are aiming to achieve impact in the areas of social inclusion, community development and environmental improvement.
  • The Social Enterprise Support Programme collaborates with intermediaries to help develop the social enterprise ecosystem.

​Postcode Innovation Trust is funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

For more information, visit:

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Link Group Ltd

Link is a group of award-winning housing, support and regeneration social enterprise companies serving more than 15,000 customers throughout Scotland. Since Link was established in 1962, we have become a leader in developing and delivering innovative homes and services for those in need. Link expects to build up to 3,100 new homes within the next five years for social and affordable rent or for low cost home ownership.

Link looks forward to developing further the scope and range of its services which it has evolved to meet the changing needs of the people who use them, by taking an active role in the creation of sustainable communities, by developing partnerships with tenants, local people and other agencies to build low cost homes and community and health facilities.

Link is committed to the principles of social justice, social enterprise and financial inclusion.

For more information, visit:

Follow on social media:
Facebook: @LinkGroupLtd 
Twitter: @Link_Group_Ltd

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Bates Wells

Bates Wells is a professional services firm, combining a UK 100 legal practice with consultancy services in impact management, planning and strategy. We’ve been at the heart of the social enterprise sector for decades, working with many of its most innovative companies – from the establishment of the Fairtrade Foundation in the early 1990s, to Charity Bank a decade later, and Big Society Capital and the Social Stock Exchange a decade after that.

Together with our investment and impact advisory team, our social enterprise lawyers provide practical, commercial advice on any aspect of setting up, financing and running a social enterprise.

For more information, visit:

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Diageo is a company with a rich Scottish heritage – our roots can be traced back to 1627 and since then has played an important role in shaping Diageo. Our business in Scotland is responsible for producing over 50 million cases of leading brands of Scotch whisky and white spirits annually including Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Tanqueray. We now export to 180 markets around the world and employ 4,000 people in Scotland, working in 50 communities across the country.

For further information, visit