John Swinney MSP is new Convener of social enterprise policy forum

Posted: 22 November 2023, in Press Release

Perthshire North MSP, John Swinney, has been elected as the new Convener of the Cross-Party Group on Social Enterprise, alongside the election of new Vice Convener, Ariane Burgess, MSP for Highlands and Islands region.

The Cross-Party Group on Social Enterprise (the CPG) is one of a number of open policy forums in The Scottish Parliament that brings people together with MSPs, to discuss key policy issues that affect communities across Scotland.

Social Enterprise Scotland founded and has managed the CPG for the last few years, as a key tool in which to connect social entrepreneurs with national policy makers.

John Swinney MSP said:“I am delighted to step into the role of Convener for the Social Enterprise Cross-Party Group. Throughout my tenure in government, I witnessed first-hand the significant positive impact that social enterprises have on our economy and the benefits they bring to communities the length and breadth of the country.

“Accordingly, this position affords me a unique opportunity to support and highlight the invaluable role social enterprises play in building an equitable and sustainable Scotland. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that these enterprises continue to thrive, and that they continue to have the opportunity to drive growth and prosperity across Scotland.”

Ariane Burgess MSP said: “The area I represent, the Highlands and Islands, has built up a strong track record for thriving social enterprises and innovative rural businesses generating money for the local economy. I’m delighted to be part of the Cross-Party Group looking to embed this approach to community wealth building across Parliament and Scotland.”

Duncan Thorp, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Social Enterprise Scotland said: “We’re delighted that John and Ariane have stepped forward to take on these key roles and help develop our CPG, in order to amplify the voice of Scotland’s innovative social enterprises.

“Social enterprises are a key driving force in building a better, wellbeing economy. This new economy is about ensuring that everyone in Scotland, particularly the most excluded, lives in a sustainable natural environment, with quality housing, healthy food and a genuine voice in their local community.”