Joint Letter From Social Enterprise Scotland and SCDI

Posted: 12 June 2014, in Press Release


Wednesday 11 June 2014
Embargo: Immediate

Duncan Thorp   0131 243 2654

Please see letter below for general publication.


Time to work together for a better Scotland

We often talk about breaking down barriers, silo thinking and partnership working between the public, private and third sectors. But this engagement must be meaningful. It’s essential that we build an enduring relationship between the social enterprise community and the private sector, as well as practise meaningful engagement with public sector partners.

A good example of this collaboration is the work between SCDI and Social Enterprise Scotland. The upcoming Social Enterprise Exchange Leadership Dinner will kick-start the conversation and open up social enterprise to a wider audience.

It’s about dialogue and understanding each other better and practical action to enhance business, implement innovation and roll out public sector reform. It’s about partnering for procurement bids, skills exchanges, better supply chains and better community engagement. It’s about demonstrating how social enterprises work at the frontline to help tackle social problems that would otherwise have a negative impact on public services and businesses.

Breaking down barriers is the responsibility of all of us, as we seek to build a better Scotland, regardless of the outcome of the independence referendum. The goal of those working in business, in public services and in social enterprise should be to improve lives by creating a strong, sustainable economy in which everyone can play a role. We look forward to taking this vision forward together.

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland and Ross Martin, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI)