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As a member-led intermediary organisation, our members are at the heart of everything we do.  We exist to support, represent, and champion the social enterprise sector and ensure members feel informed, supported and connected.

The social enterprise sector is growing.  Join Social Enterprise Scotland and be part of our dynamic and supportive social enterprise community and benefit from our high-quality membership services.  We’re here to strengthen social enterprises at all stages of their development

Social Enterprises can join for free if their turnover is less than £250,000, membership fees then apply based on turnover.

If you’re not a social enterprise yourself but you support the growth and development of the social enterprise sector, then please join as a Supporter Member.  Fees start at £100, and then increase based on turnover.

Take a look at our member categories and key membership benefits below and click on the ‘Join Us’ button to start your application.


for social enterprises

Our most valued services according to our 22/23 member survey were:

  • Free advice, information and support to help your social enterprise develop
  • Policy engagement and sector representation through our dedicated policy team – help us influence and shape policy
  • A monthly funding bulletin jam packed with current opportunities
  • The Social Enterprise Weekly bulletin highlighting social enterprise, supporter and sector news and opportunities
  • A wide range of events (topical and themed) to learn, exchange knowledge, share good practice, network and connect
  • Access to a rich network of public, private and third sector contacts
  • Free publicity and promotion for your social enterprise, including The Social Enterprise Spotlight


for social enterprise supporters

SES offers a unique platform for supporters to:

  • Learn about Scotland’s inspiring social enterprises
  • Access and engage with our extensive network of social enterprises
  • Integrate social enterprises to improve and transform your supply chain
  • Drive your CSR strategy and community benefits
  • Build an ethical public profile
  • Showcase your products and services, growing your profile and business in the sector

Join as a social enterprise (or as an emerging social enterprise member)

To join as a social enterprise member and get our “We’re a social enterprise logo” you need to meet these criteria:

  • We’re a trading business – selling goods and services – but whose primary objective is to achieve social and/or environmental benefit.
  • Our constitution commits to reinvesting all profits back into the social enterprise or in the beneficiary community.
  • Our constitution requires that on dissolution, our assets are reinvested in another organisation with similar aims and objectives.
  • We’re constituted and managed in an accountable and transparent way.
  • We’re distinct from the public sector and are not a subsidiary of a public body.

For emerging social enterprises, you can join under the following categories:

  • Start Up (for new social enterprises who are working towards an appropriate legal structure, who aim to meet our Social Enterprise Member criteria above and membership of Social Enterprise Scotland will help their development)
  • Transitioning (for existing organisations who are looking to become a social enterprise)
  • Social Entrepreneurs (for individuals operating as sole traders and who are committed to trading primarily with a social and/or environment objective and to reinvesting profits into their organisation)

It’s free for organisations to join Social Enterprise Scotland if their turnover is under £250,000. Membership fees then increase based on turnover. If you’d like to discuss membership fees, please contact


Join as a social enterprise supporter

Social enterprise allies and supporters are very important to us and to our social enterprise community.

Our Supporter Members come in different shapes and sizes – local authorities and other public bodies, private sector businesses, third sector organisations, other intermediary support/umbrella organisations, and academic institutions – who believe in the value and impact of the social enterprise sector in Scotland.

Social Enterprise Scotland can help Supporter Members connect with social enterprises, to help them develop programmes to support the social enterprise sector or by advising them on how to get more social enterprises into their supply chains.

Perhaps you could offer support to the sector? Can you provide (non-financial) expertise to social enterprises by utilising your skills and knowledge to support our members who might be looking for support in areas like Finance, Marketing, Media and much more.

Become a member and demonstrate your support for our diverse and inclusive social enterprise movement, you’ll also get our exclusive “We’re a social enterprise supporter” logo.

Social enterprise is a worldwide movement in which Scotland is proud to have a prominent place, join us and be part of that growing community.

It’s free for organisations to join Social Enterprise Scotland if their turnover is under £250,000. Membership fees then increase based on turnover. If you’d like to discuss membership fees, please contact


Our friendly membership team is happy to speak to you if you would like to discuss joining Social Enterprise Scotland – just email us on and we’ll be in touch.