New Short Movie Launched to Highlight Social Enterprise in Scotland

Posted: 13 December 2011, in Press Release

Date: Tuesday 13 December 2011
Embargo: Immediate
Contact: Duncan Thorp 0131 243 2654 / 07501 221 581


New Short Movie Launched to Highlight Social Enterprise in Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland is launching a new short movie today to highlight the social and economic impact of social enterprise.

The short film has been produced by VideoWise and will be launched at the meeting of Scotland’s first ever Cross-Party Group on Social Enterprise in The Scottish Parliament today.

The film features social enterprises such as the Link Group and the Wise Group, as well as new Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson MSP and Chic Brodie, SNP MSP, new Convener of the Cross-Party Group. 

Fraser Kelly, Acting Chief Executive Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

“We are delighted to be launching this new short film in The Scottish Parliament today. Social enterprises are innovative businesses operating across Scotland and have a crucial role to play in not just changing lives but contributing towards economic recovery.”

You can see the 5 minute film here:

Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent Scottish organisation, built and controlled by grassroots social enterprises across the country.


Notes to Editors:

1. What is social enterprise? Social enterprises are businesses that trade specifically for social and/or environmental purposes. Social enterprises exist to make a profit just like any private sector business. However, instead of paying dividends to share holders, profits are reinvested into social and environmental purposes. Without making a profit, social enterprises cannot meet their objectives; they must trade, to be sustainable. The more profit made, the more can be invested in the purpose. This more-than-profit approach is used by, for example: Co-operatives and mutuals, Credit Unions, Housing Associations, Social Firms, Development Trusts and Community Interest Companies (CICs).

2. What is Social Enterprise Scotland? We are the national collective voice for social enterprise in Scotland. We bring together social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force for change, to represent the full range of social enterprises. We raise the profile of social enterprise as a dynamic business model, champion the values and benefits of social enterprise to a broad range of stakeholders and represent the needs and views of social enterprise to policy and decision-makers in Scotland. We are an independent and Scottish membership-led organisation. Membership is open to all social enterprises, their networks and intermediaries and supporters.