Social Enterprise Scotland is the national policy and campaigning voice for social enterprises:
Much of our policy and campaign work is centred around the implementation of Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026 and the related practical action plans, co-produced by sector bodies and The Scottish Government. Our policy influencing for members is called Get Your Voice Heard #GYVH – Search our “Policy and Resources” page for policy documents, including consultation responses
As Scotland seeks to build a post-lockdown recovery social enterprise expertise has never been more important.
There’s now an added urgency to drive forward a wellbeing economy and succeed in our collective social mission, as we face the twin challenges of economic inequality and climate change.
We believe it’s essential that social enterprise experiences, views, knowledge and expertise should be harnessed in order to influence policy-makers at both a local and national level.
Social Enterprise Scotland members, get in touch about Get Your Voice Heard – email email@example.com to arrange a Zoom call about a specific policy challenge you’re facing – or just to find out how to get involved in #GYVH
Scotland’s 10 year Social Enterprise Strategy (2016-26) and latest practical Action Plan – the key policy documents that guide the development of Scotland’s social enterprise community, co-produced between social enterprise support bodies, social enterprises and The Scottish Government.
See resources and information about social enterprise and the wide third sector from The Scottish Government Third Sector Unit.
Economy and Fair Work Committee – The Scottish Parliament committee primarily responsible for social enterprise. Other committees are relevant to social enterprises such as the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee.
SELAG (Social Enterprise Local Authorities Group) – founded and hosted by Social Enterprise Scotland and local authority partners to connect local authority officers involved in social enterprise development, for mutual learning and information exchange.
#BuySocialScotland is the national initiative to encourage Scottish consumers to purchase products and services from social enterprises and make a difference with their purchasing power.
With over 6000 social enterprises in Scotland, we have a great opportunity to support local businesses that are also having a wider positive impact on key issues facing our society and communities.
By shopping locally and ethically, we can all play a positive role in making Scotland a better and fairer place. Get featured in the campaign.
We also have the #BuySocialScotland Corporate Challenge to facilitate social impact through procurement. The campaign promotes the idea that Scottish businesses have a positive role to play in creating a fairer and more sustainable local economy.
By embedding innovation, diversity and social value into their supply chains, procurement leads in the public and private sector can help support the communities in which they, and their customers, live and work. Browse available services.
The festive season and Valentine’s Day – we also launch regular social media campaigns around public holidays like the December festive season, using #PresentsWithPurpose and #BuySocialScotland to promote public awareness raising, Valentine’s Day uses #LoveSocialEnterprise
Read Give more and shop better this festive season.
Scotland hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 Oct – 12 Nov with a big Climate Fringe programme of events. #COP26
Social enterprises across Scotland are doing great work to tackle the climate emergency, from nature education to recycling, upcycling, outdoor retreats and a diverse mix of other activities – but we must do a lot more to make a real difference.
Social Enterprise Scotland has been working together with sector support organisations in a steering group that has been looking at the climate agenda.
These resources are to help social enterprises on their journey:
Take a look at the Third Sector Net Zero Strategy
A guide to “How to start your organisation’s journey to net zero“.
View our webinar with 5 green social enterprises – “Social enterprise and the climate emergency“
Take a look at our green festive gift guide.
Climate report – Third Sector and Net Zero: results and analysis.
Check out Circular Communities Scotland – supporting charities, social enterprises and other third-sector organisations to make a difference.
A Green Recovery our consultation response.
Case study blogs of green social enterprises:
Darach Social Croft
Cullen Sea School
The Edinburgh Remakery
Stitch the Gap
Clean Water Wave CIC
Also see case studies of community-led climate action from Zero Waste Scotland
To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org
We organise The Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Social Enterprise in The Scottish Parliament – Scotland’s national policy forum that connects social entrepreneurs with MSPs.
Meetings are free to attend and open to anyone involved with social enterprise.
To receive CPG information you need to subscribe to our free news updates.
For any CPG questions please contact email@example.com
The next CPG meeting – “Social enterprise and the climate emergency” is on Tuesday 14 December at 6pm – find out more about the CPG and book your free places here.
The aim of the CPG is to bring MSPs together with social entrepreneurs:
A campaign that aims to:
Book your free places at our public services webinar on Wed 1 Dec – all welcome.
To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org
Social enterprise solutions for Scotland’s public services
Chaotic railways demand social enterprise solutions
Coordinated by Social Enterprise Scotland, the following organisations came together to invite candidates in the May 2021 Scottish Parliament election to sign up to the #SocialEconomyPledge:
Community Resources Network Scotland (CRNS), Co-operatives UK, Scottish Community Alliance, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), SCVO, SenScot, Voluntary Health Scotland and Edinburgh Social Enterprise.
See more details about the Pledge and the list of election candidates who signed their support.
This was a public campaign to inspire the public to get out during their holidays and visit the many social enterprises across Scotland and the UK.
This included sports centres, gift shops, places to stay, theatres, outdoor activities, cafes and more.
Read Take Back control with #SocialSummer2018.
Run in partnership with Social Enterprise Northern Ireland, the Wales Co-operative Centre and Social Enterprise UK, with a digital road map featuring different social enterprises each day.
Previous campaigning was based on For the Good of Everyone – the Manifesto for Social Enterprise 2016, that still has relevant themes and policies for social enterprise development. Read the manifesto here. #VoteSocialEnterprise
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