The Social Enterprise Local Authority Group (SELAG) is a collaborative initiative formed in 2013, initially driven by Midlothian Council, Falkirk Council, and Social Enterprise Scotland (SES). The group’s purpose is to foster engagement between local authority officers and social enterprises, elevate the profile of social enterprise, and contribute to its growth. SES initially served as the secretariat, later transitioning this role to local authority officers. 

SELAG serves as a pivotal platform for local authority officers specialising in social enterprise business support and sustainability. Its core objectives include raising the profile of social enterprise, facilitating engagement between local authorities and social enterprises, and contributing to the overall growth of the sector. The group conducts quarterly meetings, featuring knowledge exchange, networking, and information sharing on social enterprise development. SES, acting as the secretariat, manages logistical aspects and ensures seamless operations. SELAG’s governance structure emphasises consensus-based decision-making, with a quorum requirement for formal decisions. The group’s evolution is guided by a commitment to transparency, expertise, and mutual benefit for all participating stakeholders. 

SELAG Membership

SELAG’s membership comprises local authority officers with expertise in social enterprise business support and sustainability. Each of the 32 local authorities in Scotland is entitled to appoint one representative. However, multiple officers from a single local authority may attend meetings. These members typically work in areas such as economic development, community development, third sector support, Business Gateway, policy, procurement, Community Wealth Building, or related fields.

Meeting Frequency

SELAG conducts quarterly meetings, ensuring ongoing opportunities for discussion, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. 


SELAG hosts meetings with the aim of facilitating networking, mutual learning, knowledge exchange, and information sharing on social enterprise development. These sessions often feature guest speakers and focus on specific themes such as social investment, the Social Enterprise Strategy, and the Census. Additionally, the group may engage in government consultations and consider other deliverables.

Accountability and Partnership

The management, purpose, and priorities of SELAG are jointly accountable to local authority member officers. Collaboration between local authority officer members and SES is integral to setting the agenda. SES advocates for the policy, financial, and business support needs of social enterprises within the group. 

Meeting Notes and Documentation

Meetings are scheduled by the Chair with at least 10 working days’ notice. Relevant documents are circulated 10 days in advance, where feasible. 

SELAG serves as a dynamic platform for local authorities to collaborate with social enterprises, promote their growth, and address practical challenges in Scotland. Its evolution is guided by a commitment to transparency, expertise, and the mutual benefit of all stakeholders involved. With the active participation of key councils, SELAG plays a crucial role in advancing social enterprise across Scotland. 

SELAG serves as a vital platform for local authority officers specializing in social enterprise business support and sustainability. The participating councils include: 

  1. Aberdeenshire Council 
  2. Angus Council
  3. Argyll & Bute Council
  4. City of Edinburgh Council
  5. Dundee City Council
  6. East Ayrshire Council
  7. East Lothian Council 
  8. East Renfrewshire Council 
  9. Falkirk Council
  10. Fife Council 
  11. Glasgow City Council
  12. Midlothian Council
  13. Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Western Isles) Council 
  14. North Ayrshire Council 
  15. Renfrewshire Council
  16. Scottish Borders Council
  17. Shetland Islands Council
  18. South Lanarkshire Council