SOCIAL ENTERPRISE NEWS
Date: Wednesday 18 April 2012Embargo: ImmediateContact: Duncan Thorp 0131 243 2654 / 07501 221 581 email@example.com
Social Enterprise Scotland Announces New Chief Executive
Social Enterprise Scotland has announced that the new permanent Chief Executive of the umbrella body will be Fraser Kelly.
Laurie Russell, Chair of Social Enterprise Scotland, said:
“I am delighted that Fraser Kelly has been appointed by the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland to the post of Chief Executive, following an independent recruitment process and interviews.
“Fraser is the current interim Chief Executive so he will be able to start immediately and it will be a seamless transition.
“I am sure that we will continue our strong working relationships with key stakeholders and that Fraser’s appointment will have a positive impact on our continued role in developing social enterprise in Scotland.”
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), operating in every corner of Scotland and in every sector of the economy.
2. What examples are there? Hebridean Chocolates (Stornoway), The Big Issue, Kibble (Paisley), The Engine Shed (Edinburgh), The Wise Group (Glasgow), Aberdeen Foyer, Bookdonors (Scottish Borders), Buchan Dial-a-Community Bus, Centre of Health and Wellbeing, Link Group Ltd (Edinburgh), Impact Arts, Skye Permaculture Ltd, Institute of Local Television, Media Co-op and North Glasgow Housing Association.
3. 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. www.socialenterprise.scot.
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