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New plan aims to boost the social enterprise sector

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Additional investment of more than £5 million has been announced by the Scottish Government

A new three-year plan to boost social enterprise in Scotland has been published.

The latest Social Enterprise Action Plan will offer increased support to the sector - boosting its potential for growth and putting the social enterprise model at the heart of Scotland’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scottish Government says the plan demonstrates its commitment to social enterprise as a way of doing business for the common good and  to building a wellbeing economy.

Key investments include:

  • £2 million over three years to ensure that by 2024 every school child will have the opportunity to engage with a social enterprise project in their school career, introducing the benefits of the social enterprise model to young people
  • investing an additional £1.5 million to build on the successful programme of support offered through Adapt and Thrive, which helps community organisations wanting to diversify their income streams
  • investing £1.5 million to create a clear pipeline for social enterprises from conception to the international market, with a focus on ethical opportunities in emerging markets such as Africa and South East Asia

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell said: “I am delighted that we have today launched our new Social Enterprise Action Plan.

“As we move forward from the effects of Covid-19, we need to ensure that we build back in a way that helps us rebalance our economy and enables us to create a society that is free from inequalities and disadvantage.

“The Scottish Government wants to create a wellbeing economy that works for everyone. Social enterprises will be central to this work, demonstrating this ethos through conducting business with social purpose. The social enterprise model can also help us to deliver on our aim to protect the environment, ensuring a just transition to a net zero future.”



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Margaret Simpson MBE FRSA
over 2 years ago

I have been really looking forward to the action plan and investment as we have been really working hard to develop our services including a really successful seed corn fund that we were given by the Cabinet secretary and our Third sector division. The outcomes for our members has been excellent hopefully this can continue as our rural region can't compete with the urban areas but the difference it makes is tremendous. Well done to the Government for supporting and listening and lets hope we do more from the bottom up!!