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Moray Area Team and TSI Moray: A Partnership Approach

Background / Cùl-Fiosrachaidh

Moray Social Enterprise Network (MSEN) was constituted in 2010 and became a Company Limited by Guarantee in November 2012, with the purpose of developing, supporting and building capacity in emerging and developing social enterprises through delivering networking opportunities, training and advice.

Third Sector Interface Moray became operational on 1st April 2012, following the merger of Voluntary Action Moray, Volunteer Centre Moray and Moray Social Enterprise Network.

The Partnership / An Compàirteachas
The Purpose / An Rùn

The HIE Moray Area Team regards TSI Moray as an important partner in supporting and developing social enterprises and the wider enterprising Third Sector, in particular, to ensure that a robust pipeline of potential clients for HIE’s account management model exists, but also in the development of a Social Enterprise Strategy for Moray, to provide a framework for a collaborative approach to growing the sector.  The strategy was endorsed by Moray’s Community Planning Partnership in August 2013 and formally launched at TSI Moray’s Join the Dots networking and conference event in Elgin on 14th March 2014.  Moray is the fourth – and first non-urban local authority area in Scotland in which a social enterprise strategy has been published.

HIE’s Contribution and Role / Cuideachadh bho HIE agus dleasdanas

HIE approved a £65,000, 3-year package of funding to MSEN in January 2012, transferring the grant to TSI Moray on its inception in April 2012.  Funding has contributed towards a full-time social enterprise development officer, networking events and an annual social enterprise awards ceremony.

The Social Enterprise Strategy was co-authored by TSI Moray and HIE, following stakeholder engagement with a range of community planning partners and Third Sector organisations at a regional and local level and drawing on up-to-date Third Sector research.  The Strategy provides a framework for a collaborative approach to supporting and encouraging a flourishing sector and gives direction to build on the good relationships that exist between Scottish Government, HIE, TSI Moray, Business Gateway, Social Enterprise Academy, Moray Council, NHS Grampian and Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership – as well as Moray Social Enterprise Network and Moray’s Culture Café network.

Expected Outcomes / Na Builean

The following Outcomes are expected to be achieved by 30th September 2014:

  • Moray Social Enterprise Strategy
  • 20 social enterprises supported each year
  • 250 participants at events per year
  • at least 4 networking events each year for MSEN members
  • 3-4 workshops per year
  • 1 annual awards ceremony
  • increase in turnover for MSEN of £26,000
  • improved knowledge and skills to assist growth in the social enterprise sector in Moray
  • improved confidence and networking in the Moray Third Sector to enable communities to be more resilient
  • a pipeline of social enterprises with growth potential which HIE can engage with
  • a diverse Moray Third Sector economy which is sustainable and less reliant on public funding

Contact for further information / Tuilleadh fios bho:

Fiona Robb, Tel. 01309 696006

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