Social enterprise support

Analysing the State of Social Enterprise in Scotland

The first national census of social enterprises in Scotland has been launched.  This Social Enterprise Census is an ambitious project that will take an official count of the entire population of enterprising charities and social enterprises in Scotland.

A wide range of public and third sector partners are collaborating in this project including CEIS, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Government, the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Nesta, Social Investment Scotland Co-operative Development Scotland, Social Enterprise Academy, Social Firms Scotland, Social Enterprise Scotland, SURF and Senscot.  This partnership will guide and support the Census, with the research work being carried out by the team at Social Value Lab.

This work is overdue; it is time to determine how many social enterprises are out there and what contribution they make to Scotland.

In September 2015, a Census report will be made publicly available to tell the full story of social enterprise in Scotland in a clear and compelling way using narrative, numbers, and infographics.

The partners are committed to making the key economic and performance data available on an open source basis, to assist the work of intermediaries, interfaces, social enterprise organisations and policy makers, wishing to carry out further regional or sector analysis.

To complete the survey, go to

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