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Social Enterprise in Scotland

This Guide has been put together by Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Senscot. It provides a simple and straightforward introduction to the social enterprise sector in Scotland, with references to UK wide initiatives where relevant. Its aim is to act not only as a guide for people new to the sector, but also as an aide memoire for `old hands'.

The profile of social enterprise has grown significantly in recent years as evidenced by the increase in political interest by all parties at UK and Scottish level. There is now wide recognition of the vital role that social enterprise can play in shaping and addressing the economic, social and environmental agendas in Scotland.

This Guide attempts to provide a background to the social enterprise movement, the policy initiatives that have encouraged its growth and the support that is available in Scotland and across the rest of the UK. It also gives some short examples of the different types of social enterprise organisations that are currently providing services across Scotland. It has been designed as a web-based document with links, rather than as a hard copy.


Social Enterprise in Scotland
Published 14 Jun 2011
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