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A helping hand

We can help you at every stage of your development, from getting your idea off the ground to helping you to maximise the opportunities created longer-term.

Specialist support for new community and social organisations

If you have plans for a business which has a social purpose or you're a community with ambition and potential to deliver a community-led project, we can help. There are a range of support initiatives you can tap into and we can help you find the right one.

Have a look below for a range of services designed to help communities and social enterprises in early stage development. 


The Social Start-up School

The social start-up school can help you set up your own social business. Operated by HIE and delivered through the Social Enterprise Academy, the school can help with a host of development needs

Social Start-Up School

Just Enterprise

Just Enterprise – business support for the third sector, including early stage support for social enterprises and enterprising charities in Scotland.

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Strategy workshops

Working with our international consultancy firm, PA, we’ll help you develop and prioritise your action plan through a range of events.

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Help setting up a community business

Co-operative Development Scotland, Community Shares Scotland, and the Plunkett Foundation are offering comprehensive support if you are establishing a community business. There's advice on business models and funding amongst other things.

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