A Social Enterprise Strategy For Scotland (Consultation)

A Social Enterprise Strategy For Scotland (Consultation)
Senscot; SFS; CEiS; Community Enterprise; the Social Enterprise Academy; SES; InspirAlba; HISEZ; Firstport

A number of organisations active in supporting social enterprise in Scotland have been in discussion with a view to developing a ‘Social Enterprise Strategy for Scotland’ that would identify key areas of development for social enterprise in the coming years. These organisations, initially, have included Social Firms Scotland; the Social Enterprise Academy; Firstport; CEiS; Senscot; SES; Community Enterprise; HISEZ; InspirAlba.

The intention will be to consult widely across the SE community in Scotland to get as representative a view as is possible in determining what requires to be in place for social enterprise to continue its development and growth over the next 5/10 years – what and where our priorities should lie.

With a number of statutory agencies – Scottish Govt; Big Lottery (Scotland); HIE; EU Commission – developing longer term strategies that will all fundamentally impact on the environment in which social enterprises operate and the support that is available to them, it is an opportune moment for the sector itself to articulate its longer term aspirations and how these can be achieved.

The first stage of this process is the attached survey – which will be used, in part, to represent the views of the social enterprise community to the Smith Commission on further Scottish Devolution.

The survey focusses on seven main issues – collated from over 200 participants at the recent Scottish Social Enterprise Policy & Practice 2014 Conference as their ‘vision for social enterprise in Scotland 2015-25’. Its findings will be directly submitted to the Smith Commission by Social Enterprise Scotland.

The second stage will build on these findings – developing a ‘roadmap’ for social enterprise in increasing its role and contribution both to local communities and the wider Scottish economy.

With Scottish Govt committed to producing a 10-year strategy for social enterprise, it is intended that the emergence of this ‘SE Strategy for Scotland’ will make a significant contribution to this process.

The seven main issues already raised by the sector in relation to the above are:

Issue 1: Raising Awareness of Social Enterprise
Issue 2: Social Enterprises Delivering Public Services
Issue 3: Social Enterprise and Community Empowerment
Issue 4: Social Enterprise and Employability
Issue 5: Social Enterprise as part of the Business Community
Issue 6: The Support Landscape for Social Enterprises
Issue 7: Direct Financial Support for Social Enterprise
Issue 8: Taxation and Fiscal Incentives to Support Social Enterprise

Further consultation will be required to elaborate on these.

You can register your views as part of our consultation here. Please ensure that you have your say by Wednesday 22nd October 2014.

We have asked the team at Social Value Lab to independently analyse the consultation responses. Rest assured that any views you provide will not be attributed directly to your organisation and will be used only towards ‘A Social Enterprise Strategy for Scotland’ and, in turn,  inform the sector’s input both to the Smith Commission and Scottish Govt’s Social Enterprise  2015-25 strategy.

Please take this important opportunity to help us shape an environment where social enterprises can flourish.

Consulation can be found here.