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Social Enterprise Network Scotland (trading as SENScot) acts as the umbrella body for social enterprise networks in Scotland – a network of networks.  As a membership led organisation, SENScot represents, promotes and champions the work of front-line social enterprises, with a commitment to reflect the views and aspirations of our members.

SENScot came into being in 2020, following the merger of Social Firms Scotland and Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland (Senscot). Over the last 20 years, Senscot and Social Firms Scotland worked to support the development and growth of social enterprise across Scotland and were instrumental in developing and shaping Scotland’s existing support infrastructure - both nationally and locally. SENScot has a membership of over 1500 local social enterprises – which includes membership drawn from 22 place based social enterprise networks (SENs) across urban and rural Scotland and 7 national thematic SENs.

SENScot seeks to: Provide Leadership within the Sector; Influence Policy and Represent the Sector and Support the Development of the Sector – at all times championing the work of front-line social enterprises, with a commitment to reflect the views and needs of our members at the national level.

We recognise that social enterprise forms part of a wider movement – and we will continue to take cognisance of an evolving operating environment. We actively seek to collaborate with others – including national and local membership bodies and wider sector partners – to ensure that we create strategic alliances and a powerful voice for our members that can help bring greater benefits to communities across Scotland.

Aims and objectives

SENScot aims to inform, inspire, support and connect front line social enterprises - via place based and thematic social enterprise networks (SENs) – creating a network of networks across Scotland.

Working with and through Social Enterprise Networks and their members, SENScot:

  • Represents the interests and values of the frontline social enterprise community in Scotland – in shaping policy with Scottish Govt.
  • Works in partnership with others to continue to develop the sector in Scotland and offer solutions to issues faced in local communities.
  • Raises awareness of social enterprise – promoting good practice; and identifying issues affecting social enterprises and their communities.

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Social Entrepreneurs Network Scotland (Senscot) is registered as a Scottish charity under Scottish Charity No. SC029210 and as a limited company under Company Registration No. SC278156. Its registered office is at 41 Miller Street, Glasgow.