Just Enterprise success
Social Enterprise consortium, Just Enterprise, has assisted over 4,600 social businesses in the last two years, Deputy First Minister and Finance Secretary John Swinney announced today.
Just Enterprise, supported by the Scottish Government, is committed to ensuring that Scotland’s enterprising third sector is able to grow sustainably in a challenging economic climate.
The 4,600 companies that have benefitted from Just Enterprise provide a wide range of diverse services, from Wild Things! on the Moray coast, which provides inspirational outdoor education to people from deprived areas and accredited training for course leaders, to Fusion Bites which offers a professional catering service whilst facilitating training and employment opportunities for women in the local ethnic minority community.
Just Enterprise has assisted businesses the length and breadth of the country with a number of different vital services. Between 2012-2014, 6,334 enquiries were handled with 4,601 receiving support. The breakdown of service assistance for social enterprises are:
Business support – 671
Start up support – 1,231
Leadership development – 480
Business development workshop – 1,619
Start-up workshop – 600
Geographical spread of assisted social enterprises is:
Highlands and Islands – 18%
West – 36%
Central – 12%
South – 4%
North East – 9%
East – 21%
Mr Swinney said:
"Just Enterprise has had a fantastic response from all over Scotland, with over 4,600 of our country’s social enterprises receiving support in only two years.
"Social enterprises, voluntary organisations and community organisations deliver superb services, create employment opportunities and connect with the most vulnerable people in our society. By investing in the third sector and helping social enterprises be more self-sufficient, we can look forward to a future where these organisations play a full role in public sector reform, and help mitigate the impact of UK Government’s welfare reforms.
“Just Enterprise forms part of Scottish Government’s much wider, holistic support for social enterprises, and this is gaining international recognition. An enterprising third sector is a vital partner in our economy, in civic society and in the creation of a fairer and more inclusive Scotland. Social enterprises deliver vital services, create employment opportunities and connect with the most vulnerable people in our society.
“Our work to create an environment where social enterprise can thrive is part of a revolution in the delivery of services, of government and in building successful businesses that also address the burden of inequality in our society.
“That is why we have invested heavily to help the sector develop – but it’s not just about money – it’s about support and guidance at every level. It’s this all-inclusive support for social enterprise and the third sector at every level that is distinctive about our approach – and that is delivering real results here in Scotland.”