Massive Boost for Third Sector Businesses
Massive boost for third sector businesses as Just Enterprise programme receives renewed government support.
The re-launch of the Just Enterprise programme is a further boost to Scotland’s position as world leaders in the development of social enterprise.
The programme, which was first launched in 2011, has been extended until June 2016, continuing to help social enterprises and budding social entrepreneurs achieve their trading ambitions.
Scotland’s largest support providers CEIS Ltd and the Just Enterprise consortium have been delivering business support, including start-up advice and leadership and learning workshops to over 4,300 companies and individuals.
Just Enterprise client James Ward, YES Business Development Manager stated “The YES Academy is an exciting new project for Young Enterprise Scotland which benefitted from excellent financial and business financial advice from Just Enterprise. The whole experience has allowed us to proceed full of confidence that the project is equipped for success”.
Laura Nicolson, General Manager, Velocity Cafe also commented “We have been extremely fortunate in receiving support from Just Enterprise since the beginning of our idea. The support has come in advice, experience sharing, connections with experts and others. Without it we would probably still be wandering the streets of Inverness”.
CEIS and Just Enterprise Programme Manager Anne-Marie Allan said “Being able to re-launch the Just Enterprise programme is a fantastic lift for the sector and massive endorsement of the work the team here and other consortium partners have delivered.”
The Scottish Government contract manager added “This will help strengthen the Third Sector in Scotland, making it more sustainable, capable and innovative”.
“The consortium offers an abundance of business expertise, and Scottish entrepreneurs deserve high quality business support, so we urge all social enterprises and budding social entrepreneurs to take advantage of this programme and get in touch.”
She added ““Third sector organisations are becoming central to the Scottish economy and as well as increasing income are now in a position to win new contracts”.
“By providing a skills support platform we expect social enterprises to win a bigger proportion of government contracts, now and in the future”.
Just Enterprise will continue to offer existing services and introduces some vital new ones including business recovery assistance for struggling Social Enterprises and direct services to Scotland’s supported businesses.
Open to all third sector organisations, whether established or new, the programme delivers support and training in all areas of business including business planning, sales and marketing strategies, feasibility studies and access to an extensive learning and development programme.
For further information on the Just Enterprise Programme, visit www.justenterprise.org