Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition Launches Manifesto
The Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition has launched its Manifesto for Social Enterprise in Scotland.
Social enterprises – businesses trading specifically to deliver a social or environmental purpose – are having an increasing impact on Scottish business. An estimated 3,000 businesses are engaged in over 30 business sectors delivering in excess of £2bn to the Scottish economy.
The Coalition is calling on all Scottish parties to work with them to ensure that Scotland becomes a world market leader in social enterprise.
The Manifesto calls on parties to:
· promote community benefit clauses in public sector procurement contracts, to ensure that the greatest benefit possible is derived from public sector spending
· promote a new investment culture for social enterprise, ensuring that social enterprises can access the private sector capital and investment they need to grow and prosper
· restore momentum in the land reform agenda and support community ownership of assets, to underpin successful, sustainable community regeneration
Antonia Swinson, chief executive of the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition said: “This is an exciting time for social enterprise in Scotland and we’re calling on all parties to get behind the social enterprise movement to ensure that these dynamic and innovative businesses continue to grow and develop, delivering social cohesion and sustainable economic growth across Scotland’s communities.”
The Coalition will engage with all political parties to take forward the Manifesto. This process began at a well attended Fringe Meeting at the SNP conference on Friday 15 October.
To view the Manifesto for Social Enterprise in Scotland visit http://www.scottishsocialenterprise.org.uk/policy/118