Social Enterprise Summit

Social Enterprise Summit
Holyrood Magazine


Social enterprises in Scotland have enjoyed unparalleled political and economic support in recent years, with the Scottish Government embracing social enterprise as an important partner for economic development and delivery of public services. Not only do they exist all over Scotland, in both deprived communities and rural areas, but there is a growing sense of coherence among the diverse array of social enterprises. As corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly important for businesses, social enterprises will become increasingly important to Scottish civil society in coming years.



Holyrood’s inaugural Social Enterprise Summit will allow delegates to explore how social enterprises can best contribute to economic growth and social welfare in Scotland in the aftermath of the Scottish Parliamentary election. While the Social Enterprise Census 2015 was a big step forward, more work is necessary to spread awareness of social enterprises and also empower them to reach their fullest potential. By bringing a variety of stakeholders together from Scotland’s rich social enterprise sector, this event will offer a holistic perspective of the opportunities both available to, and enabled by, social enterprises.


Key Learning Outcomes


Why social enterprises are crucial for Scotland
How to build a robust social enterprise sector in Scotland
Increased understandings of the developmental barriers for social enterprises
How social enterprises may foster closer connections with local authorities/other governmental bodies


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09.30     Registration opens


09:55     Introduction from Chair

Matthew Shelley, Journalist and Broadcaster

Session 1:  Exploring the nuts and bolts of social enterprises


10:00     An overview of social enterprise in Scotland

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland

10:20     Evaluating the importance of social enterprise in rural areas

Anne MacDonald, Head of Strengthening Communities Policy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

10:40     Case study: Transition Extreme

Grahame Paterson, Director, Transition-Xtreme

11:00     Questions and discussion


11:20     Refreshments


Session 2: Barriers to development


(may become multiple panels depending on delegate numbers)


This interactive discussion will give delegates the opportunity explore the barriers that are holding Scotland’s social enterprise sector from reaching its full potential. There are a number of obstacles to development, and this session will allow delegates to discuss with a panel of experts how these obstacles may be overcome. Key discussion points will include (but are certainly not limited to):


Funding shortfalls
Skills gaps/shortages
Lack of trading capacity
Regulatory difficulties
Inadequate support structures.


11:45    Panel discussion

Rebecca McKinney, Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian

12:40    Lunch and networking


Session 3: The next steps


13.30    Establishing a single regulatory framework for social enterprise


13.50    Mind the funding gap: ensuring growth in a challenging financial climate

Alastair Davis, Chief Executive, Social Investment Scotland

14.10    Collaboration between social enterprises and third sector/public sector bodies


14.30    Questions and discussions


14.50    Closing remarks from chair


14.55    Close of event



Who should attend


Delegates will be drawn from a wide range of stakeholders including:


Policy and public affairs professionals
Social enterprise representatives
Councillors/other local authority personnel
Chief executives
Anyone with a vested interest in social enterprises




Discounted rate: £149 + VAT (Social enterprises / Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
Reduced rate: £199 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
Full rate: £249 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For more information please contact Joshua Bird, by email or phone 0131 285 1690.




21 June 2016
United Kingdom