Support package announced for Third Sector companies

Support package announced for Third Sector companies
The Melting Pot
03.07.12

Twelve new non-profit organisations, based around Edinburgh and Glasgow, which aim to improve different aspects of society have been selected for the 2012-13 Social Innovation Incubator Awards. 

The awardees include a company that aims to increase the physical activity levels of staff in the workplace, a company that develops the IT skills of older users and a social enterprise that will support people disadvantaged by disability and long term health issues to set up micro businesses as a way back into the workplace.   

The winners of the unique award, designed and co-ordinated by The Melting Pot, will each receive a support package for business start-ups worth about £10,000 over a 12-month period.  The pick ‘n’ mix menu of support ranges from legal, HR and accountancy advice to marketing and IT strategy and business coaching.  

The Managing Director of The Melting Pot, Claire Carpenter, said: “We’re delighted with the way this new, innovative programme of support has worked out.  We’re supporting 12 fantastic social change organisations during the difficult start-up stages.  We know what they need – we’ve been there ourselves. So, we’ve leveraged more than £100,000 worth of very practical support from trusted and recommended advisors who all want to see the next generation of social-change makers succeed.”

She added:  “Our partners and sponsors have been very generous.   Everyone connected is excited about this programme and the opportunities that will come from it.  We will watch it unfold and add to the rich heritage of social innovation in Scotland.”

The companies that have pledged support include FirstPort, the Social Enteprise Academy, Rocket Science, the Big Lottery, STV, Institute of Directors and many more.  

Duncan Osler, a partner with the leading Scottish law firm MacRoberts, said:  “This is a great idea from The Melting Pot that will change people’s lives in so many positive ways.  Setting up a new company can be a lonely experience but this award means that all these social innovators will not be alone and will be able to draw on the best advice available.   MacRoberts is delighted to be involved with The Melting Pot and everyone that has pledged support.”