R-evolution for Good

R-evolution for Good are a new community benefit society based in Moray, offering training and development to businesses, using 100% of their profit to work one-to-one with families, helping them to step out of poverty.   Earlier this year, R-evolution received start-up funding from Firstport, allowing them to launch their services. However, their planned launch date Read more…

12-month Graduate Placement

Fyne Futures, based in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, are offering an excellent opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to improve their current systems and processes.  Read more here: https://www.hie.co.uk/support/browse-all-support-services/scotgrad/scotgrad-fyne-futures/   The Role:  Based in Rothesay, on the Isle of Bute. Salary – £19,047 per annum 12-month graduate placement Full-time, 35 hours per week Read more…

Rural virtual learning exchanges

We are excited to announce the launch of rural virtual learning exchanges, taking place this October, supported by Inspiralba and the Scottish Community Alliance. In place of traditional learning exchanges, there is still a need for rural social enterprises to be able to share learning and solutions to the challenges posed by Covid.   Stakeholders from Read more…

Free online business training for island and coastal enterprises

The Scottish Islands Federation are offering free on-line training & mentoring for island & coastal entrepreneurs across Scotland and Europe, through the Erasmus+ Blue Social Growth free online programme. Register at bit.ly/registerentrepreneur, and visit www.scottish-islands-federation.co.uk for more info. There are invaluable resources for those promoting enterprise available on the Blue Social Growth learning platform. The Read more…

Involving young people on social enterprise boards

We’ve just published a new case study featuring Brandon Clements, the 20 year-old director on the board of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust. Brandon wanted to act as a voice for Gigha’s youth, and was elected as a director of the board in 2019. Brandon has since overseen a number of projects and research Read more…

Highland Health and Wellbeing Network Forum

Thursday 3 September, 1-3pm  The first Highland TSI Health and Wellbeing Network Forum will take place on 3rd September. The forum is open to third sector organisations and social enterprises involved in health and wellbeing, working with both adults and children. The forum is a great opportunity to make connections and find out more about Read more…

CEIS Policy and Practice Conference

The Social Enterprise Policy & Practice Conference will take place virtually on Wednesday 2nd September. Recent events have been dramatically overtaken with the spread of COVID-19 and there is no doubt the social enterprise sector, economy and wider society has been immensely impacted. The conference will focus on key themes, intrinsically-linked, for recovery; Wellbeing Economy, Climate Crisis and Community Wealthbuilding.  Read more…

18th August 20, Rural SEN Notes

18/8/20 notes – Scotland’s Rural SEN met earlier in August, with 34 people attending from across Scotland. The group included social and community-owned enterprises, representatives from support agencies, and supporters of and those interested in rural social enterprise. We welcomed fellow social entrepreneurs from Estonia, connected via the Erasmus+ ViSEnet project, who joined the meeting Read more…

Unlocking the potential of rural Social Enterprise

This paper reports on an exploratory study with social enterprise stakeholders in Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders focused on the potential of social enterprise to contribute to rural development. It considers three key domains that impact on this potential – the rural, the social enterprise and the policy. It argues that ‘social enterprises can Read more…

Social entrepreneurship in a rural context: an over-ideological state?

This study from 2008 considers the factors that influence how social entrepreneurs operate in rural areas, the difficulties they face and how they might be addressed. Based on interviews with 30 social enterprise stakeholders in the Highlands and Island it argues that rural settings present some distinct challenges as well as advantages. While issues of Read more…

Starting social enterprises in remote and rural Scotland: best or worst of circumstances?

This study extends the analysis of specific promotors/ barriers to the success of social enterprise in the Scottish Highlands to consider issues relating to health and social care. It finds thinking not well developed and issues in relation to procurement. While those interviewed could see a role for rural social enterprise in maintaining the wellbeing Read more…

Upland: Spring Fling

Upland, Dumfries and Galloway’s visual art and craft development organisation, have had to make a quick pivot due to COVID-19 and the requirements of social distancing, since so much of their work relied on in-person events such as exhibits, classes and workshops. They introduced their Digital Diversions project, a new way of promoting, connecting and Read more…

Exploring the Geographies of Social Enterprise in the Highlands and Islands

Research conducted by Ailsa Higgins, a student at the University of Glasgow, explores the geographies of social enterprise in the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland. Social enterprise activity is known to be particularly dense in the Highlands and Islands, where growth conditions have been described as “fertile context” for the uptake of social enterprise Read more…

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