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Senscot works closely with these social enterprise intermediaries:
The development work of Senscot is also supported by the Scottish Government.

Development Trusts Scotland Local People Leading Firstport Social Enterprise Scotland Social Enterprise Academy Social Firms Scotland

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MAP OF SUPPORT FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

There’s a lot of support out there for social enterprises in Scotland but it’s not easy to find your way around it all and to understand who’s who and who does what. Senscot has developed a Map of Support to help social enterprises navigate their way around the support that’s available. We hope this can prove a useful resource for SE’s at various stages in their development.

Click each organisation name to reveal more information and for a link to the respective website. If you have any suggestions for additions please email us.

For support pertinant to Cultural and Creative or Sport or Tourism social enterprise click the respective links.

START UP DEVELOPING, PLANNING & TRAINING

  • Business Gateway

    Business Gateway offers a wide range of professional resources and support to all types of business no matter what stage they are at. Local offices exist throughout Scotland.

    Visit Website.

  • Brag Enterprises

    BRAG Enterprises Limited primary aim is the regeneration of the communities through the creation and support of sustainable employment.

    Visit Website.

  • CEIS

    CEIS provides a range of independent and professional business support services and business finance solutions for social and community enterprises. Building the capacity of communities through employability and engagement services, CEIS also provide event management and social research services.

    Visit Website.

  • CEMVO

    CEMVO aims to build the capacity of Scotland's minority ethnic voluntary and community sector. They do this by: building capacity and mobilising skills in organisations and their people; fostering both individual and collective leadership; enabling active participation in community, democratic and civic life; and working strategically to raise the profile of and create opportunities for the sector.

    Visit Website.

  • Community Enterprise

    Community Enterprise is a social enterprise that provides personalised support to individuals and groups in areas such as accounting, fundraising, marketing and impact measurement. They charge for large pieces of work, such as business plans, and all profit generated is used to subsidise free support.

    Visit Website.

  • Co-operative Development Scotland

    Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) supports the development of co-operative and employee-owned enterprises across Scotland. Support includes exploring the options, structuring the company, financing the business and developing member participation.

    Visit Website.

  • DTAS

    The Development Trusts Association Scotland is the national body for development trusts in Scotland. DTA Scotland assists interested communities explore the benefits and relevance of the development trust approach, providing useful resources, training and support to communities wishing to establish a development trust. Established development trusts can access a wide range of membership benefits and useful resources.

    Visit Website.

  • Firstport

    Firstport supports new social enterprises during start up with issues such as choosing a legal structure, developing and strengthening a business model, writing a business plan and cash flow projections. They also provide a programme of workshops tailored to the needs of start up social enterprises. Support is free as part of the Just Enterprise programme.

    Visit Website.

  • Forth Sector Development

    Forth Sector Development services include: procurement support to the Public, Private Sector and Third Sector; support in the development of employability programmes; advice, training and support in Impact Measurement; and business coaching and mentoring in a wide range of business skills.

    Visit Website.

  • HIE

    HIE is the economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. Their four priorities are:

    • Supporting businesses and social enterprises to shape and realise their growth aspirations.
    • Strengthening communities and fragile areas.
    • Developing growth sectors, particularly distinctive regional opportunities.
    • Creating the conditions for a competitive and low-carbon region.

    Visit Website.

  • HISEZ

    HISEZ offers Business Support to new and existing Social Enterprises throughout the Highlands and Islands. HISEZ deliver support as part of the Just Enterprise Programme as well as networking opportunities and training.

    Visit Website.

  • Just Enterprise

    Just Enterprise is a consortium bringing together Scotland's key social enterprise support agencies to provide business support and development services to Enterprising Third Sector Organisations across Scotland. Its principal role is to deliver the Scottish Government's contract for Business Support to the Enterprising Third Sector. In doing so, the focus of the consortium is to ensure an enterprising third sector can grow sustainably in the challenging economic conditions expected in coming years.

    The Just Enterprise consortium consists of CEIS, HISEZ, Firstport, the Social Enterprise Academy, Forth Sector Development, Community Enterprise Ltd, CEMVO Scotland, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services, Ready for Business and Inspiralba.

    Visit Website.

  • Local and Thematic Social Enterprise Networks

    Senscot supports Social Enterprise Networks across Scotland.

    A Social Enterprise Network offers peer support, resource sharing and development of markets, a focal point for issues specific to local social enterprises, a collective voice and the opportunity to raise awareness and profile of social enterprise.

    Thematic networks include Cultural and Creative, Health, Sport and Community Food.

    Visit Website.

  • School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland

    SSE Scotland became an independent School in 2012 and continues to build on the strong reputation and programmes delivered by SSE Fife since 2002.

    The school operates across the whole of Scotland and aims to help communities previously unsupported by public and third sector programmes.

    Visit Website.

  • Scottish Enterprise

    Scottish Enterprise supports the development of globally competitive companies by offering an integrated business support model where companies with ambitions to grow can access the right type of support at the right stage of their growth.

    Visit Website.

  • Skills Development Scotland

    SDS delivers the following key services: • Building Career Management • My World of Work - the SDS web service • Modern Apprenticeships • Our Skillsforce- Support for employers • Leading delivery of PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment)- support for those dealing with redundancy • The Employability Fund- Supporting individuals to secure and sustain employment • Individual Learning Accounts- providing financial support for individual learning.

    Visit Website.

  • SKS Scotland

    SKS Scotland CIC is a social enterprise which specialises in consultancy support to other social enterprises and Third Sector organisations. It is a paid for service which uses it’s income generated to provide employment and services for people with long term conditions.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Enterprise Academy

    The Social Enterprise Academy delivers learning and development programmes for anyone working for social purpose, they provide programmes in Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Measurement.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Enterprise Scotland

    Social Enterprise Scotland (SES) represents the sector’s interests to politicians, policy makers, opinion formers and in the media. SES works in partnership with Senscot and Social Firms Scotland.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Firms Scotland

    Social Firms Scotland is the national support body for the development and promotion of Social Firms in Scotland. Its purpose is to grow the sector in Scotland in order to increase employment opportunities for severely disadvantaged people.

    Visit Website.

  • The Melting Pot

    The Melting Pot (TMP) aims to stimulate and support social innovation. It provides co-working space for individuals and organisations who are working for a better world. It also welcome all sorts of organisations to hire our meeting room and event spaces.

    TMP has spaces and services that enable people to work, connect, learn, meet and hold events.

    Visit Website.

  • VAS (Third Sector Interfaces)

    Voluntary Action Scotland is the national organisation for local third sector infrastructure. Each local authority area in Scotland has a Third Sector Interface to support, promote, develop and represent the third sector. The new interface arrangements bring together four key, local infrastructure functions:

    • Support to voluntary organisations operating in the area, both local and those national organisations that deliver services at the local level;
    • Support to and promotion of volunteering;
    • Support and development of social enterprise;
    • Connection between the Community Planning Partnership and the third sector.

    Visit Website.

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GOVERNANCE & LEGAL

  • Business Gateway

    Business Gateway offers a wide range of professional resources and support to all types of business no matter what stage they are at. Local offices exist throughout Scotland.

    Visit Website.

  • CEIS

    CEIS provides a range of independent and professional business support services and business finance solutions for social and community enterprises. Building the capacity of communities through employability and engagement services, CEIS also provide event management and social research services.

    Visit Website.

  • Community Enterprise

    Community Enterprise is a social enterprise that provides personalised support to individuals and groups in areas such as accounting, fundraising, marketing and impact measurement. They charge for large pieces of work, such as business plans, and all profit generated is used to subsidise free support.

    Visit Website.

  • Co-operative Development Scotland

    Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) supports the development of co-operative and employee-owned enterprises across Scotland. Support includes exploring the options, structuring the company, financing the business and developing member participation.

    Visit Website.

  • DTAS

    The Development Trusts Association Scotland is the national body for development trusts in Scotland. DTA Scotland assists interested communities explore the benefits and relevance of the development trust approach, providing useful resources, training and support to communities wishing to establish a development trust. Established development trusts can access a wide range of membership benefits and useful resources.

    Visit Website.

  • Firstport

    Firstport supports new social enterprises during start up with issues such as choosing a legal structure, developing and strengthening a business model, writing a business plan and cash flow projections. They also provide a programme of workshops tailored to the needs of start up social enterprises. Support is free as part of the Just Enterprise programme.

    Visit Website.

  • Just Enterprise

    Just Enterprise is a consortium bringing together Scotland's key social enterprise support agencies to provide business support and development services to Enterprising Third Sector Organisations across Scotland. Its principal role is to deliver the Scottish Government's contract for Business Support to the Enterprising Third Sector. In doing so, the focus of the consortium is to ensure an enterprising third sector can grow sustainably in the challenging economic conditions expected in coming years.

    The Just Enterprise consortium consists of CEIS, HISEZ, Firstport, the Social Enterprise Academy, Forth Sector Development, Community Enterprise Ltd, CEMVO Scotland, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services, Ready for Business and Inspiralba.

    Visit Website.

  • Local and Thematic Social Enterprise Networks

    Senscot supports Social Enterprise Networks across Scotland.

    A Social Enterprise Network offers peer support, resource sharing and development of markets, a focal point for issues specific to local social enterprises, a collective voice and the opportunity to raise awareness and profile of social enterprise.

    Thematic networks include Cultural and Creative, Health, Sport and Community Food.

    Visit Website.

  • School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland

    SSE Scotland became an independent School in 2012 and continues to build on the strong reputation and programmes delivered by SSE Fife since 2002.

    The school operates across the whole of Scotland and aims to help communities previously unsupported by public and third sector programmes.

    Visit Website.

  • Scottish Enterprise

    Scottish Enterprise supports the development of globally competitive companies by offering an integrated business support model where companies with ambitions to grow can access the right type of support at the right stage of their growth.

    Visit Website.

  • Senscot Legal

    Senscot Legal provides affordable support in legal matters to the social enterprise community and wider third sector in Scotland. Areas of law include governance, company formation, employment law, contracts, dispute resolution and intellectual property issues- this list is by no means exhaustive.

    Visit Website.

  • SKS Scotland

    SKS Scotland CIC is a social enterprise which specialises in consultancy support to other social enterprises and Third Sector organisations. It is a paid for service which uses it’s income generated to provide employment and services for people with long term conditions.

    Visit Website.

  • VAS (Third Sector Interfaces)

    Voluntary Action Scotland is the national organisation for local third sector infrastructure. Each local authority area in Scotland has a Third Sector Interface to support, promote, develop and represent the third sector. The new interface arrangements bring together four key, local infrastructure functions:

    • Support to voluntary organisations operating in the area, both local and those national organisations that deliver services at the local level;
    • Support to and promotion of volunteering;
    • Support and development of social enterprise;
    • Connection between the Community Planning Partnership and the third sector.

    Visit Website.

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FINANCE & FUNDING

  • Business Gateway

    Business Gateway offers a wide range of professional resources and support to all types of business no matter what stage they are at. Local offices exist throughout Scotland.

    Visit Website.

  • CEIS

    CEIS provides a range of independent and professional business support services and business finance solutions for social and community enterprises. Building the capacity of communities through employability and engagement services, CEIS also provide event management and social research services.

    Visit Website.

  • Community Enterprise

    Community Enterprise is a social enterprise that provides personalised support to individuals and groups in areas such as accounting, fundraising, marketing and impact measurement. They charge for large pieces of work, such as business plans, and all profit generated is used to subsidise free support.

    Visit Website.

  • Co-operative Development Scotland

    Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) supports the development of co-operative and employee-owned enterprises across Scotland. Support includes exploring the options, structuring the company, financing the business and developing member participation.

    Visit Website.

  • Firstport

    Firstport suppors new social enterprises during start up with issues such as choosing a legal structure, developing and strengthening a business model, writing a business plan and cash flow projections. They also provide a programme of workshops tailored to the needs of start up social enterprises. Support is free as part of the Just Enterprise programme.

    Visit Website.

  • HIE

    HIE is the economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. Their four priorities are:

    • Supporting businesses and social enterprises to shape and realise their growth aspirations.
    • Strengthening communities and fragile areas.
    • Developing growth sectors, particularly distinctive regional opportunities.
    • Creating the conditions for a competitive and low-carbon region.

    Visit Website.

  • Just Enterprise

    Just Enterprise is a consortium bringing together Scotland's key social enterprise support agencies to provide business support and development services to Enterprising Third Sector Organisations across Scotland. Its principal role is to deliver the Scottish Government's contract for Business Support to the Enterprising Third Sector. In doing so, the focus of the consortium is to ensure an enterprising third sector can grow sustainably in the challenging economic conditions expected in coming years.

    The Just Enterprise consortium consists of CEIS, HISEZ, Firstport, the Social Enterprise Academy, Forth Sector Development, Community Enterprise Ltd, CEMVO Scotland, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services, Ready for Business and Inspiralba.

    Visit Website.

  • Local and Thematic Social Enterprise Networks

    Senscot supports Social Enterprise Networks across Scotland.

    A Social Enterprise Network offers peer support, resource sharing and development of markets, a focal point for issues specific to local social enterprises, a collective voice and the opportunity to raise awareness and profile of social enterprise.

    Thematic networks include Cultural and Creative, Health, Sport and Community Food.

    Visit Website.

  • School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland

    SSE Scotland became an independent School in 2012 and continues to build on the strong reputation and programmes delivered by SSE Fife since 2002.

    The school operates across the whole of Scotland and aims to help communities previously unsupported by public and third sector programmes.

    Visit Website.

  • Scottish Enterprise

    Scottish Enterprise supports the development of globally competitive companies by offering an integrated business support model where companies with ambitions to grow can access the right type of support at the right stage of their growth.

    Visit Website.

  • SKS Scotland

    SKS Scotland CIC is a social enterprise which specialises in consultancy support to other social enterprises and Third Sector organisations. It is a paid for service which uses it’s income generated to provide employment and services for people with long term conditions.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Investment Scotland

    Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is a registered Charity and Social Enterprise which provides business loans to Third Sector organisations. SIS aims to support the creation and growth of charities, community organisations and social enterprises that have the capability to make sustainable social impacts.

    Visit Website.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • Business Gateway

    Business Gateway offers a wide range of professional resources and support to all types of business no matter what stage they are at. Local offices exist throughout Scotland.

    Visit Website.

  • CEIS

    CEIS provides a range of independent and professional business support services and business finance solutions for social and community enterprises. Building the capacity of communities through employability and engagement services, CEIS also provide event management and social research services.

    Visit Website.

  • Community Enterprise

    Community Enterprise is a social enterprise that provides personalised support to individuals and groups in areas such as accounting, fundraising, marketing and impact measurement. They charge for large pieces of work, such as business plans, and all profit generated is used to subsidise free support.

    Visit Website.

  • COSS

    The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) is a Scottish government funded project, set up to help community-based groups in Scotland to take on land or building assets for their community. They also support local authorities wishing to transfer a building or land asset.

    Visit Website.

  • Forth Sector Development

    Forth Sector Development services include: procurement support to the Public, Private Sector and Third Sector; support in the development of employability programmes; advice, training and support in Impact Measurement; and business coaching and mentoring in a wide range of business skills.

    Visit Website.

  • HIE

    HIE is the economic and community development agency for the north and west of Scotland. Their four priorities are:

    • Supporting businesses and social enterprises to shape and realise their growth aspirations.
    • Strengthening communities and fragile areas.
    • Developing growth sectors, particularly distinctive regional opportunities.
    • Creating the conditions for a competitive and low-carbon region.

    Visit Website.

  • HISEZ

    HISEZ offers Business Support to new and existing Social Enterprises throughout the Highlands and Islands. HISEZ deliver support as part of the Just Enterprise Programme as well as networking opportunities and training.

    Visit Website.

  • Just Enterprise

    Just Enterprise is a consortium bringing together Scotland's key social enterprise support agencies to provide business support and development services to Enterprising Third Sector Organisations across Scotland. Its principal role is to deliver the Scottish Government's contract for Business Support to the Enterprising Third Sector. In doing so, the focus of the consortium is to ensure an enterprising third sector can grow sustainably in the challenging economic conditions expected in coming years.

    The Just Enterprise consortium consists of CEIS, HISEZ, Firstport, the Social Enterprise Academy, Forth Sector Development, Community Enterprise Ltd, CEMVO Scotland, Lanarkshire Enterprise Services, Ready for Business and Inspiralba.

    Visit Website.

  • Local and Thematic Social Enterprise Networks

    Senscot supports Social Enterprise Networks across Scotland.

    A Social Enterprise Network offers peer support, resource sharing and development of markets, a focal point for issues specific to local social enterprises, a collective voice and the opportunity to raise awareness and profile of social enterprise.

    Thematic networks include Cultural and Creative, Health, Sport and Community Food.

    Visit Website.

  • Ready for Business

    Ready for Business delivers the Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme. The programme, offers a unique opportunity to develop and embed a number of leading market development solutions, including the Public Social Partnership (PSP) model, Community Benefit Clauses (CBC) and the use of Social Value throughout public sector commissioning and procurement in Scotland.

    It builds a platform to facilitate third sector engagement in service design to meet community needs and, at the same time, further increase the overall sustainability of the sector, whilst offering public bodies the opportunity to commission services efficiently and effectively.

    Visit Website.

  • School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland

    SSE Scotland became an independent School in 2012 and continues to build on the strong reputation and programmes delivered by SSE Fife since 2002.

    The school operates across the whole of Scotland and aims to help communities previously unsupported by public and third sector programmes.

    Visit Website.

  • Scottish Enterprise

    Scottish Enterprise supports the development of globally competitive companies by offering an integrated business support model where companies with ambitions to grow can access the right type of support at the right stage of their growth.

    Visit Website.

  • Senscot - Partnership & Procurement Support

    The Partnership and Procurement role within Senscot provides a dedicated programme of practical support to social enterprise in identifying and responding effectively to emerging tender and other business opportunities. The role supports social enterprises to develop partnerships and consortia.

    Visit Webpage.

  • Skills Development Scotland

    SDS delivers the following key services: • Building Career Management • My World of Work - the SDS web service • Modern Apprenticeships • Our Skillsforce- Support for employers • Leading delivery of PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment)- support for those dealing with redundancy • The Employability Fund- Supporting individuals to secure and sustain employment • Individual Learning Accounts- providing financial support for individual learning.

    Visit Website.

  • SKS Scotland

    SKS Scotland CIC is a social enterprise which specialises in consultancy support to other social enterprises and Third Sector organisations. It is a paid for service which uses it’s income generated to provide employment and services for people with long term conditions.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Firms Scotland

    Social Firms Scotland is the national support body for the development and promotion of Social Firms in Scotland. Its purpose is to grow the sector in Scotland in order to increase employment opportunities for severely disadvantaged people.

    Visit Website.

  • The Social Learning Company

    The Social Learning Company is a not-for-profit enterprise providing access to expertise, advice and consultancy providing clients with impartial, practical, down-to-earth help and support. We offer a comprehensive range of consultancy and developmental services to clients.

    Visit Website.

  • VAS (Third Sector Interfaces)

    Voluntary Action Scotland is the national organisation for local third sector infrastructure. Each local authority area in Scotland has a Third Sector Interface to support, promote, develop and represent the third sector. The new interface arrangements bring together four key, local infrastructure functions:

    • Support to voluntary organisations operating in the area, both local and those national organisations that deliver services at the local level;
    • Support to and promotion of volunteering;
    • Support and development of social enterprise;
    • Connection between the Community Planning Partnership and the third sector.

    Visit Website.

IMPACT MEASUREMENT

  • CEIS

    CEIS provides a range of independent and professional business support services and business finance solutions for social and community enterprises. Building the capacity of communities through employability and engagement services, CEIS also provide event management and social research services.

    Visit Website.

  • Forth Sector Development

    Forth Sector Development services include: procurement support to the Public, Private Sector and Third Sector; support in the development of employability programmes; advice, training and support in Impact Measurement; and business coaching and mentoring in a wide range of business skills.

    Visit Website.

  • Firstport

    Firstport supports new social enterprises during start up with issues such as choosing a legal structure, developing and strengthening a business model, writing a business plan and cash flow projections. They also provide a programme of workshops tailored to the needs of start up social enterprises. Support is free as part of the Just Enterprise programme.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Audit Network

    The Social Audit Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Impact Scotland

    Social Impact Scotland is a web resource dedicated to supporting you to better understand your social impact, for Third Sector Organisations, Funders and Investors in the Third Sector, and Public Sector organisations.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Return on Investment Network

    The SROI Network promotes the use and development of the Social Return on Investment methodology internationally, encouraging a community of practice along the way. The SROI Network is a membership organisation and a company limited by guarantee.

    Visit Website.

  • Social Value Lab

    Social Value Lab works with social investors, grant-makers, public service commissioners, and frontline organisations to demystify the SROI framework and put it to practical use.

    Visit Website.

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