This report presents the findings of the Social Enterprise Census 2017, the definitive biennial account of social enterprise activity in Scotland.
The Social Enterprise Census 2017 is a collaborative effort to track the changing scale, characteristics and contribution of Scotland’s social enterprise sector every two years over the course of the next decade. It builds on the 2015 baseline study, and forms part of the Scottish Government’s long-term commitment to realising the full potential of the sector.
By ‘social enterprise’ the study refers to organisations that are trading for the common good – addressing social needs, strengthening communities, improving people’s life chances, and protecting the environment. They organisations analysed as part of the study operate in a way consistent with the Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland .
The Social Enterprise Census is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind anywhere in the world and has included: the screening of over 20,000 organisations against the agreed definitional criteria; extraction and analysis of financial data from the public accounts of 4,439 social enterprises; and a representative survey of the population of social enterprises in Scotland, which yielded 1,351 responses.
Book your place now for our next network meeting is on 22 March 2016 10am – 12 midday, followed by lunch, at the Factory Skatepark Dundee. The topic is property and we will have speakers from a range of professional areas advising members on design, planning, funding including the Scottish Land Fund now being available to urban areas, loans, leases, and more. The speakers are:
Alastair J Fitchett, Architect
Linsay Chalmers, Community Land Scotland
Niall Alexander, Airdrie Savings Bank
Miriam Rennet, RSB Lindsays
There will be time for general questions, members updates and of course lunch and networking! We’ll also be trialling the offer of short one-to-one appointments that you can book in advance with one of the speakers to discuss particular project ideas. Please confirm your attendance as usual for catering purposes. If you would like to pre-book a short slot, please email email@example.com stating who you’d like to meet with.
We’ve had to postpone the topic of creativity until later in the year, when there will be more information available about progress and next steps. However, we’d like to take the opportunity of the New Year to get together and plan ahead for upcoming challenges and opportunities. So, the agenda for the Network Meeting on Thursday 28 January 2016 meeting will now comprise:
Time – Start 10am, finish 12 noon with lunch and further networking.
Venue – Roseangle Arts Café, Perth Road, Dundee
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place and highlight if you have any dietary or accessibility needs.
DSEN Network Members Meeting
Focusing on: Making It – How do we develop the market for Creative Social Enterprises
Location: Dundee West Church, Roseangle, Dundee
Date: 28th January 2016, 10am-12.30pm, followed by a networking lunch.
An event for art, design and creativity-led social enterprises and those interested in working with them, looking at creativity for social purpose and change, and how markets and products can be developed. An informal gallery/exhibition table for members to show their work will be offered at the start of the event, and afterwards there will be lunch and the opportunity to network further.
To Book Contact: Susan Morris at email: email@example.com or telephone: 01382 504848, highlighting any dietary requirements.