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.

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For further information, to arrange an interview or to request a social enterprise feature for print please contact: duncan.thorp@socialenterprise.scot / 07501 221 581 or  Will.Tyler-Greig@gov.scot

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