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Social Enterprises are increasingly more popular method of doing business, they are innovative and independent businesses with a specific social and/or environmental focus, which is where their profits are channelled.

There are increasingly more opportunities and demand for social enterprises as consumers are more socially and environmentally aware about where they are purchasing their products/services from.

Social Enterprises are usually born though a need in the community or an area that standard commercial businesses don’t fill. In Scotland 34% of social enterprises are operating within rural areas with 64% of them being led by women.

There are currently more than 5600 social enterprises operating in Scotland, 599 of which have been formed in the last two years with the average age of an enterprise being 20 years old, contributing £2bn GVA to Scotland highlighting the sustainability of the sector.

Dundee has a vibrant and developing social enterprise sector supported by Dundee Social Enterprise Network.

DSEN offer tailored direct practical support and advice to existing and aspiring social enterprises in Dundee.

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Placed Based Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) have been set up across Scotland to ensure social enterprises have the support they need to start up, grow and prosper.

Place Based SENs are groups of active social enterprises who come together regularly with the intention of growing opportunities for themselves and the social enterprise sector locally. By doing so, they look to provide more effective services within their respective communities.

They can play an important role as a representative body connecting with other local agencies and, where appropriate, seek to influence policy at a local level. Place Based SENs vary in size and structure.

Place based SENs are part of the local third sector support landscape and many are partners with their local Third Sector Interface (TSI). TSIs cover every local authority area and provide a range of support to the wider third sector. For more information on the TSI Scotland Network.

Find out more about the function and impact of Scotland’s Place-Based SENs and their relevance within the Scottish Government’s ten-year Social Enterprise Strategy and three-year Action Plan.


The Social Enterprise Support Map has arrived! Where are you on your Social Enterprise journey? Maybe you are a Start-up or a community group looking to start trading? Or established but need a bit of tailored advice to get you to the next step? Wherever you are click on the Social Enterprise Support Map – it’s a FREE tool connecting you with the key support organisations across Scotland.

Social Enterprise Support Map – Support for social enterprises across Scotland

The SE Map was designed by Community Enterprise and Bold, and funded by the Scottish Government. 

It is an interactive tool for third sector organisations, community groups, social entrepreneurs and social enterprises to find the support, funding, networks, information and training they need to develop ideas and develop their organisations.  It has been designed so that you can set up and manage your own space.  You just need to log in and add in your organisation and the initiatives you have.  You then have access and can add and remove information as it changes. Please register on the site.   It is pretty straightforward – just click here https://sesupportmap.scot/  and click on “Join/Log in”. If you need any help, just contact Dani dani@bold-studio.co.uk.