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How to join

Membership of GSEN is free with three membership levels to recognise the needs in a city as diverse as Glasgow.

Please note that once you have completed the online sign up your application is pending until full approval by the GSEN Board. You will be contacted as soon as possible thereafter to discuss your application and, if appropriate, meet with the Network Manager.

Full Membership

Full Membership is open to all established social enterprises who meet the code criteria and are operating or trading within the Greater Glasgow area.

As a Full GSEN member you will enjoy the benefits of:

Eligibility

Full Membership is open to anyone who is:

Each leader can include one named contact who can appropriately represent them if unavailable.

Please note we may ask for copies of your Memorandum and Articles of Association and most recent accounts.

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Start Up

Startup Membership is open to all non-constituted (or within the first constitued year) social enterprises operating within the Greater Glasgow area and meet or are working towards meeting the voluntary code of practice for social enterprise in scotland. This membership will apply for 1 year, and will be reviewed.

As a Startup GSEN member you will enjoy the benefits of:

Eligibility

Start Up Membership is open to anyone who is:

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Associate Membership

Associate Membership is open to all supporters or partners of social enterprises operating within the Greater Glasgow area including voluntary sector, private businesses and public bodies.

As an associate GSEN member you will enjoy the benefits of:

Eligibility

Associate Membership is open to anyone who is:

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Code of Practice

GSEN follows the Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland.

  1. A Social Enterprise (SE) is a trading business – selling goods and services – but whose primary objective is to achieve social and/or environmental benefit. SEs are different from those charities and voluntary organisations which do not aspire to financial independence through trading.
  2. Regardless of its legal form, the constitution of a SE will include the requirement that profits are reinvested in the business or in the beneficiary community – and not distributed to private owners, shareholders or investors. (See FAQs)
  3. The constitution will always require that on dissolution, the assets of the SE are reinvested in another organisation with similar aims and objectives. Taken together Criteria 2 and 3 are referred to as the ‘asset lock’ – the defining characteristic of a SE – which distinguishes it from the private sector.
  4. SEs are constituted and managed in an accountable and transparent way – particularly with regard to the community they serve. To demonstrate this, SEs, regardless of their legal form, should have a minimum of three (unrelated) Directors
  5. SEs are distinct from the public sector and cannot be the subsidiary of a public body.

For more information on The Code

If you have any questions on your eligibility please do get in touch to see if we can help!

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