We're delighted to launch the findings from our latest report ‘Social Enterprise in Glasgow 2015’. The research, carried out by Social Value Lab, shows social enterprise as a dynamic and growing source of economic activity in Glasgow.
This report, a follow up to the first report in 2013 shows a continuous growth in the sector despite the challenging economic backdrop, with the city now playing host to 704 social enterprises, an increase of 195 since 2013; employing 19,014 staff compared to 10,412 in 2013 and a combined annual income of £881m, up from £767m. Social enterprise is a key employment sector and economic contributor.
At an event, in the city on 30th Sept, Councillor Martin Rhodes, Executive Member of Communities, Glasgow City Council addressed over 50 representatives from the public, private and social enterprise sector, stating “This report sends out a positive message about the growth and scale of the sector in Glasgow; the opportunities available and how the sector is central to the economic life of the city. The sector plays a crucial role in helping Glasgow face the challenges ahead and will continue to do this through dynamic and innovative solutions and partnerships”
Betty Elliott, Chair of GSEN said “We committed in 2013 to a further report this year and are delighted to see that since the baseline study two years ago, there is continued growth in the sector despite us going through a period of economic austerity. 104 social enterprises have registered within the city during this time which shows Glasgow as a real hub for social enterprise in Scotland.“
Jonathan Coburn, Director of Social Value Lab who conducted the study in 2013 and again this year commented ““It’s been a pleasure working with GSEN again on the production of this landmark report. The evidence gathered portrays a fast growing and dynamic community of businesses in Glasgow, with almost 200 new or emerging social enterprises identified since our 2013 ‘State of the Sector’ report. This latest analysis again shows the considerable scale and significance of social enterprise activity, and its particular contribution in fields such as housing, financial inclusion, cultural provision, and social care. There is also a growing body of evidence to demonstrate that fairness, equality, opportunity remain the hallmarks of social enterprise in the city.“