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Glasgow Social Enterprise Action Plan 2019-2022 is launched!

Last week was quite a week for us and social enterprises in the city and we're taking some time to reflect on this, however in the meantime you may have heard that the Glasgow Social Enterprise Action Plan 2019-2022 was launched on Friday 6th Sept.

We were delighted to be part of Glasgow's first Social Enterprise Summit which was opened by the Lord Provost, chaired by Cllr Spear and attended by over 70 delegates who gathered to hear the Social Enterprise Board's plans for the next three years.

With speeches from those involved in subgroups set up to deliver the action plan, Jacqueline Lamb, Gary Condie, Maureen Fitzpatrick and myself provided an overview of the ambition of the strategy.

The strategy’s vision has three strategic priorities:

  • Stimulating the Social Enterprise Sector
  • Developing Stronger Organisations
  • Realising Market Opportunities

These priorities are underpinned by four strategic outcomes:

  • Work with educational establishments across the city to develop and support Glasgow’s next generation of social entrepreneurs;
  • Build capacity to increase knowledge and skills, support the growth and development and overall enhancement of the sector’s contribution to Glasgow’s economy;
  • Maximise the use of procurement and commissioning within the public and private sector to include social enterprise opportunities;
  • Create a robust profile-raising programme to increase the awareness of social enterprises, and their products and services.

Councillor Rhiannon Spear, Chair of Glasgow Social Enterprise Board, said: “I am delighted to launch the Action Plan, with the support of so many social enterprises and partners in attendance. Since 2017, the City Government has been determined to work with the social enterprise sector to raise the profile and grow the sector.

”In 2018 we published our ten year Strategy. This first Action Plan will guide delivery of the strategy and lay the foundations for further work. I am sure that the sector and the wider business community will see new opportunities emerge in the coming years

GSEN's work continues to ensure social enterprises play a prominent role in Glasgow’s economy and communities. With our more recent focus on building evidence-based policy for the sector we are proud to launch the first Action Plan, jointly with the City Council, and look forward to working across the sector, city and beyond to deliver our ambitious plans for Glasgow.

You can download the Action Plan here.

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