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News Archive 2019

Branding Competition – Brand for Growth : The Results

Brand for Growth is an opportunity for social enterprises with high impact potential but with limited resources to take some time out and receive in-depth technical support, from a team of experienced graphic designers, to consider their branding. Funded by the Scottish Government as part of the 3 year Social Enterprise Action Plan ‘Building a Sustainable Social Enterprise Sector,’ Brand for Growth is a competitive programme aimed at ambitious social enterprises who can bring something to the table themselves even if that is just time, passion and commitment. The programme is being delivered by BOLD, part of the Community Enterprise family.

GalGael Winter Fair


Cadder Community Centre and Social Enterprise Hot Desk and Office Availability

Cadder Community Centre provides a base for social gathering and the provision of services, activities and events open to all ages and backgrounds of residents living in Cadder and the wider north west area of the city. The facility provides a range of rooms available to hire and w offer a discounted rate for community organisations and those looking for longer term lets or full day use of rooms.

Scotland’s Social Enterprise Action Plan (2020-23): Consultation

In April 2017, the Scottish Government published a three-year Action Plan to develop the potential of the social enterprise sector (including enterprising charities and not-for-profit businesses of many forms). The plan set out 92 actions to stimulate social entrepreneurship, build stronger organisations, and realise market opportunities for the sector. Please take this opportunity to inform the next Social Enterprise Action Plan (2020-23).

Food shopping with Society Zero CIC is nearly here!

Society Zero want to bring you Scotland's first mobile zero waste shop!

FOI extension of coverage consultation - WEBINAR

You are invited to participate in a webinar on the Scottish Government’s live FOI extension of coverage consultation (closes 22nd November 2019), hosted by SCVO in collaboration with the Scottish Government and OSCR.

Nutrition Scotland shortlisted for The Caroline Walker Trust

We are pleased to announce that Nutrition Scotland has been shortlisted for the CWT 2019 30th Anniversary 'Food Hero' Award!

Social enterprise – creating social or environmental benefit is the primary objective

The most up-to-date picture of social enterprises in Scotland was unveiled last month by Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government. The Social Enterprise Census 2019 revealed that there are now an estimated 6,025 social enterprises operating in Scotland – an increase of more than 800 since the first census in 2015. Social enterprises employ over 88,000 people and according to the report is also making a sizeable £2.3 billionn contribution to Scotland’s economy.

Social Enterprise in Glasgow 2019

Our fourth report detailing the scale and economic impact of social enterprises in Glasgow is now available!

1:1 coaching sessions with the Academy

The Social Enterprise Academy are delighted to invite you to join their Coaching Programme.

Bike for Good Blog

Bike for Good have recently started anew blog to share all their news, check it out here.

An evaluation of Glasgow City participatory budgeting pilot wards 2018/19

Read more on the recently released GCPH report for Glasgow City Council: An evaluation of Glasgow City participatory budgeting pilot wards 2018/19.

Area and Sector Partnerships - Glasgow CPP surveys

The Community Planning Partnership structure in Glasgow includes three Sector Partnerships (North West, South and North East) and 23 Area Partnerships (operating at electoral ward level). The structure has been in place since 2013 with little change to remits or membership.

A review of the Sector and Area Partnerships is underway that examines their purpose and functions and aims to provide clearer terms of reference; ensure membership is appropriate to deliver revised remits; clarify roles and responsibilities; and provide clear connections and reporting lines with related plans, strategies and structures.

As part of the review, an online survey has been developed to gather views on both area and sector partnerships. The survey can be accessed at the following link: The survey will close on 31st October 2019.

Supporting communities to deliver change

Projects to mitigate inequality, tackle climate change and help put social enterprise products on high street shelves are to benefit from £1.8 million of funding.

Glasgow Guarantee

The new Glasgow Guarantee website is now live. The Glasgow Guarantee is a highly regarded employability programme which supports Glaswegians into work and helps local businesses to grow and prosper.

No Deal Brexit Preparation

The Scottish Government published an overview of the preparations it is making for the possibility that the UK will leave the EU without a deal. This outlines the work underway to mitigate the effects of a ‘no deal’ exit on 31 October, suggest what actions the UK Government should take and assess the challenges Scotland may nevertheless face.

George Square: Is it time for change?

While George Square is a familiar landmark, the way it’s used has been shaped by generations of Glaswegians. Now it’s our turn! The citywide conversation looks to find out what place George Square has in Glasgow today and how it should be used in the future. We’ll never know unless we talk honestly about how we think and feel, and also listen to what our fellow Glaswegians have to say.

Glasgow Communities Fund - Update on Position re Unincorporated Organisations and extended deadline

Update on Position re Unincorporated Organisations

Southside Changemakers from Rachel Smillie, The Glad Cafe

It occurred to me earlier this year as I was walking down Victoria Road that there are an unprecedented number of social enterprises in this one street! It led me to look up in the GSEN Directory how many other social enterprises there are in the immediate area around Queens Park. I made it 16! And that was not even including amazing community projects such as the Swap Market or the range of creative independent businesses that are thriving in the area.