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Social Enterprise in Glasgow 2019

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

Following on from the release of the Social Enterprise in Scotland Census 2019 we are delighted to launch our report which provides an overview of how this information translates in Glasgow.

Having worked with Social Value Lab since commissioning their services in 2013 to undertake the first ever evidence based census of social enterprise activity in Glasgow; we retained this commitment in 2015, 2017 and now again in 2019 to help us paint a comprehensive picture of the social enterprise sector in the city.

At our launch event, held at the Pearce Institute on Thursday 31st October, our Director Elizabeth Docherty, highlighted the continued cross party commitment from Glasgow City Council to the support and development of social enterprise including the recent launch of the Glasgow Social Enterprise Action Plan, and proposed inclusion of social enterprise as a key sector within a refresh of the city's economic strategy.

With the vision that 'by championing social enterprise, where economic activity works for people and profit is used for social and environmental change, Glasgow will be recognised as the social enterprise capital of Scotland by 2028', we look forward to working with members, Glasgow City Council, partners and stakeholders on fulfilling our ambition for Glasgow.

The research provides a comparison of 2019 to previous years findings with headlines including:

  • 811 social enterprises currently operating in Glasgow
  • 43% of social enterprises are based in the 20% most deprived areas of Glasgow
  • 63% of Glasgow’s social enterprises led by women
  • 63% have a social objective of improving Heath and Wellbeing
  • 21,632 FTE employees
  • £634m GVA to the Glasgow Economy
  • £918m income from trading

Download the full report here.

Thank you to everyone who made the event a success, including our members Repairel CIC, Kinning Park Complex, Lifelink and The Blankfaces.

Download Presentations from:

Rick Rijsdijk, Social Value Lab

Martin Avila, Kinning Park Complex

Gerard McKenzie-Govan, The Blankfaces

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