Local Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) have been and continue to be established across Scotland – providing grassroots social enterprises with the support they need to connect, collaborate and grow at a local level.
The term ‘Network’ can be confusing – with different kinds of organisations from umbrella bodies to specialist service providers using the term. It is therefore worth clarifying what Local SENs are and what they’re not.
Today, there are 16 local SENs across Scotland – with over 900 social enterprises either members of constituted SEN or engaged with those unconstituted.
Between them, SEN members employ around 12,000 people and have a combined turnover of over £500m.
This paper outlines the function and impact of Scotland’s 16 SENs, placing them within the context of the Scottish Government’s ten-year Social Enterprise Strategy and three-year Action Plan.