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News Archive 2012-18

Scale as well as Substance - Social Enterprise in Glasgow

We are extremely proud to launch the findings of our research project which builds the most comprehensive picture yet of social enterprise activity in Glasgow.

The research undertaken by Social Value Lab maps out the scale, scope, characteristics, and contribution of social enterprises in the city showing that Glasgow is extremely fortunate to be home to many inspiring social enterprises.

The launch today (Wed 5th June) highlighted that 509 social enterprises make up the vibrant and dynamic community dedicated to making Glasgow a better place to be. With their combined annual income of £767m and 51% of social enterprises generating half or more of their income from trading, this report shows that even with the challenging economic and financial backdrop the confidence within Glasgow’s social enterprise community remains high.

Susan Aktemel, Chair of GSEN said “The time was right to take an ambitious and thorough look at the important and growing role social enterprise plays in Glasgow. This report and these figures show exactly what Glasgow does in terms of Social Enterprise. We are the home of social enterprise in Scotland.“

Jonathan Coburn, Director of Social Value Lab said “This has been an enormously challenging but significant piece of work which, for the first time, has revealed the true scale and significance of social enterprise activity in the city. For me it tells the story of an important group of enterprises that have grown up largely beneath the radar, but which now touch on the lives of Glasgow citizens in very many ways. The evidence shows clearly that it is possible to do business in a fairer and more inclusive way; one that always puts people before profit.”

Download the report - Scale as well as Substance

If you would like more information on the report or would like to find out more about GSEN please do not hesitate to contact Elizabeth McKenna on or 07584 422 775

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