Please find below a list of exhibitors at the 2017 Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace!
Stand 1 – Ayrshire Community Media CIC
Ayrshire Community Media CIC was incorporated on 24th September 2013 with a purpose to create a Community Creative Industries Centre in Ayrshire and form partnerships with national and local government and associated bodies, the University, College of Ayrshire, private and third sector enterprises.
We aim to provide access to purpose built and affordable facilities in Ayrshire to meet the needs of small businesses, with a main focus on the creative industries sector and new enterprise whilst also providing access to community training and learning facilities and services that contribute to enhancing local skills; employability, quality of life and life chances to those within the Ayrshire Community.
Stand 2 – Disclosure Scotland
Disclosure Scotland issues certificates with details of an individual’s criminal convictions/history, or state they have none. We also manage the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme.
Our services provide employers, voluntary sector organisations and those in their care, with disclosure information, to assist in the recruitment decision – helping protect the vulnerable
Stand 3 – Gravitas Outcome Services CIC
We work with social enterprises helping you to track and monitor your services. This directly benefits your users by helping you to improve your provision, and maintain motivation through working in an outcome focused manner. Using our Case Outcome Recording System we help you to record who uses your service and everything you do for them, ensuring you are funding compliant, thus increasing your access to new funding streams.
‘Our work has to meet the standards of the care inspectorate, show outcomes that evidence progress and provide evidence for funders. Gravitas on-going support, shows they really care about the work we do.’ Ayrshire Childrens Services
Find out more at www.outcomeservices.org
Stand 4 – Charity Bank
Charity Bank is an ethical bank that exists to lend to organisations with a social purpose.
Our mission is to use loan finance to support charities and social enterprises, so you can be confident that we’ll work with you side-by-side.
You can apply for loans from £50,000 to £3.25 million and more in partnership with other lenders.
What matters to us isn’t maximising profits but a shared idea about the world we want to live in. If you’re looking for a bank that shares your values, why not work with us?
Stand 5 – Scotcash CIC
Scotcash is a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) which was set up to provide a gateway to financial services for those who find access difficult. Scotcash offers a range of services and products, such as affordable credit, savings, money advice, bank accounts, and energy advice. We aim to give our customers an alternative to expensive forms of credit and help those on a low income make the most of their money.
Stand 6 – Supporters Direct Scotland
SD Scotland are a Community Benefit Society that work towards supporting sport and communities across Scotland. They undertake a number of activities including a consultancy service to sport clubs advising about becoming community owned and raising capital through community shares helping them to realise their true social and community value.
They also run the ‘Colours of our Scarves’ project promoting equality and tackling discrimination in Scottish sport. Supporters-direct.scot
Stand 7 – CBRE
CBRE Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) is redefining ‘Workplace’ because we believe every place of work can become a competitive advantage for our clients. Productivity, reliability, engagement, quality, and brand – the workplace enables business results, whether work happens in an office, laboratory, manufacturing, retail or virtual location. No other company can match the depth and breadth of our experience across all types of work environments. GWS is uniquely positioned to deliver integrated, full service solutions, with its facilities management business delivering mechanical and electrical engineering, building fabric maintenance and facilities management services to clients across the UK and EMEA.
Stand 8 – The No.1 Befriending Agency
At the No.1 Befriending Agency we recognise that by volunteering an hour of your time every week, you can transform two lives. Both yours and the person you befriend! Befriending is not only worthwhile but carries long term health benefits.
Volunteers have said:
“I never thought I’d enjoy befriending so much because I’d never done it before”
“I look forward to visiting every week and have learnt so much from befriending J”
We are a Social Enterprise set up to reduce loneliness and isolation through befriending. Registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) we provide compassionate social support promote inclusion and reorientation for everyone we support.
Stand 20 – The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation. Now in our 10th year, our central Edinburgh studio continues to pioneer quality coworking with flexible part-time/full-time desks, online membership options and a thriving network of over 170 members. We provide virtual office services if you need a central Edinburgh office address; as well as meeting rooms and event space for hire with fantastic catering options. We are also the home of the Good Ideas Academy, inspiring and supporting people to turn their great ideas into new social enterprises, charities and campaigns.
Stand 21 – HISEZ CIC
Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ) was the first Community Interest Company in Scotland. Our main purpose is to encourage and assist people in the start-up and growth of social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Our secondary purpose is to promote the creation of employment.
We are the only dedicated support organisation for social enterprises in this area and have a unique understanding of the issues facing rural communities, their people and their businesses.
Stand 22 – STEP Technology Centre
The STEP Technology Centre is a unique space offering state-of-the-art production technology and software. The Centre offers businesses from all sectors the opportunity to trial new technologies including laser cutters, 3d printers, CNC router, 3d scanning, digital vinyl cutting and drones.
Visit stand 22 to see the latest technologies in action and discover how they could add value to your social enterprise.
Stand 23 – Senscot Legal
Senscot Legal has been established as a social enterprise to provide high quality, affordable legal advice, support and training for social enterprises, charities and the wider third sector in Scotland.
Areas of law include governance, company formation, employment and HR issues, contracts, dispute resolution and intellectual property. This list is by no means exhaustive and we can assist with the majority of legal issues encountered by third sector organisations.
Initial consultations are free and as far as possible we use fixed fees for work undertaken for the clients’ peace of mind and to avoid unexpected costs.
Stand 24 – School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland
The School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland supports people using entrepreneurial approaches to tackle complex social problems. Our vision is of a fair and equal society where the potential of all people is fully realised. SSE invests in individuals from all backgrounds who have practical ideas for change.
We run practical learning programmes and courses to support people from all backgrounds to realise their potential and bring about lasting social and environmental change across England and Scotland. Our programmes provide leadership and capacity building support, alongside harder skills such as marketing, product development and pricing structures. Our programmes and courses reflect student need, as well as providing them with the skills to become sustainable social enterprises.
Stand 25 – Spruce Carpets
Spruce Carpets is a Social enterprise based in Glasgow with the main aims of:-Reduce the amount of flooring waste going to landfillOffer training and work placements to people in Glasgow, particularly those people furthest from the job market. Supply low cost flooring solutions for sale to members of the public and businesses throughout Scotland. We supply deliver & fit new & refurbished carpet, carpet tiles & vinyl and offer free site surveys. We also offer a carpet tile uplift service.
Stand 26 – CEIS
Established in 1984, the vision of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS) is to make Scotland a better place to live and work with a more inclusive economy. To realise this CEIS engages with businesses and communities to build capacity and to address inequality. Our social enterprise support is internationally recognised and this work is complemented by business finance, employability services, event management, social research and asset based community development. Our clients include individuals seeking employment, businesses requiring support and public bodies interested in social change. Learn more at www.ceis.org.uk.
Stand 27 – Just Enterprise
Just Enterprise is a comprehensive programme designed to help Social Enterprises and budding Social entrepreneurs achieve their trading ambitions. Supported by the Scottish Government, Just Enterprise is committed to the growth and sustainability of Scotland’s third sector and our start up, business support, business recovery, procurement, leadership and learning services are available to help you succeed. Applications can be made at www.justenterprise.org
Stand 28 – Luma-IT
Luma-IT is the only IT Company in the country that is a social enterprise and works solely within the third sector to provide specialist management and support of IT systems to charities and social enterprises.
The company has over 50 years’ experience working in the industry; IT accreditation in technology and service management; and world class-leading business knowledge. Their deep understanding of the third sector also ensures that they realise both the technical and financial limits of many hard-working charities, social enterprises and community groups.
Luma-IT believe that their personnel’s unique combination of experience, skills and social values brings a fresh approach to providing IT services to the third sector.
Stand 29 – Glasgow City Council
Glasgow City Council is Scotland’s largest local authority and is the main provider of services to around 600,000 residents and those who visit, work and do business in the city. The Co-operative Development Unit (CDU) was formed in 2013 as a result of the Labour Manifesto commitments to developing Glasgow as a co-operative city and supporting social enterprise business models. The Co-operative Glasgow Business Development Fund has to date supported 31 existing co-ops to grow and develop, and enabled 13 new start ups. The CDU is continuing to encourage the Council to operate as transparently as possible, involving the local community in decision-making processes.
Stand 30 – Social Enterprise Academy
The Social Enterprise Academy delivers learning and development programmes for individuals and organisations working for social purpose.
We specialise in leadership, enterprise, personal development and social impact programmes for the enterprising third sector but what we do can be for anyone, in any sector, at any stage of their development.
Our approach is ‘learning by doing’ – bringing together people who can learn from each other with the support of local practitioners. We work with entrepreneurial start-ups, young people in or out of education, as well as the staff, chief executives and board members of emerging and mature organisations.
Our aim is to help people to develop themselves, build their teams, and create stronger, healthier organisations so that they have greater community impact.
Stand 31 – Shaw Trust
Shaw Trust is a national charity that helps people facing disadvantage into work, to gain skills and take control of their futures. We specifically run a range of enterprises and projects nationwide across sectors including catering, recycling and horticulture. Westbank Enterprises, our social enterprise in Perth, supports local people to gain work experience and improve their employability skills. These initiatives are firmly embedded in our local communities and provide our clients with a broad range of learning and skills development, as well as employment opportunities.
Stand 32 – Cyrenians
For nearly 50 years, Cyrenians has journeyed with people on the edge, working with the homeless and vulnerable to transform their lives by beginning with their story, creating trusted relationships, helping them believe that they can change their lives, and walking with them as they lead the charge they want to see in their lives.
Much of our work centres around food services where our vision is to develop sustainable social enterprises to nurture people, build communities and reduce social isolation; ensuring everyone has the facility, ingredients, tools and skills to prepare something good to eat and to have someone to eat with.
Stand 33 – Edible Estates
Edible Estates is a community greenspace initiative operating in social housing estates across the central belt. Our focus is on personal and community health and wellbeing. Working through local community anchor organisations, we establish ‘Neighbourhood Gardens’ which provide an activity and place where residents can relate with each other in a positive context. The Gardens are community self-built with the support of ‘Growing Youth’ teams which provide training and work experience opportunities in landscaping and construction. We work with adults to establish community association’s to manage the Gardens, and deliver Natural Play workshops to engage with local children, addressing physical activity and behavioural issues through outdoor play.
Stand 34 – Rosie’s Retro
We are a social enterprise that supports adults with learning disabilities to gain workplace skills. We have recently celebrated our 2ND Birthday
We are a gift shop who specialise in Retro style goods giftware, toys and specialised hand made Candles and soaps .Some of our items are made by other social enterprises.
We provide on-going training to the individuals working in the shop to enhance confidence, self esteem and employability prospects.
Our aim is to support other social enterprises, by selling their goods.
If you would like more information, contact us on:
Stand 35 – Grassmarket Community Project
Grassmarket Community Project (GCP) and Greyfriars Charteris Centre (GCC) grew out of Greyfriars Kirk in partnership with Grassmarket Mission.
GCP supports many vulnerable adults in Edinburgh including: people with mental health issues, facing drug, alcohol or homelessness or those with a physical or learning disability. Through social enterprise, training and education GCP enables people to feel less isolated, more valued and develop their full potential. GCP’s businesses include: a Café, conference/wedding venue, Furniture and textiles.
GCC boasts great value high quality facilities including: 3 halls, 2 meetings rooms and numerous offices providing or curating services/activities that increase Wellbeing and Enterprise.
Stand 36 – EVH
EVH is fast approaching 40 but despite its advancing years remains more back office than back ache in its support for social employers. It has willingly welcomed middle aged spread too, moving way beyond our traditional roots in social housing to now help social enterprises of all shapes, sizes and dispositions. Organisations joining us as members can benefit from a variety of services, advice and support with people management issues. We primarily offer support for Boards/Committees in their role as ’employer’. In practice this means that we work with managers, staff and committees, giving bespoke advice on any issue concerning the employment relationship. Whatever form it takes, advice to our members is free and unlimited at any location throughout Scotland.”
Stand 37 – Life-Pod CIC
Hoarding Disorder is a complex mental health condition affecting 4-6% of the population. People who hoard require understanding and empathy to help them to deal with their excess belongings.
We provide pragmatic, hands-on support for people in their home. We work in partnership with clients, helping them to understand their difficulties and support them to make positive changes in their lives.
We also offer a certified learning pathway for hoarding practice. Our training explores evidence-based interventions, and draws on the experiences of the participants in developing skills to work with people who hoard.
Stand 38 – Brag Enterprises
BRAG Enterprises Limited, a social enterprise, was formed in the 80s in response to the decline of traditional industries within Fife. Its primary aim is in the regeneration of deprived communities within Fife. In line with these aims the organisation operates several Community Business Sites. Collectively these sites house over 40 workspace units from which then operates a diverse range of start-up and social enterprise businesses. To compliment this activity we also provide a wide range of complimentary initiatives including employability, business support, and training/recruitment activities via our Fife ETC Consortium and the FSEN. Our business tag line is ‘Enterprising People, Sustaining Communities’
Stand 40 – Business Gateway
Business Gateway is a national service providing a wide range of business start-up and development advice, information and training through its web site, business advisors and workshops. Business Gateway support the Social Enterprises Sector with some local authority areas offering dedicated social adviser support.
Stand 41 – WildHearts Group
The WildHearts Group launches companies that through their activities and profits deliver entrepreneurship education and microfinance.
To date we’ve transformed over 150,000 lives both at home and abroad.
WildHearts Office offers 35,000 products, competitive prices, outstanding customer service AND funds the work of the WildHearts Foundation (Registered Charity SC037072). WildHearts Office enables our customers – who include global brands such as Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson and Serco – to make a positive social impact, both at home and abroad, through simply purchasing their business supplies.
At WildHearts we believe that business can and must be a force for good. This is a conviction we share with global business leaders, international brands and indeed our wider culture. WildHearts Office provides businesses an efficient and credible way to express their values.
Stand 43 – The Experience
The Experience is owned by Kibble Education and Care Centre, one of Scotland’s oldest charities. Operating as a social enterprise in Hillington Park, the award-wining, five-star themed entertainment and events venue is also a Young Workforce Development Centre.
Choose Your Experience
- Fun – indoor electric go-karting, laser tag, parties, kids’ clubs, the Academy Café
- Events – conferences, team building, fundraisers, product launches, gala dinners
- STEAM+ – educational programme for schools
- Access For All – activities are open to everyone, including the multisensory room
New For 2017
Exciting opportunities for volunteers to join the team.
0141 883 4005
Stand 44 – Legal Spark Law Centre Ltd
Legal Spark is a law centre unlike any other. We represent individuals as well as organisations just like any other firm except that our profits are reinvested in promoting access to justice. We are the first law centre in Scotland to operate as a social enterprise.
From our headquarters in the city centre of Glasgow we operate across Scotland to ensure access to justice for all. For more information, please email email@example.com or telephone 0141 280 0330
Stand 45 – Crescent Kitchen @ The Broomhouse Centre
“Great food for a great cause!”
Crescent Kitchen is a social enterprise business launched in March 2010 to provide outside catering services to businesses and individuals within Edinburgh and the Lothians. As well as providing excellent food, value and service, all profits raised from Crescent Kitchen are re-invested back into the community and to our parent organisation The Broomhouse Centre.
Stand 46 – CTSi
CTSi is the Third Sector Interface for the Clackmannanshire area, funded by the Scottish Government to support, promote and represent charities, community groups and social enterprises locally. Our work covers four core areas; organisation development, volunteer development, representation and social enterprise, around which we offer a range of support services including governance support, access to funding and training opportunities, business support for organisations at all stages of development, facilitation of third sector forums, providing a voice for the sector and all aspects of volunteer management, development and recruitment.
Stand 47 – Royal Bank of Scotland Social & Community Capital
We have £10 million to help social ventures that don’t qualify for mainstream loans. Organisations can get funding from £30,000 > £750,000 depending on what they do.
We tailor loans to specific business requirements and offer flexible terms. There’s no deadline, so organisations can apply all year round.
Security in an acceptable form from the borrower will normally be required. www.rbs.co.uk/scc
Stand 48 – Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative (The Poverty Alliance)
The Scottish Living Wage Accreditation Initiative was established in 2014 to celebrate and recognise employers in Scotland for paying the real Living Wage. The independently calculated rates are currently £8.45 per hour for the UK and £9.75 for London; significantly higher than the government minimum rates.There are currently over 750 employers in Scotland and 3000 across the UK enjoying the impressive business and brand benefits associated with accreditation.
Stand 49 – Aberdeen Foyer
Foyer Businesses at the Marketplace
Foyer Graphics – creative design team producing quality, effective design – extensive experience in brand, design for print, digital media. Creating a difference.
Roadwise Driver Training – training for learners, experienced drivers, Advanced Driving Instructors – aim of reducing the number of casualties and fatalities on UK roads by providing quality driver training that improves skills, behaviours and attitudes.
Established in 1995 in response to concerns about youth homelessness and unemployment, the Foyer helps people build confidence and develop skills and talents to make lasting changes in their lives – enabling everyone who may have had a difficult start in life to progress towards independent living, learning and work.
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Stand 50 – STEP HR
HR & Employment law advice
Whether you are a social enterprise with volunteers or employees, it is essential that you invest time in getting your human resources strategy, policies, procedures and processes right from the outset.
STEP HR understands that, like any other business, running a social enterprise has its challenges.
The team has extensive experience in helping organisations across all sectors including charities and social enterprises and offer bespoke solutions covering everything from the fundamentals of HR and Employment Law to more complex project work.
Visit stand 50 and talk to Vicky and Caroline.
Stand 51 – Media co-op
media co-op is a creative agency and social enterprise producing film, animation, social media, websites and apps, design and branding for third and public sector clients.
media co-op has a strong track record in participatory work, engaging and involving people in projects across the full spectrum of our work. media co-op’s friendly, committed, multi-lingual team brings together decades of award-winning corporate communications, broadcast and community video experience to produce powerful, engaging and creative work.
Stand 52 – Keegan & Pennykid
Keegan & Pennykid has over 35 years experience in providing independent general insurance and financial services advice to charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Encompass, our Insurance policy for the charity and voluntary sector, is endorsed by SCVO, WCVA and LVSC and since its launch in 1997, we have given back over £1.9m to the third sector. The Encompass policy can be tailored to the needs of your organisation.
Stand 53 – graphics coop
graphics.coop is a worker’s co-operative with over 25 years experience supplying creative graphic design services for both print and web to the Third Sector in Scotland. From branding to fully integrated content managed websites and printed publications we can deliver your message successfully, cost effectively and with the minimum of fuss. From the smallest community group to the largest of charity organisations, our motto has always been ‘good design for good causes’.
Stand 54 & 55 – Scottish Government
Over the past decade the Scottish Government has championed the Scottish Social Enterprise sector, building a world leading ecosystem of support. In 2016 the Scottish Government launched two ambitious social enterprise strategies, co-produced with the sector. The national and international strategies set a clear vision for social enterprise in Scotland, and will be underpinned by a series of co-produced action plans. The first of these will be published shortly.
Stand 56 – Highlands & Islands Enterprise
At Highlands and Islands Enterprise, we support ambitious businesses, social enterprises and communities whose vision, skills and hard work can help the Highlands and Islands achieve sustainable economic growth.
Through our network of teams located across the Highlands and Islands, from Shetland to Argyll and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, we are helping social enterprises, communities and businesses to become more productive, innovative and resilient.
Stand 58 – Libertie Project
The Libertie Project is a micro social enterprise in the Highlands that uses a creative approach to supporting disadvantaged individuals. The core aims of the project are to increase life chances and well being, journey towards work and reduce offending.
As a supported business over 50% of our employees and volunteers have experienced disadvantage or have a disability and as an accredited Living Wage Employer all our employees benefit from an enhanced rate of pay which prevents in work poverty. We are a Women Led organisation committed to the 50/50 by 20/20 gender equality in the Boardroom campaign.
Libertie provide employability services for hard to reach groups, support for young people with activity agreements and tailored programmes for women experiencing disadvantage. We run a creative community studio, ethical gift shop, digital café, prison based pottery programme and therapeutic creative groups for individuals with alcohol and substance misuse.
We produce bespoke ceramics for retail, trade and corporate organisations, creative workshops for community groups, creative staff team building activities, pottery parties in a box and a paint your own pottery service for the public.
Stand 59 – All Cleaned Up (Scotland) Ltd
ACU Scotland’s ethos is to create and promote a culture of inclusiveness and positive destination, while providing valuable voluntary opportunities, work experience and sustainable employment for people with convictions and multiple barriers to employment. We are a Social Enterprise specialising in industrial and commercial cleaning, while also delivering employability programmes to some of the most disadvantaged communities in Scotland. Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, we currently operate contracts Scotland wide, employing over 30 staff, while supporting a number of volunteers in various capacities. Approximately two thirds of our staff have come through our employability service, undertaken vocational training and are now in sustainable employment.
Stand 60 – Scottish Community Reinvestment Trust
Scottish Community Reinvestment Trust (SCRT) seeks to harness the collective financial reserves of the third sector and to use it to provide social investment that is relevant, appropriate and in tune with the needs of the sector.
The community reinvestment model is based on the premise that third sector organisations and personnel (staff/trustees/volunteers) have a vested interest in ensuring the sector they either work for, or volunteer with is a success. By becoming social investors in the sector, not only are they using their financial resources in a socially responsible manner, their organisations are more financially robust and more successful in meeting charitable outcomes. www.scrt.scot
Stand 61 – Social Enterprise Scotland
Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise – uniting social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. We’re your gateway to Scotland’s social enterprise community. We’re an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. We’re the first point of contact for the media and public and promote a positive vision for social enterprise. Membership is open to anyone.
Stand 62 – The Larder West Lothian
At The Larder, we are passionate about food and cooking. We believe food can have a transformational effect on people’s lives. We run a purpose built cook school and pop up café in Livingston where we:
- Support the most disadvantaged young people to build skills and confidence to help them make a positive transition to work in the hospitality sector.
- Deliver leisure food activities for children, adults and corporate customers
Stand 63 – Social Investment Scotland
Social Investment Scotland was established in 2001 to provide a new finance model for Scotland’s charities and social enterprises. Since then it has invested over £53m across Scotland. Loan finance via Social Investment Scotland is available from £10,000 to £1.6M and is aimed at community enterprises and social businesses that might find access to finance from mainstream providers difficult. Social Investment Scotland also helps to manage funds on behalf of third parties with any profits being re-invested into social business development in Scotland. Social Investment Scotland currently manages the largest social enterprise fund in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Stand 64 – Community Enterprise
Community Enterprise is a 30 year old, completely independent national social enterprise and third sector support agency. Our core clients and beneficiaries are community based organisations across Scotland. We have developed three cross-fertilising divisions.
Our development arm develops enterprise, communities and organisations including strategic thinking, market research, business planning, evaluations, organisational reviews, community plans and fund-raising.
We operate Scotland’s only social enterprise focused creative and strategic marketing company which offers design and branding, campaigning, innovative engagement and creative marketing strategy.
As well as direct support we like to try new things, often in the digital sphere.
Stand 65 – BOLD
BOLD is Scotland’s only social enterprise full service design agency. We work with ethical organisations large and small, be they commercially focused social businesses or frontline charities. BOLD equips clients with strong, authentic branding, creative strategic solutions and intelligent design – drawing from experience across both the third and private sectors. Creating beauty that serves a practical purpose and has genuine social impact is at the heart of all our work.
Most importantly, we love what we do, we love what our clients do, and we nurture strong, long-term relationships to support them in any way we can.
Stand 66 – Firstport
Firstport is Scotland’s development agency for start-up social enterprise.
We support individuals with great business ideas that benefit people, communities and the environment. We offer free business support, resources and training through the Just Enterprise programme, to help individuals get started.
Our start-up awards offer two different levels to help budding entrepreneurs pilot and grow their social enterprise idea. The awards distribute money from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund.
We also run a variety of programmes across Scotland to get more people from more places starting social enterprises.
Stand 67 – Outside the Box
Outside the Box is a charity and social enterprise. We provide independent development support to groups and people across Scotland who want to make a difference in their communities.
We are interested in supporting and encouraging micro enterprises as a different way of doing things for people and communities.
Micro enterprises are small-scale activities run by less than five people. They tend to fill the gaps in other provision and do things differently from existing or traditional services. They are often informal, local and responsive. They work in both urban and rural areas.
Phone 0141 419 0451
Stand 68 – Knockando Woolmill
Knockando Woolmill is based in northeast Scotland and has been manufacturing woollen textiles continuously since 1784. It is recognised as a unique part of Scotland’s manufacturing heritage and was awarded significant funding for its restoration.
Since the restoration, the Woolmill has maintained its centuries old practice of spinning and weaving, focusing on creating authentic, high quality woollen fabric and yarn.
Our range of products includes a variety of textile products designed and made by the Woolmill – colourful scarves, tartan blankets and tweed fabric. There is also a collection of bespoke products made from the exclusive Woolmill fabrics
Stand 69 – Link Group
Link is a group of award-winning housing, support and regeneration social enterprises serving over 15,000 customers across 26 Scottish local authorities.
Established in 1962, we have become a leader in developing and delivering high quality homes and a comprehensive range of services, primarily for people with low or fixed incomes, helping to alleviate inequality and deliver significant social impact. Link aims to provide up to 3000 new or improved homes throughout the Central Belt within the next five years for social and ‘affordable’ rent. Link’s latest initiative is to establish a new Employability Hub in Falkirk.
Stand 70 – Transform Creative
Transform Creative is Scotland’s specialist design and communications agency for the third sector. We design to make a difference, helping Scottish charities, social enterprises and smaller companies to create eye-catching, effective and ethical communication materials and campaigns.
Our services include graphic design, photography, copywriting, web development, illustration, branding and marketing. With over seventeen years’ experience, we have the insider insight and network of connections to make your communications and campaigns a success.
Whatever support you need, our friendly and efficient team will be there to help.
Stand 72 – Scottish Parliament
Social enterprises occupy a unique position in Scotland’s economy, and one of growing importance. The Scottish Parliament’s Community Outreach Team is keen to engage with social enterprises – large and small – from across Scotland to ensure that your voice is heard at Holyrood. In a busy world of competing demands, and where a multitude of community interests vie for attention from politicians and policy makers, our aim is to ensure that real world lived experience from across the social enterprise sector is brought before MSPs and parliamentary committees. Come and chat to us about how your voice can make a difference.
Stand 73 – Healthy n Happy
Healthy n Happy was founded in 2002 first as a Community Health Initiative before making the transition in 2012 to a Community Development Trust. Its aim is to make the communities of Cambuslang & Rutherglen the healthiest and happiest places to live in Scotland.
Healthy n Happy now have an enterprise organisation which incorporate a number of income generating elements. They have a community hub called Number 18 which has a range of meetings rooms and event space available for hire. Their community radio station CamGlen Radio 107.9FM is also located in no 18 and offers local businesses and community groups paid advertising space on the airwaves and also offers radio team building teams for organisations. The Smoothie Bike is a healthy living initiative which can be booked for events. CamGlen Bike Town is our bike recycling project selling refurbished bikes, bike repairs and servicing and cycling training.
Phone: 0141 646 0123
Stand 74 – Cultural Enterprise Office
Cultural Enterprise office is Scotland’s dedicated business support to the Creative Industries.
Offering free advice and support from leaders in business and their chosen sector, we help creative entrepreneurs take the next step to establish, develop, sustain and grow their business.
Developing sector relevant programmes is also a key strength with programmes such as Fashion Foundry, Flourish Mentoring and Starter for 6 with much more in the pipeline for 2017.
Our goal is to contribute to enabling Scotland to be the most entrepreneurial society in the world and we believe the Creative Industries has something unique to offer.
Phone: 0333 999 7989
Stand 75 – Community Resource Network Scotland
The Reuse Consortium, created by CRNS, is the first social enterprise consortium of its kind in Scotland and has been described as ‘transformational’ as it changes the way people in need are given access to furniture. The CRNS Reuse Consortium comprises 17 accredited furniture reuse members with CRNS operating as the lead organisation. The Reuse Consortium is able to support 24 local authority areas in providing 34 key household items through the Reuse Lot on the Scotland Excel Domestic Furniture and Furnishings Framework. This includes all the main household essentials such as beds, sofas and white goods.
Stand 76 – The Pension Regulator
The Pensions Regulator is the UK regulator of work-based pension schemes. We work with trustees, employers, pension specialists and business advisers, giving guidance on what is expected of them.
We also have functions under legislation passed in 2008 and a statutory objective to maximise compliance with the employer duties under that legislation relating to automatic enrolment.
Our attendance at this event is to offer employers support and capture your voice in respect of Automatic Enrolment.
Contact: Heather Prescott, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stand 77 – Riverside Inverclyde
Riverside Inverclyde is an urban regeneration company, located 15 miles from Glasgow Airport. Throughout the past 10 years, ri has been responsible for the changing face of the once historic shipbuilding town. ri has a wide range of business premises for both office and industrial use as well as continuing to deliver regeneration projects across Inverclyde. Working with the Council for Voluntary Services (CVS Inverclyde) and Inverclyde Council, ri is able to offer support to Social Enterprises looking to grow, diversify or relocate. Come and speak to us at SEM to see what ri can do to help your enterprise.
Stand 78 – Kidz-Eco
Kidz-Eco is a social enterprise in West Lothian, set up to benefit families in the community. Our shops sell a range of high quality preloved baby and children’s goods at affordable prices, making us accessible to disadvantages families while boosting local reuse and recycling.
Our projects include Fun with Fabric where our volunteers give new life to donated fabrics by upcycling them into sellable goods, Kreative Kidz classes and community activities for babies to pre-schoolers, promoting positive parenting and aiding child development, Train Upz offering training, volunteering and employment opportunities in retail, customer service and creative textiles for young people with significant barriers to employment and most recent Kidz Start providing free baby essentials in our unique upcycled baby bags to families struggling to make ends meet.
Stand 79 – COPE Ltd – Shetland Soap Company
Shetland Soap Company can be found in a small group of islands in the North Sea, equidistant from Scotland And Norway. Our soap and skincare range is inspired by our beautiful islands and its raw elements. Our luxurious products are all handmade, using the very best ingredients by people who really care about what they do. Our team include people with learning disabilities, who supported by others, learn the delicate craft of soap making. In doing so the value themselves whilst contributing to their local economy and community. Incredible products from incredible people.
Shetland Soap Company is proudly part of COPE Ltd, one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises.
Stand 80- ACE
Alloa Community Enterprises Ltd (ACE) is now arguably the most successful community recycling business in Scotland, employing over 50 people and diverting over 19000 tons of waste from landfill in 2015/16. Initially a furniture reuse project, ACE now provides the longest established kerbside recycling service for local authorities in Scotland. In addition, ACE provides significant commercial and industrial recycling and wastes management services across central Scotland.
Stand 84 – Kinlochlovin
Kinlochlovin’ is a constituted social enterprise and OSCR registered charity which was set up in order to support all young people in the Kinlochleven High School catchment area to participate in enhancing activities to promote health and wellbeing, social inclusion and social justice. By engaging with Kinlochlovin’ the young people will be supported in their development of enterprise, self-sufficiency and independence. The young people involved run enterprises gaining employability skills plus can participate in extra curricular activities offered by Kinlochlovin’. We encourage them to get involved and get inspired.
Stand 85 – Itty Bitty Book Co
Itty Bitty Book Co is a family business focused on promoting positivity & improving mental health outcomes. We do this through our range of handmade inspirational quote books and products, as well as our interactive workshops. We know happiness matters and we want to help bring more of it into peoples everyday lives. As well as working with individuals and small groups, we work with large organisations providing unique employee/corporate gifts with meaning that make a difference.
Stand 86 – Mugshots
Mugshots is a social enterprise based in a young offenders institution in Belfast and operates as part of an Advantage employability programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund. The project provides practical work experience in a unique, supportive environment. Mugshots tackles the high re-offending rate in NI; currently 70%, by reducing this to under 20% among its participants.
Mugshots is a high-quality design & print company…’We print everything except money!’
Stand 87 – USEL
Usel is a Social Enterprise established to provide paid supported employment for people within its Belfast manufacturing base. Today Usel is the largest supporter of people with disabilities and health-related conditions in NI having supported and 1500 people into employment. Their manufacturing facility produces the award-winning range of Vintage Leather Satchels and a wide range of mattresses and beds from its Slumberin range. Usel also operate an award winning circular economy model within its business.
Stand 88 – Wee ChocCo
Wee ChoCo was established in 2015. We hand-craft a range of delicious chocolate products for retail outlets and create a range of personalised chocolate items for corporate events and weddings. Combining the finest chocolate and ingredients to create unique products.
We provide work placements for people with learning difficulties and autism to gain experience in a factory setting.
Our profit supports and benefits people with learning difficulties and autism
Stand 89 – Dunedin Canmore Housing Ltd
Dunedin Canmore Housing Limited, a part of Wheatley Group is a social enterprise and registered charity delivering quality affordable housing for communities in Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothian’s. Dunedin Canmore houses homeless people, caters for people with complex needs, older vulnerable people and people on low levels of income, also operating a hostel for those most vulnerable and financially excluded.
Stand 90 – Community Land Scotland
Community Land Scotland represents Scotland’s aspiring and established community land. It helps community landowners to share best practice and support each other; works to change legislation to help more communities reap the benefits that come from landownership and promotes community landownership and the work of its members. Its members collectively own 540,000 acres of land and have developed projects from housing and renewable energy to business centres and even a planned spaceport.
Stand 91 – The Architectural Heritage Fund
The Architectural Heritage Fund promotes and supports the sustainable re-use of historic buildings for the benefit of communities across the UK.
We are the leading heritage social investor and the only specialist heritage lender operating in the UK. Delivering social enterprise, local business or community services from historic buildings can improve the sense of place and wellbeing for a local community as well as unlocking additional funding sources.
We provide advice, early project grants of up to £25k, and flexible loan finance of up to £1m to projects involving the community-led repair and re-use of historic buildings in Scotland. We also run a community share purchase scheme.
In the last 15 years, 293 historic buildings have been regenerated thanks to over £46 million of AHF investment, levering in over £400m of additional investment.
Stand 92 – Health & Social Care Alliance
The ALLIANCE is the national third sector intermediary for health and social care organisations bringing together over 1,900 members, including a large network of national and local third sector organisations, associates in the statutory and private sectors and individuals.
The ALLIANCE vision is for a Scotland where people who are disabled or living with long term conditions, and unpaid carers have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well.
Stand 93 – Talking Mats
Talking Mats is a social enterprise whose vision is to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them. Our innovative, award-winning communication tool is based on extensive research and was designed by Speech and Language Therapists.
Stand 94 – Port Edgar Watersports CIC
Located just 20 minutes from Edinburgh, Port Edgar Watersports CIC is Scotland’s busiest Watersports Centre. We run courses from beginner to advanced in dinghy sailing, keelboat sailing, kayaking, canoeing, powerboating and stand up paddleboarding. We also offer a wide range of shore based, and online courses and do tailored group sessions. In the school holidays we run multi activity courses for young people aged 7 – 16.
Are social aim is to support people who have been, or are currently, involved in the Care System in Scotland to move towards a more positive future.
Phone 0131 319 1820
Stand 96 – Pioneers Post
Pioneers Post is the magazine that brings innovators, their organisations and their stories together into a dedicated platform – championing their vision, sharing their ideas, challenges, successes and failures.
Our aim is to create intelligent and engaging content through news, analysis, comment, profiles, debate, specialist reports, the Pioneers Post Business School and our own online TV and podcast channels.
Pioneers Post is itself a social enterprise, with clear social aims and profits ploughed back to support our community of socially progressive readers.
Stand 96 – PwC
PwC has supported social entrepreneurs for many years. Our people in Aberdeen are committed to sharing their business skills and ﬁnancial knowledge with them through our PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club.
Through our community programmes, PwC has been supporting social entrepreneurs for many years. Our people are inspired by their creative and life-changing work, and are motivated by the opportunity to share their business skills and ﬁnancial knowledge with them through our PwC Social Entrepreneurs Club.
Stand 99 – Co-operative Development Scotland
Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) is the arm of Scottish Enterprise working in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise that supports company growth through collaborative and employee ownership business models. It also works in partnership with other organisations to support the development of community co-operatives such as renewable energy and broadband. For further information on CDS see www.scottish-enterprise.com/cds or call on 0141 951 3055.
Stand 100 – Retailers Against Crime CIC
Retailers Against Crime is a national crime partnership established in 1997.
Our main objectives are to detect and deter crime, including acts of violence by sharing information on those known to commit crime throughout Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North West of England.
Retail Crime is an industry. It has a negative effect and significant financial impact upon retail and the economy, furthermore, this can have a detrimental effect on staff and customers. Businesses that invest in crime reduction measures and education to deter crime will create an environment where staff feel supported, businesses thrive and customers return.
Stand 101 – CommonHealth
CommonHealth is a five year collaborative research project which aims to develop methods to evaluate new pathways to health creation and health inequalities reduction arising from social enterprise. The project is led by the Yunus Centre for Social Business & Health at Glasgow Caledonian University alongside researchers from Robert Gordon University and Stirling University and in partnership with a variety of social enterprises across Scotland.
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