Sponsors and Partners.

The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace is delighted and privileged to have receive support and sponsorship from a wide range of organisations, please see below for more information on each of them. Watch the short films from our sponsors and partners on Social Enterprise Scotland TV.

The Scottish Government


Resilient Scotland Limited


Tacking inequality; investing in enterprise. Resilient Scotland works in 13 local authority areas: Clackmannanshire, Dundee City, East Ayrshire, City of Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, North Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian. Resilient Scotland Ltd is the corporate trustee of the JESSICA (Scotland) Trust, Scotland’s only social investment trust.  Resilient Scotland enables community organisations to contribute to the sustainable regeneration of areas affected by long term economic decline, improving the lives of local people. We provide new sources of capital delivered through models of social investment; enabling community organisations to become more enterprising and sustainable and have a meaningful impact on the regeneration of their area over the long-term.

Highlands and 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.

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.

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.

GTS Solutions CIC


The only Social Enterprise operating in the Scottish private security industry, offers a unique programme of reinvestment to client’s staff by providing training to further the skill set of employees on a lower income bracket at no extra cost



Ginerosity, a world first social enterprise gin, whose profits are poured back into projects to help disadvantaged young adults here and abroad

Harry’s Bar


Beer for Good CIC, a retail facing licenced trade operator based in several venues across Scotland, providing outside catering and bar services, delivering employability programs for those wishing to gain qualifications and experience in the Hospitality industry.

Co-operative Development Unit

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.

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.

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.

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.

Headline Media Partner

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.

Become a Sponsor

The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace offers organisations the opportunity of being a partner in the event that will, uniquely, bring private and public sectors together with social enterprise in a way which will explore how best to achieve economic growth within a more socially just Scotland. Sponsorship packages exist to suit all budgets.