Scotland’s new 10-year Social Enterprise Strategy (2016-2026) was launched on the 14th December 2016 at the Grassmarket Community Project in Edinburgh.
The new strategy sets out a clear vision to ensure that the social enterprise business community thrives and grows over the next decade and beyond.
The strategy will build on the supportive ecosystem, developed over the previous decade, and will cement Scotland's reputation as world-leading and the best place to start and grow a social enterprise.
The strategy focuses on three main priorities:
1) Stimulating social enterprise
2) Developing stronger organisations
3) Realising market opportunities
These will be developed into a series of action plans spanning the decade, the first of which will be published in 2017.
The strategy was produced in partnership with Scotland’s social enterprise support and development bodies and The Scottish Government. In a joint statement, Pauline Graham, CEO of Social Firms Scotland, Aidan Pia, executive director of Senscot and Fraser Kelly, chief executive, Social Enterprise Scotland, said:
“Scotland is a recognised world leader in social enterprise support and development. The journey towards the launch of this ambitious strategy has been both rewarding and challenging. Our social enterprise community, stretching across every area of urban and rural Scotland, is diverse. This new strategy sets out a clear, powerful and inclusive vision for the growth of social enterprise over the next decade and beyond.”