Next Steps for Social Enterprise in Scotland

This briefing will examine the latest policy developments, trends, support and good practice in the social enterprise sector.


In December 2016, the Scottish Government published a 10-year, national social enterprise strategy. Developed with the sector, it sets out shared ambitions and a framework for action for social enterprise.

Scotland's social enterprise is recognised as world-leading, contributing £1.68 billion to the Scottish economy each year and supporting more than 100,000 jobs. In increasingly challenging financial times, how can the sector develop and realise its potential?

Key learning objectives:

  • Get an up-to-date brief on the latest developments within social enterprise, including the new strategy
  • Gain insights into support, opportunities and innovative practice enhancing operations and impact
  • Learn from case study examples of effective, successful and inspiring social enterprises making a difference


09:15 Registration and morning refreshments

10:00 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Session one: Social Enterprise in Scotland

10:05 Social Enterprise in Scotland 

  • Building from the Social Enterprise in Scotland Census 2015, through the coproduction of Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-26 and subsequent action plan Building a Sustainable Social Enterprise Sector in Scotland.

Fraser Kelly, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Scotland

10:25 Social Enterprise Development Update: The public sector focus

  • Update on new areas of government legislation/policy focus
  • Update on focus of new government and funding initiatives to support the sector
  • Comment on how effective the above may be

Robin Fallas, Senior Associate, (Specialising in public sector & procurement and charities and third sector), MacRoberts LLP

10:45 The Why and How of Social Investment

  • Is social investment something to be feared or embraced?
  • This presentation looks at the cultural and ideological shift that many social enterprises have undergone to liberate themselves from grant dependency.
  • Learn how to utilise investment to build a sustainable business delivering enduring social impact.
  • Hear the challenges and opportunities investment brings…

Roger Moors, Chief Development Officer, Social Investment Scotland

11:05 Questions and discussion

11:30 Refreshments and networking


Session two: Ways forward and realising potential

11:50 Realising Procurement Opportunities Through Collaboration and Consortia Working

  • Setting the scene
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • Partnership & procurement support
  • Collaborative tendering and partnership working

Yvonne McBride, Collaborate Scotland Co-ordinator, Senscot 

12:10 Taking advantage of tendering and procurement opportunities

  • Accessing new market
  • Combining complementary skillsets to provide new products/ services
  • Collective tendering to achieve contracts  

Gill Joy, Co-operative Development Scotland 

12:30 Questions and discussion

12:50 Lunch and networking


Session three: Case study seminar - Learning lessons and developing successful enterprises

Leading figures from a range of backgrounds across the sector will share insights into their experiences, practice and principles which are enabling them to run commercially and socially successful businesses

13.45 Our Story

  • Understanding social enterprise from a community aspect.
  • Expectations from and to public agencies.
  • What I aim to achieve for PPP to develop a successful and sustainable enterprise. ​

Katrina MacNab, Chief Executive Officer, Pulteneytown People’s Project

14:05 Case study - MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC​

Catherine Eadie, Founder, MHScot Workplace Wellbeing CIC​

14:25 Questions and discussion

14:45 Chair's closing remarks

14:50 Close of event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue and costs

Event location:  

Novotel Edinburgh, 80 Lauriston Place , Edinburgh, EH3 9DE


  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

15 June 2017



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