SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ALLIANCE MIDLOTHIAN (SEAM)
DEVELOPING YOUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
Maybe you are up and running, or perhaps you are a third sector organisation exploring enterprise as a means of diversifying your income base. Whatever your status there will be challenges and opportunities that you will need to address to achieve sustainability.
There is a range of support mechanisms in place which may support your needs. We identify just a few below but if you would like a discussion about your needs as you progress, feel free to contact us at SEAM:
Some of the toolkits and resources identified in the start-up section such as the UnLtd www.unltd.org.uk/socialentrepreneurshiptoolkit are valid for existing social enterprises and might help you clarify your current and future needs. Just Enterprise www.justenterprise.org also supports developing social enterprises in a number of ways, e.g. learning, funding, advice on procurement etc.
SEAM has good links with Community Enterprise www.communityenterprise.co.uk who can offer a variety of practical forms of support to social enterprises.
Social Enterprise Scotland www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk lobby Government on behalf of the social enterprise sector and are always willing to assist.
Does your enterprise benefit people disadvantaged in the labour market? Social Firm Scotland www.socialfirms.org.uk is there to assist social enterprises with an employability focus.
Ready for Business provide advice and support to social enterprise interested in bidding for public sector contracts. You can find out more about them now at www.readyforbusiness.org.
Opportunities for developing leadership or staff skills are available via the Social Enterprise Academy www.theacademy-ssea.org.
If you own an asset, land or buildings, or hold a long-term lease over these, then you might be interested in assistance from the Development Trusts Association Scotland www.dtascot.org.uk.
Perhaps you are a co-operative or interested in the co-operative model? Further information can be found through Co-operative Development Scotland www.scottish-enterprise.com/microsites/co-operative-development-scotland.aspx .