First three-year Scottish social enterprise action plan to be unveiled by the end of this month
Blueprint developed in consultation with various stakeholders
The Scottish Government will publish a three-year action plan for Scottish social enterprises as part of its decade-long strategy for the sector from 2016 to 2026.
Will Tyler-Greig, head of Social Enterprise, said: “We are, this month, going to publish the first action plan.”
Speaking at the closing of the Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace in Edinburgh on March 21, he noted that there were “about 100 actions” in the strategy, which was currently in draft form.
Scottish Government head of social enterprise Will Tyler-Greig delivering the event’s closing remarks.
According to Tyler-Greig, the roadmap – the first of three – was co-produced with the social enterprise sector and covers 2017 to 2020.
He said: “The Scottish government has really enjoyed this co-production around the strategy. The social enterprise sector in Scotland is such a vibrant community, with individuals who are working with so much passion.
“The Scottish government, with its bureaucratic role, needs to step back and say we don’t know what the solutions are to these tough problems,” he added. “Social enterprises are by their nature innovative and agile and able to actually understand what some of the problems are at the community level.”
Ministry for Social Security Jeanne Freeman speaking at the start of the event.
In her speech at the beginning of the event – which featured over 80 exhibitors and leaders of social enterprises, government agencies and the third sector – Minister for Social Security Jeane Freeman said the 10-year social enterprise strategy, which was launched in December, will link with the government’s other endeavours, such as its disability delivery plans for 2016 to 2021.
“The plans set our long-term intent for transformational change in the lives of disabled people,” she added. “It recognises in the 93 specific concrete actions the importance of social enterprise, with activities to explore creative ways to employ more disabled people and to work with partners to increase the number of disabled people employed in micro and social enterprises.”
The action plan was first announced at the Scottish parliament by Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance on 9 February.
The first of three roadmaps for the sector aims to “drive forward change, test ways to increase the profile of social enterprise and set the foundations for exploring new long-term approaches,” said Constance.
The action plan follows an extra £900,000 package of early interventions announced on the same day and a further £140,000 for the social entrepreneurs fund introduced in December.
Constance said: “That means that more than £1 million is already being invested to lay the groundwork for the implementation of the first action plan.”
According to Constance, the interventions include setting up Scotland’s first social impact hubs – one in an urban area and another in a rural area – as well as investing in Scotland’s only accelerator programme for early-stage social enterprises together with the Big Lottery Fund and delivering the second social enterprise census.
Other photos from the event.
Featured Image: Social enterprise Libertie Projects’ booth features crafts made by participants of its arts and crafts programmes, namely offenders, those at risk of offending, their families and victims of crime , Photo:Lam Jian Wyn.