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What is a social enterprise?2017-12-01T16:37:12+00:00

Social enterprises are values-based businesses that generate networks of positive relationships while delivering sustainable economic development.  They have three fundamental characteristics:

  1. trade either goods or services as much as possible to generate income, contain asset lock (all surpluses are reinvested) and
  2. operate to achieve social and/or environmental objectives
  3. they aspire to be self-sustaining and create employment opportunities through income generation.

(This definition comes from the Assist Social Capital  website).

Scotland has a thriving social enterprise community with 5,600 businesses providing 81,000 full time equivalent jobs and 3.8bn in combined traded income.  For further information go to the Social Enterprise Scotland website.