Firstport case studies

We have helped a wide range of new start enterprises across Scotland that have gone on to win awards, create jobs and deliver real social benefits to people and communities. Read our case studies to find out more.

Vital Spark supported local people in and around Dunoon, Rothesay and Campbeltown to develop ideas into enterprises and provide practical solutions to social and economic issues…
Based in Dunoon, Craig Peden and his wife are developing their social enterprise, ZPL Mobility, as part of the Vital Spark programme.
There are a number of successful social enterprises already running in South Ayrshire. You may use these services already and not even realise they are…
Chelsea, a trained artist, runs Pastel Fox Studio in Girvan. Chelsea has spent the past year developing her small creative business as part of the…
Pearl McGibbon has been in business all her life and following retirement, aged 70, she was looking for a new adventure. With help from What…
Andrew Sinclair joined What if... Girvan in October 2016 and over the past year has been building his social enterprise, Wecafé.
Charlie's idea has been inspired by his passion for photography. He describes himself as a community activist and has had a long interest in the…
Stuart Maytham was awarded a grant through Firstport’s Start It awards programme in 2016. Find out how his social enterprise, Health by Science, is helping…
Firstport is working with local groups across Edinburgh to find and support people who have a good idea that could benefit their local community.
Thriving Survivors, set up by Ashley Scotland, is a unique training and support service that enables people who have experienced a physical or emotional trauma…
To mark our milestone 10th anniversary, we’ve picked a social enterprise from each of the last 10 years to see how they have grown and…
Amanda MacTaggart was awarded funding for her social enterprise, Wig Bank Glasgow, as part of the West Dunbartonshire Challenge in 2014.  
Square Peg was founded by Indie Flynn whose own challenging journey through dyslexia and dyspraxia led her to work towards changing the way young people…
One of the 2016 Social Innovation Competition winners, Pianos on Prescription is an innovative scheme helping people experiencing difficulties including: isolation, loneliness, depression, long-term health conditions…
Social entrepreneur Gillie Banks is working hard to turn her idea into a business, as part of the Vital Spark programme in Rothesay.
Meet one of the aspiring social entrepreneurs to come onboard the Vital Spark programme in Rothesay.
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