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.

Théo Laffargue's passion for cooking and baking started as a child in his native France. Once he left home at 19 he started baking his…
Lindsay Guidi recently joined the What if…Girvan programme, looking to develop her social enterprise Home Cook School in the Girvan area.
Jennifer, director of community supported organic farm and delivery business Woodside Arran, was voted Firstport’s Young Social Innovator 2017, winning a £5000 prize and business…
Digital Maker was set up by Martin Evans and his business partner Philip Thompson, to deliver workshops and training in digital making and associated technology,…
Celia Hodson and her daughters are the brains behind Hey Girls – a new social enterprise using a ‘Buy One Give One’ model to fight…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Duncan MacGillivray is developing his social enterprise in Dunoon as part of the Vital Spark programme.
Meet Fiona, one of the aspiring social entrepreneurs to come onboard the Vital Spark programme in Dunoon.
Gordon is one of the budding social entrepreneurs to embark on the Vital Spark programme in Campbeltown.
In November 2016, Firstport announced the winners of the first ever Social Innovation Competition, including our Young Social Innovator Award.
Lily Asch wants to tackle the stigma around mental ill-health with Real Talk, a mental health storytelling social enterprise. She was awarded £500 seed funding…
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