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Firstport and What if…Girvan are teaming up with Columba 1400 to offer people in Carrick the opportunity to take part in a Community Leadership Academy in 2018.

Girvan resident, Andrew Sinclair, has been awarded a £5000 Start It award from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund to pilot his social enterprise, Wecafé. The award was delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s start up social enterprise development agency.

What if…Girvan is looking forward to a busy year in 2018, continuing to support people with good business ideas that make a positive difference in Girvan and South Carrick villages. 

A social enterprise running community action workshops and two creative music-themed businesses are the latest to benefit from a Council fund aimed at improving the economy and creating sustainable jobs.

Retailer Aldi has launched a Scottish Small Supplier Development Programme to give up-and-coming food and drink companies the chance to secure their big break.

There are plenty of resources available to help you shop ethically and give a gift that gives back this Christmas

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Events are a great way to gain knowledge and meet other social entrepreneurs. Find out what's going on this month. 

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A total of 16 individuals from across Scotland have been awarded funding from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund. The awards were delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s start up social enterprise development agency.

16 November is Social Enterprise Day – part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and a day to raise the profile of social enterprise around the world.

A social enterprise set up to help artists and designers sell their work without paying commission is set to expand its Edinburgh store and open a second outlet in Glasgow.

The University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with Santander Universities UK, offer match funding for 4-10 week internships in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

A Renfrewshire childcare provider has come top of the class after being shortlisted for a prestigious business award.

A project to restore an iconic community building, a business boosting ethical tourism in Scotland and an organic food producer have scooped awards in a national competition for their innovative ideas. 

Make sure you don't miss out on training opportunities for social entrepreneurs. And many of them are free!

Events are a great way to gain knowledge and meet other social entrepreneurs. Find out what's going on this month. 

Need a funding boost for your social enterprise? See our latest selection below

Earlier this month Vital Spark collaborated with another of Firstport's support programmes, What If... Girvan, to bring our social entrepreneurs together in Glasgow as part of a two day exchange programme.

A Bute based puppet company has won £3000 of funding from Lloyds Bank of Scotland to work with the Talespinners, a local creative writing group.

Need a funding boost for your social enterprise? See our latest selection below

Events are a great way to gain knowledge and meet other social entrepreneurs. Find out what's going on this month. 

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