Social Enterprise in Scotland: new census reveals growth in number and economic impact

September 7, 2017

The latest Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2017 report was launched yesterday at the CEIS Policy and Practice conference 2017 in Glasgow.

The new report reflects a strong and growing social enterprise community in Scotland, with an increase in the number of social enterprises and their economic impact. The research cements Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leading nation in the support and development of social enterprise.

Some of the headline figures include:

  • 5600 social enterprises now operating in Scotland (up from 5199 in 2015)
  • 64% of Scotland’s social enterprises led by women
  • 599 social enterprises formed in the last two years
  • 34% of social enterprises located in rural Scotland
  • £2bn GVA, the economic contribution of social enterprises to Scotland

You can download the key findings, summary and full report from Social Enterprise Scotland.

Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, The Scottish Government said:

“I have no doubt of the contribution that social enterprises make to our country. They are fantastic examples of what we want to achieve in a fairer Scotland - reducing inequality, lifting people out of poverty and encouraging more empowered and resilient communities. It is staggering, but perhaps unsurprising, that the sector makes a combined contribution to the Scottish economy every year of just over £2 billion.

“The Scottish Government will continue to support social enterprises through our ten year strategy, investing millions of pounds into the sector. We are also keen to work with social enterprise communities at home and abroad, particularly around the Social Enterprise World Forum. I am proud of all we have achieved, working collaboratively and I look forward to doing even more in the years to come.”

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