Vital Spark

Vital Spark is a dynamic initiative based in Argyll and the Islands delivered by Firstport in partnership with InspirAlba and Unltd Scotland.


The three–year programme, supported by Calmac along with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, aims to build enterprising local cultures where emerging social entrepreneurs can flourish while generating skills and revenue that support themselves and their communities.

In 2015 Firstport invited people to come up with ideas that could have a positive impact on their communities. The best ideas were selected and the budding entrepeneurs offered one-to-one business training and support, mentoring, funding and free workspace in temporary hubs in Dunoon, Rothesay and Campbeltown to test their ideas.

Vital Spark now has around 23 early stage social enterprises many trading with their own premises, employing staff and delivering social impact to help improve their local communities in Argyll and Bute. Firstport and InspirAlba continue to support to meet the programme participants’ needs as their businesses develop and grow.

Applications are now closed.

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Supported by UnLtd Scotland Main Logo InspirAlba logo and The Kilfinan Trust

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