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Social Enterprise Summit

A conference on the direction of social enterprise and a trade fair celebrating the diversity of social enterprise in Scotland and beyond
10-11 June 2015, Inverness / Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness

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50 years of supporting businesses and communities

This two day event will bring together social entrepreneurs, public sector and commercial representatives from across the UK to discuss the challenges and opportunities for rural social enterprises in achieving longterm sustainability.

This is a unique experience where delegates can nominate and discuss shared issues; learn about innovative rural solutions adopted by Canada and Australia; explore new business opportunities, meet and trade with local social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands and participate in study tours to experience first-hand their rich, diverse offering.

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Wednesday 10 June

Wednesday 10 June, Kingsmills Suite

  • 1200

    Registration opens

  • 1245

    Opening address and welcome

    Gerry Higgins, CEO, CEIS

  • 1300

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise – 50 years of supporting business and communities

    Professor Lorne Crerar, Chair, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • 1320

    Scottish Government address

    John Swinney, MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and the Economy, Scottish Government

  • An international focus on social enterprise in rural areas

    This session will highlight how social enterprise in the UK, Canada and Australia is increasingly enabling economic participation and improving sustainability of rural communities. Participants will hear from social enterprise leaders and support agencies about best practice models, which tackle rural barriers and maximise the rural advantages.

    Chair: Rachael McCormack, Director, Strengthening Communities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • 1340

    The important role social enterprise plays in the economies and communities of our region

    Rachael McCormack, Director, Strengthening Communities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • 1350

    Introducing social enterprises from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

    Ingrid Webb, General Manager, COPE Ltd, Shetland Islands
    COPE Limited is a well-established and successful social enterprise that has been operating in the Shetland Isles for 16 years. It has a strong social purpose supporting the development of employment skills for people with learning disabilities in Shetland. COPE comprises five main business hubs; The Shetland Soap Company, The Orkney Soap Company, The Shetland Home Company, The Shetland Garden Company and The Shetland Kitchen Company. Through these hubs, we offer young people and adults with learning disabilities focused skill development opportunities with the aim to assist them to have opportunities to advance in to employment with mainstream employers.

    Robbie Drummond, Director, Stramash
    Using the many and varied outdoor environments of Scotland, Stramash makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of our children and young people, while at the same time developing understanding and stewardship of these environments. Stramash connects people with the outdoors. Stramash inspires life through the outdoors

    Alistair Macleod, General Manager, North Harris Trust
    North Harris Trust was established in 2003 to purchase the 62,000 acres privately owned North Harris Estate and thereafter manage the land on behalf of the 750 people who live on it. Two smaller estates were later added including the Isle of Scalpay, which was gifted in 2014. North Harris Trust has a clear objective of sustainable utilisation of its land assets for economic and social benefit with a view to reversing a history of population decline and creating a sustainable future for the island. It is in the process of delivering a range of initiatives to stimulate new business development, provide housing and generate income for reinvestment in the community

  • 1420

    A Canadian perspective on social enterprise
    David LePage, Chair, Social Enterprise Council of Canada

    Making progress in remote communities, engaging with first nations groups and developing policy with one federal and 10 Provincial governments!

  • 1435

    Social enterprise in regional and outback Australia
    David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders

    David will provide an insight to the role social enterprise is playing to retain services and enable economic participation in local towns and communities throughout regional Australia. He will also provide an update on ‘Good Spender’, Australia’s first online marketplace developed exclusively for social enterprise by Social Traders and Australia Post.

  • 1450

    Q&A session
    Chair: Rachael McCormack, Director, Strengthening Communities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • 1520

    Coffee Break

  • 1550

    Breakout sessions and open space discussions where participants set the agenda

    There will be three fixed breakout sessions and up to 5 open space discussions. The fixed breakout sessions are:

    • Creative Industries fuelling Social Enterprise
    • Community Assets: Supporting Community Ownership
    • Tech Tactics: Let’s Talk Shop
    • An introduction to the Highlands & Islands through the lens of a Social Enterprise
  • 1725

    Coffee Break

  • Progressive policy and strategy
    Examining the policies and approaches that are influencing the contribution of social enterprise to the economic and social life of communities in Scotland and beyond

    Chair: Rachael McCormack, Director, Strengthening Communities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • 1755

    A vision and strategy for Social Enterprise in Scotland 2015-2025
    Yvonne Strachan, Head of Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector, Scottish Government

     

  • 1815

    Stimulating rural communities through “Social Enterprise Places”
    Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK

  • 1830

    Q&A session
    Chair: Rachael McCormack, Director, Strengthening Communities, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • 1900

    Evening reception

NB. Please note the programme is subject to change

To download a pdf version of the programme, click here

THURSDAY 11 JUNE PROGRAMME

Thursday 11 June

WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE
PROGRAMME

Thursday 11 June, Kingsmills, Culcabock and Damfield Suites

  • 0900

    Trade Show open

    Scottish Government address
    Yvonne Strachan, Head of Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector, Scottish Government

  • 1030-1445

    ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions

    Throughout the trade show, there will be an opportunity for visitors and exhibitors to attend short presentations by organisations on supply chain opportunities available for social enterprises and a number of ‘How to?’ presentations to support social enterprises on more technical and practical subjects.

  • 1545

    Closing Remarks

    Fraser Kelly, CEO, Social Enterprise Scotland

  • 1600

    Trade Show close

To download a pdf version of the programme, click here

Speaker Profiles

David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders

David Brookes is the Managing Director of Social Traders, based in Melbourne, Australia. David has been involved in the development of a number of social enterprise programs and services. He has led social enterprise sector development initiatives, including the launch of the Australian Social Enterprise Awards program in 2013. He has been a member of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Steering Committee since 2010.

David has over fifteen year of senior management experience in the business sector where he was involved in the development of strategic business community-partnership programs. He also has policy and economic development experience having worked with a major industry association and local council in NSW.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Professor Lorne Crerar

Lorne joined the Board of HIE in April 2008 and was appointed Chairman in March 2012.

Lorne is a founding partner and Chairman of leading Scottish commercial law firm Harper Macleod LLP, which has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Thurso. He has held the part-time Chair of Banking Law at Glasgow University since 1997. Lorne has broad experience of public sector operations. He was formerly Deputy Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow and one of three Chairmen of the Housing Improvement Task Force with his group completing their work in 2002. He is generally credited as the architect of the Home Report System in Scotland. He was appointed as Convener of the Standards Commission in June 2003 (under the Ethical Standards in Public Life (Scotland Act 2000). Lorne resigned from this office in September 2006 to take up the Chair of the ‘Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland’ which reported in September 2007. Lorne was a non-Executive Director of the Scottish Government Justice Programme Board until November 2010.

Lorne Crerar lives much of his time in Wester Ross, helping to cement a family connection with the area which stretches back to the beginning of the 20th Century. Although he spends much of his working life in Glasgow he says he is more than happy to make the 500 mile round-trip to be able to spend time in the Highlands. He is interested in most sports and is currently the Chairman of Discipline for the Scottish Rugby Union, 6Nations and European Rugby Cup.

Robbie Drummond, Finance Director, Stramash

Robbie Drummond is a non-executive Director of Stramash, an award winning Scottish outdoor social enterprise. He has specific responsibility for finance in his role as Finance Director for the dynamic and rapidly growing organisation.

He is also the Group Finance Director for the David MacBrayne Group, a multiple award winning ferries and port operations business with revenue of £150m and 1,500 employees. Currently he has leadership responsibility for Finance, Information Systems, Procurement, and Programme Office.

He has worked in a variety of senior finance roles across business services, technology and transport sectors in complex matrix organisations. This includes Invocas Group plc, HBoS plc, Thus plc, PwC (Corporate Finance) and KPMG. He is skilled at leading teams through change, building relationships with a wide variety of senior stakeholders, and passionate about driving business performance improvement.

His other business interests include: Member of the SCDI’s Highlands and Islands Committee, Member of IoD’s West of Scotland Committee, and Member of the Scottish Government’s Information Systems Investment Board.

David Le Page, Chair, Social Enterprise Council of Canada

David LePage is a Principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd., one of Canada’s first ever hybrid corporations. ASI CCC was created to serve and promote the emerging social enterprise and blended value business sectors.

David is the Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada. He serves as a Program Adjunct to the Sandermoen School of Business MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership. He is a member of the Social Enterprise World Forum Steering Group, the Canadian CED Network Policy Council, Imagine Canada’s Advisory Committee, and BC’s Partners for Social Impact. He is a Board member of the Vancouver Farmer’s Market and a Board member of Ethelo Decisions.

Gerry Higgins, CEO, CEIS

Gerry is Chief Executive Officer at CEIS (Community Enterprise in Scotland) and a Director at the Social Value Lab, Ready for Business LLP, Big Issue Invest Scotland and Social Enterprise World Forum CIC. He brings over 30 years’ experience in developing and running social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners in the UK and internationally to develop supportive social enterprise ecosystems. His current work includes oversight of major programmes, to develop public sector markets for social enterprises, to build the capacity of social enterprises to create sustainable and effective businesses and to introduce new forms of social investment to support business start-up and growth. As CEO of the CEIS Group, Gerry leads a team of over 50 people to deliver business support, employability services, project consultancy, social research, social investment, business finance and event management. Gerry joined CEIS in 2006 having previously worked across the UK as the founding Chief Executive of Social Firms UK for 7 years. During this period Gerry was a founding director of the Social Enterprise UK and worked with the DTI to draft and introduce the first UK Social Enterprise Strategy in 2002. Gerry is interested in social change and committed to social justice and has spent over 30 years working in the social enterprise sector to assist individuals, communities and enterprises to fulfil their potential.

Key expertise: Social enterprise policy and strategy; public procurement; social investment; community asset development; social enterprise business support; international social enterprise.

Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK

Peter believes that a better world is both possible and necessary. He believes that social enterprise provides one of our very best hopes of achieving greater social and economic justice. He is chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprise and a membership organization supporting social enterprise advocacy and development within the UK and across the world.

Prior to taking on this role Peter was founding chief executive of Sunlight Development Trust. During his years at Sunlight Peter became a high profile and well respected social entrepreneur, supporting the regeneration, through a number of social enterprises, of some of the UK’s most deprived and challenged communities. In 2007, Peter was appointed by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown to become a UK Social Enterprise Ambassador – a scheme supported and coordinated by the Cabinet Office.

In 2010, Peter was appointed as a member of the Cabinet Office’s Mutual’s Taskforce and became a board member of the Big Society Trust, which oversees the delivery of Big Society Capital.

In 2012 Peter was elected Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum, the international network of social enterprises, and was also appointed to the EU Social Business Initiative Expert Group.

Peter was appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2015, rewarded for services to social enterprise with a CBE.

Alistair MacLeod, General Manager, North Harris Trust

Alistair Macleod is the General Manager of North Harris Trust which has been the Community landowner of the 27,500 ha. estate since 2003.  Aged 63, he relocated from Glasgow in 2001 to rebuild on the site of the family home in Kyles Scalpay.

Formerly he worked for the Bank of Scotland, in Stockbroking for 20 years or so and was latterly employed in various roles with Scottish Enterprise in Glasgow for 11 years, before becoming the first employee of the Trust in 2003.  Presently, his main areas of responsibility are for finance and housing activities as well as overall management of the Trust.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Alex Paterson took up the post of Highlands and Islands Enterprise Chief Executive on 2 August 2010.  Alex joined HIE in 2001 as Director of Developing Skills. In this post, he played a key role in modernising HIE’s approach to skills development and delivery and helping individuals gain or enhance their skills. Achievements included introducing the innovative LearningWorks online resource and integrating the national Careers Scotland service with the work of the enterprise agency. Following the Enterprise Networks Review in 2008, Alex was appointed as HIE’s first Director of Regional Competitiveness. He led the organisation’s support for key national sectors – education and universities, creative industries, energy, food and drink, life sciences, sustainable tourism, and financial and business services – as well as initiatives to develop UHI, improve the region’s infrastructure, enhance international trade performance, and promote business innovation, entrepreneurship and the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programme.

Alex is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and the University of Bath, and spent his early career in industrial marketing with Esso Chemicals and Volvo. After this, he joined the Scottish Development Agency and, on the formation of Scottish Enterprise, became Head of Small Business Development in Renfrewshire Enterprise. Before joining HIE, Alex was Managing Director of a consultancy and training organisation based in Glasgow and operating throughout the UK.

Rachael McCormack, Director of Strengthening Communities Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the only agency of its kind in Europe, uniquely integrating both community and economic development across a largely rural region with a population of just under half a million. Our region, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, covers over half of Scotland, from the Shetland Isles in the north to Argyll (west of Glasgow) in the south and includes all of Scotland’s islands. The agency has an annual budget of more than £95m.

As Director of Strengthening Communities, Rachael McCormack leads HIE’s work to build community resilience and sustainability, particularly in our socially and economically fragile areas. Our focus is threefold – to invest in community capacity building, enable community asset ownership and empower social enterprise to grow. The Highlands & Islands region has a mature and diverse social economy, much of which is focused on our cultural assets, local service delivery and job creation in many of our most remote areas.

Since joining HIE in 2012, Rachael has led a number of important strategic initiatives, including the development of regional policy including Resilient Rural Communities – Tackling Fragile Areas and Ambitious for Culture. She has also delivered through a national partnership a study to establish a minimum income standard for remote, rural Scotland and pioneering research into the economic and social value of Gaelic (Scotland’s minority language) as an asset. Rachael also currently oversees HIE’s leadership of two major, community led, national programmes – the Scottish Land Fund and Community Broadband Scotland and leads HIE’s Strategic Partnership with the Glasgow School of Art. Rachael leads HIE’s portfolio of over 150 social enterprises based within the region – these are organisations looking to grow and develop with support from HIE. She is also responsible for a wide range of support products and services to respond to the needs of social enterprises, from training and business development through to internationalisation.

Having studied at De Montfort University, Leicester, in Management Sciences, Rachael held several posts in local government. She then moved successfully into the private sector, running a business consultancy for nine years.

Ingrid Webb, General Manager, COPE Ltd

Over the past 25 years Ingrid has been involved in developing and delivering services for people with disabilities in both the UK and Australia. Within the various roles undertaken, despite significant progress within the services provided, many people with disabilities continue to face barriers to employment.

Ingrid’s travels and experience have led her back to her childhood home in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly place in the UK, and to a dynamic company called COPE LTD as General Manager.

COPE Ltd is a well-established and successful social enterprise that has been operating in Shetland and Orkney for 16 years and has a turnover of over £1 million. It has a strong social purpose supporting the development of employment skills for people with learning disabilities in Shetland.

Cope Ltd believes that everyone regardless of their disability should have the opportunity to work if they wish. Given the right conditions, all adults have the potential to contribute to our local economy and in doing so will learn to value themselves and others.

Ingrid’s role within the organisation is to deliver the strategic priorities set by the organisation’s Board of Directors. This includes being responsible for the overall success of the organisation and its generated income whilst providing an arena in which meaningful skill development occurs.

COPE Ltd support an ethos of building sustainable working relationships with partner agencies and are committed to working to find innovative ways to improve business and maximise the quality and quantity of skill development opportunities.

Fraser Kelly, CEO, Social Enterprise Scotland

Fraser joined Social Enterprise Scotland in July 2011. With a career that benefits from private, public and third sector experience and includes over 20 years working in economic regeneration, Fraser describes this role with a mixture of excitement and privilege, working on behalf of an outstanding collection of member organisations, with a highly committed and experienced Board.

From 2004-2011 Fraser held the post of Chief Executive with Castlemilk Economic Development Agency and Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency Ltd and prior to that worked as Head of Economic Development at Inverclyde Council. Fraser is a Board member of Resilient Scotland Ltd and a Trustee of Seton Care Ltd.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions and open space discussions

Participants have the option of choosing 2 of 4 fixed breakout sessions to attend or open space discussions suggested by delegates on the lead up to the event during two 40 minutes sessions.

  • Session choice 1: 1550 – 1630
  • Session choice 2: 1640 – 1725

Download the programme here

Fixed breakout sessions

1. Creative industries fuelling social enterprise
An opportunity to hear from an academic, Ealasaid Munro, Glasgow University, who is currently investigating the potential of the creative industries in our rural areas, as a driver for economic and social growth, and also from a social enterprise, Eigg Box, which is actively pursuing these opportunities on the Isle of Skye.

Followed by an opportunity for collective discussion on realising the potential for social enterprise operating in the creative industries.

Chair:                   Neil Ross, Head of Community Growth, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Speakers:            Ealasaid Munro, Glasgow University
Laura Conway, Director, Eigg Box


 

2. Community assets: Supporting community ownership
Asset-driven projects transform entire communities, and lead to long-term growth.  Many communities acquire assets to sustain vital services, such as local provision of food, fuel and other goods.  The path to community ownership can be a demanding one, requiring perseverance and ingenuity to face challenges, overcome setbacks and achieve a positive outcome.

Join this session to learn what support is available to help local people build stronger communities for themselves and generations to follow.

Chair:                   Sandra Holmes, Head of Community Assets, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Speakers:           Angela Williams, Development Manager, The Knoydart Foundation
Dave Thomson, Head of Community Land Team, Scottish Government


 

3. Tech tactics: Let’s talk shop
As high-speed fibre rolls out across Scotland, the opportunities for enterprises to enhance the way they operate and promote themselves have increased.

Join this session to hear from our panel of social enterprises on how embracing new technologies has helped them evolve, their journey in adopting online technologies, overcoming barriers, growing  business, serving customers and being more productive.

Chair:                  April Conroy, Digital Scotland Excellence Centre – Project Manager, Highlands and Islands                                    Enterprise

Speakers:            Sally Ann Kelly, Chief Executive, Aberlour Child Care Trust
Valerie Houston, Falls of Shin Project Officer, Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
Claire Farquhar, Communications & Project Manager, North Highland Initiative


 

4. An introduction to the Highlands and Islands through the lens of a social enterprise
A session aimed at delegates not from the Highlands and Islands to gain insight into the rural life of social enterprises through video and imagery

Presentation by: Brian Weaver, CEO, HISEZ


 

5. Open space discussions
Participate in a series of open space discussions nominated by conference delegates

Evening Reception

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Conference delegates are invited to enjoy an evening of networking, local food, music and hospitality, where they will be warmly welcomed by Councillor Thomas Prag, Chair of Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Highland Council.

Delegates can then enjoy the BBQ in the beautifully landscaped garden grounds, while being serenaded by local musicians from Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

 

 

Meet the Buyer Sessions

11th June

Throughout the trade show, there will be an opportunity for visitors and exhibitors to attend short presentations by organisations on supply chain opportunities and a number of ‘How to?’ presentations to support social enterprises.

  • 1030-1045

    How to? presentation
    April Conroy, Digital Scotland Excellence Centre -Project Manager, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

  • 1045-1100

    How to? presentation
    Peter Ferry, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft

  • 1115 - 1145

    Meet the buyer presentation
    Kim Chell, Procurement Department, NHS Highland

  • 1200-1215

    Business mentoring can help your social enterprise succeed

    Life in the commercial world can be a potent combination of the exhilarating and the terrifying.  When you need to make changes in your organisation but don’t have the knowledge or experience – that’s where a business mentor can really help.  Our volunteer mentors can provide a confidential environment for you to access their knowledge and skills.  Join us to learn how the Inverness Chamber of Commerce Business Mentoring Programme can help you develop and grow your organisation.
    Andy Maxtone, Business Mentoring Manager, Inverness Chamber of Commerce

     

  • 1215-1230

    How to identify the golden nuggets that have the most potential for growth, income generation and delivery of objectives for your business
    Ailsa Clark, Business Adviser, Just Enterprise

  • 1245-1315

    Sustainable procurement and the Third Sector

    A look at the current pattern of Council procurement, where we would like to see it develop, and what the implications of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act are for all of us working together.
    Ashley Gould MSc FCIPS, Head Of Procurement, Highland Council

  • 1330-1345

    Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR)

    SITR is the first tax incentive of its kind in the world that targets social investors.  SITR provides tax relief to qualifying individuals who make social investments.  It’s reported that SITR could unlock up to £0.5 billion in new finance for charities and social enterprises across the UK.  Join us to learn more about the potential of this new source of investment opportunities for Third Sector organisations.
    Alastair Davis, CEO, Social Investment Scotland

  • 1345-1400

    How to win Public Sector contracts
    Roddy Stewart, Business Adviser, Ready for Business

  • 1415-1430

    The role of social enterprise in supporting community-based regeneration

    Exploring the emerging outputs from SURF’s Alliance for Action investigative regeneration research programme; successful social enterprise approaches highlighted in recent iterations of the SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration; and how SURF plans to represent the views of the social enterprise sector in its 2016 manifesto for community regeneration.

    Andy Milne, Chief Executive, SURF

  • 1430-1445

    Increase your business potential through academic support

    Our free and impartial service stimulates innovation and encourages businesses to consider academic support and knowledge exchange to: increase their competitiveness, develop new products, and exploit new market opportunities. Join us and learn more.
    Lorraine Thomson, Business Engagement Manager and Carol-Ann Adams, Business Engagement Executive, Interface

To register your attendance at the conference and trade show click here

 

Partners and Sponsors

We are grateful for the support of our partners and sponsors in helping to make the day a success.

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Partners Profiles

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the economic and community development agency implementing Scotland’s Economic Strategy across a region which stretches from Shetland to Argyll and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray – more than half the country.

With around 300 staff, HIE supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises; strengthens communities, particularly in fragile areas; develops growth sectors; and invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.

The social economy of the Highlands and Islands is strong and growing, as well as diverse and dynamic. It brings value to the region by strengthening communities, tackling inequalities and providing essential local services, particularly in remote and rural areas.

Empowered communities and social entrepreneurs across the Highlands and Islands, supported by HIE, take action to improve community wellbeing. They help build community resilience, tackle poverty and maximise the benefits from community owned assets. They create jobs, generate turnover in their local economies and often focus on local supply chains for organisational goods and services, further strengthening the local economy.

This is why HIE is committed to raising awareness of and directly supporting the social and economic benefits of social enterprise and community development.

For further information, visit http://www.hie.co.uk  or follow us on social media:

www.twitter.com/HIEScotland
www.facebook.com/HighlandsandIslandsEnterprise
www.YouTube.com/HIECommunications

CEIS

CEIS is the UK’s largest and most experienced social enterprise support agency. Established in 1984, CEIS has developed a series of training, support and investment programmes that have been widely adopted and replicated. Whether supporting or financing social enterprises, organising events or delivering innovative employability programmes to help people back into work, we are driven to enable individuals, organisations and communities.

Core to our success and reputation is our strong partnerships and relations, forged with enterprises, communities and Governments, locally and globally, to share and develop new approaches and systems that support social enterprise development.

Our mission is to tackle inequality, strengthen communities and improve the performance and impact of businesses which contribute to our society.

To find out more, visit www.ceis.org.uk or follow us on twitter www.twitter.com/ceisgerry

Social Enterprise Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise – uniting social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. We’re your gateway to Scotland’s social enterprise community. Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. We’re the first point of contact for the media and public and promote a positive vision for social enterprise. Membership is open to anyone. We’re based in Edinburgh city centre with a small staff team and a large social enterprise membership, both very active and involved in the organisation. We pro-actively engage with our social enterprise partners, the public sector, the media, the private sector and the wider public. We work in partnership with many other organisations in and out with the broad social enterprise movement, with The Scottish Government and Parliament and local authorities. We offer a wide-ranging membership package and help people navigate the world of social enterprise. We’re a registered Company Limited by Guarantee. We were originally incorporated in 2005 as the ‘Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition’ and rebranded at the end of 2011 as ‘Social Enterprise Scotland’.

Take a look around the website and discover something new today: www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk

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Study Tours

We have lined up 4 study tours offering delegates a unique insight into social enterprise activity in the Inner Moray Firth; Moray; Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross; and Shetland areas.

Participants can opt to include a day trip to Inner Moray Firth; Moray or Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross on 12th June or an overnight study tour trip to Shetland on 12-13th June.

For further information and costs on each of these tours, click on the links below.

Inner Moray Firth – 12th June
Moray – 12th June
Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross – 12th June
Shetland – 12-13th June

To register participation in one of our study tours as part of the Social Enterprise Summit, click here

For further information on the conference and trade show, click here

Inner Moray Firth Study Tour: 12th June

The Inverness-based social enterprise study visits are centred around enterprise and work-based employability and skills, and Highland military culture and heritage.  You will be able to see the work-based social enterprises in action; training people to get ready for the workplace through a variety of different work streams such as recycling, young people gaining qualifications whilst in the working environment, sustainable employment and development opportunities for disabled people and a fully renovated museum at the historic Fort George, that tells the stories of the many Highlanders who served in one of the Regiments raised from the region.

Itinerary

  • 1000
    Depart Inverness accommodation
  • 1015
    Arrive New Start Highland
  • 1105
    Depart New Start Highland
  • 1115
    Arrive Haven Products Coffee/Tea
  • 1205
    Depart Haven Products
  • 1215
    Arrive Calman Trust / Café Artysans
  • 1300
    Lunch Café Artysans or other social enterprise / community organisation host
  • 1400
    Depart Inverness
  • 1430
    Arrive The Highlanders’ Museum Coffee/Tea
  • 1600
    Depart The Highlanders’ Museum
  • 1630
    Arrive Inverness

COST: £65+VAT*

* Cost based on a minimum of 16 participants per tour. If sufficient bookings are not met, participants will be offered the opportunity to join another day tour.

To register participation in this study tour as part of the Social Enterprise Summit, click here

Social Enterprise Information

New Start Highland

New Start Highland is a dynamic organisation that transforms Highland lives.  We create opportunities for people to make positive changes to their lives in order to reach their full potential.  In visiting New Start Highland you will view first-hand the life changing work that is undertaken by our Housing Support Service, Employability Team and Furniture Delivery Team.  A visit will include a tour of our warehouse where starter packs and furniture are sorted and readied for delivery, our furniture restoration workshop, painting and decorating training area, electrical testing area and bike workshop/retail unit.

Dedicated members of the team will be available to explain about working one to one with trainees, helping them to gain the skills they need to enter, or re-enter the workforce.

At New Start Highland we are committed to a triple bottom line where social and environmental factors are just as important as financial outcomes.  During your visit to the organisation you will meet members of the New Start Commercial Services Team and learn how the trading subsidiary of New Start Highland generates profit to invest in the social work we undertake.

For further information, visit http://www.newstarthighland.org

Calman Trust

Calman Trust operates a series of social enterprises, where young people aged 16-25 develop  the skills for work by participating in all operational areas, covering all duties. The busy Café Artysans in Inverness city centre is one of these enterprises, serving concurrently as business and accredited learning centre, and delivering a fine balance of high quality service to customers, learning and employment opportunities for young people and income to sustain this work going forward. In a visit to Artysans you will gain an insight into how Calman sets out to achieve this triple bottom line.

For further information, visit http://www.calman.org/

Café Artysans (Part of the Calman family)

Award winning Café and Social Enterprise based within Inverness City Centre. Offering homebaking, own roasted coffee, breakfasts, lunches and outside catering.

For further information, visit http://www.cafeartysans.org.uk/

The Highlander Museum

The Highlanders’ Museum (Queen’s Own Highlanders Collection) covers three floors of Fort George’s former Lieutenant Governors’ House. The museum has roughly 20,000 artefacts and an estimated 10,000 documents and photographs. The museum is the largest regimental museum in Scotland, outside of Edinburgh.

The Highlanders are the descendants of four famous Scottish Regiments originally raised from the Clans and communities of the Highlands and Islands in the late 1700’s. The Highlanders Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, (4 SCOTS), today incorporates the worldfamous names of the Seaforth Highlanders, The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders and the Queen’s Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons). The Museum represents all these famous Regiments except for The Gordon Highlanders who have their own museum in Aberdeen.

The museum includes items from the Lovat Scouts and Liverpool Scottish as well as our Allied Regiments from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Gurkhas.

For further information, visit http://www.thehighlandersmuseum.com/

 

For further information and costs on our other tours, click on the links below.

Moray – 12th June
Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross – 12th June
Shetland – 12-13th June

For further information on the conference & trade show, click here

Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross Study Tour: 12th June

Itinerary

  • 0900
    Depart Inverness
  • 1030
    Arrive Ullapool
  • 1045
    Ullapool Harbour Trust
  • 1130
    Ullapool Community Trust
  • 1215
    Lochbroom Woodfuels
  • 1315
    Lunch (location tbc)
  • 1400
    Depart Ullapool. Arrive Achiltubuie
  • 1445
    Coigach Community Development Company
  • 1600
    Depart Achiltibuie
  • 1800
    Arrive Inverness

COST: £75+VAT*

* Cost based on a minimum of 16 participants per tour. If sufficient bookings are not met, participants will be offered the opportunity to join another day tour

To register participation in this study tour as part of the Social Enterprise Summit, click here

Social Enterprise Information

Ullapool Harbour Trust

Ullapool is the location of the main ferry terminal for residents and visitors to Stornoway in the
Western Isles. UHT is one of the most progressive and inspiring Harbour Trusts in Scotland,
undertaking a range of developments that benefit the whole Community. Their Social Enterprise
ethos has a significant positive impact on one of the most picturesque locations in Scotland.

For further information, visit http://www.ullapool-harbour.co.uk/

Ullapool Community Trust

The Ullapool Community Trust serves the distinct area of Lochbroom and is working on behalf of, and in partnership with, the whole community – total population is approximately 2,150. The community of Ullapool is one of the larger settlements in Wester Ross, however, still suffers from issues similar to other smaller rural communities along the West Coast. UCT are currently progressing a Hydro Scheme, affordable housing and Broadband provision for the whole community.

For further information, visit http://ullapoolcommunity.org/

Lochbroom Woodfuels

Lochbroom Woodfuels is a community owned social enterprise which produces high quality, sustainable, fairly priced woodfuels for the local market and provides volunteering, training and
employment opportunities for young people. Last year Lochbroom Woodfuels were winners of the Scottish Social Enterprise Awards, ‘One to Watch’ category. They were also highly commended in the same category for the UK Social Enterprise Awards.

For further information, visit http://www.lochbroomwoodfuels.com/

Coigach Community Development Company

The Coigach Peninsula covers 15,500 hectares including approximately 20 small islands known as the Summer Isles. Coigach is a designated National Scenic Area and consists of 5 townships, the village of Achiltibuie being the best known. The community company is currently in the advanced stages of a Wind Turbine and Micro Hydro Scheme both of which should generate significant income for the community. The company were successful in acquiring an industrial workshop unit using the Community Right to Buy Legislation, few communities have purchased assets using the legislation, highlighting the pioneering attitude and capacity of the company.

For further information, visit https://ccdcompany.wordpress.com/

For further information and costs on our other tours, click on the links below.

Inner Moray Firth – 12th June
Moray – 12th June
Shetland – 12-13th June

For further information on the conference and trade show, click here

Moray Study Tour: 12th June

An opportunity to visit the beautiful area of Findhorn and Forres and see Findhorn Village Centre’s enterprising efforts which deliver valuable social impacts, engage with our vibrant artistic and cultural sector, enjoy some local food and drink and hear how the community is working together to maximise tourism opportunities.

Itinerary

  • 0930
    Depart Inverness
  • 1015
    Arrive Findhorn
  • 1030
    Bodysurf Scotland
  • 1105
    Coffee break at Moray Art Centre
  • 1140
    Findhorn Bay Arts Festival
  • 1215
    Findhorn Village Centre
  • 1300
    Lunch at Findhorn Village Centre
  • 1400
    Depart Findhorn. Arrive Forres
  • 1420
    Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) and Transition Town Forres
  • 1600
    Depart Forres
  • 1640
    Arrive Inverness

COST: £75+VAT*

* Cost based on a minimum of 16 participants per tour. If sufficient bookings are not met, participants will be offered the opportunity to join another day tour
To register participation in this study tour as part of the Social Enterprise Summit, click here

Social Enterprise Information

Bodysurf Scotland

Established dance artists Karl Jay-Lewin and Deborah Jay-Lewin launched Bodysurf Scotland in 2003, inspired by the coastal setting of Findhorn and the belief that the locally based arts facilities would provide the perfect venue from which to promote dance to local, national and international audiences. Bodysurf Scotland is based in the Universal Hall, part of the Findhorn Eco Village Community, known throughout the world as a major centre for personal/spiritual transformation and sustainable living. Bodysurf’s mission is to promote and produce bold and imaginative events and activities that offer people from across the globe to just down the road, the opportunity to experience dance.

For further information, visit http://www.bodysurfscotland.co.uk/

Moray Art Centre

Moray Art Centre, which opened in 2007, is a non-profit centre for the arts running an annual local and international programme of exhibitions, events, classes and art residencies. The environmentally built and designed Centre is situated in the unique landscape of Findhorn Bay. Internally the new Centre has been planned to be a vibrant and motivating environment which allows people to meet, discuss and generate a community of creativity. The Centre has three flexible, rentable classrooms, four individual artists’ studios, meeting and study areas, and a main hi-spec gallery.

For further information, visit http://www.morayartcentre.org/

Findhorn Bay Arts Festival

Findhorn Bay Arts (FBA) is a non-profit organisation that connects creativity, people and place by delivering accessible, high-quality arts projects and events that nurture and showcase the creativity of the Moray community and brings first class artists and arts productions to this rural area of Scotland. FBA produced its first Festival in September 2014, which was a 5-day extravaganza made possible with the support of over 300 volunteers and exceeded all expectations by drawing in 12,721 spectators. The Arts Festival placed local talent at the centre of the programme and allowed the local community to experience high quality, local work.

For further information, visit http://www.findhornbayarts.com/

Findhorn Village Centre

Findhorn Village Centre was constituted as a charity and company limited by guarantee in 2000 and currently operates the only hostel in Findhorn and the wider Forres area. The hostel was created from an old Victorian school and acquired from Moray Council in 2006. Since then, a Community Resource Centre has been added in a newly created building which adjoins the hostel. Profits from the hostel are used to enable the Resource Centre to improve the quality of life of the Findhorn village community and develop community spirit by providing services and enabling young people, senior citizens, disadvantaged groups and individuals to meet educational, recreational and developmental needs. Activities include theatre group, active kids club, after school and homework group, art group, yoga, pilates, coffee mornings and lunch clubs.

For further information, visit http://www.findhornvillagecentre.org.uk/

Forres Area Community Trust

Forres Area Community Trust (FACT) was established to work with local communities to take forward actions that will benefit the area. In response to the loss of RAF Kinloss, FACT was set up in September 2011 to promote the regeneration of the Forres area including Rafford, Dunphail, Brodie, Dallas, Kellas, Dyke, Findhorn, Logie, Kinloss and part of Alves, with the aim of bringing wide ranging social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits to the communities. The focus to date has been on town centre renewal, renewable energy, tourism opportunities and youth work.

For further information, visit http://forresarea.org/

Transition Town Forres

Transition Town Forres (TTF) was founded in 2008 and is part of the Transition Towns Movement. It is a volunteer led group working towards a sustainable low-carbon lifestyle, based in and around Forres. The main location is a 2-acres community garden located at Bogton Road, Forres, which consists of polytunnels, plant beds and an Environmental Education and Healthy Living Centre. TTF successfully delivered 5 ‘Healthy Eating’ pilot programmes with the aim of reducing obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The programmes were very successful and have led to TTF being part of an NHS partnership project with Moray Food Network, Elgin Youth Development Group and REAP, to continue delivering healthy eating and food growing classes. Current activity at the Centre is further supplemented by Change Fund monies to deliver health and wellbeing classes in partnership with the Classical Chinese Medicine Society.

For further information, visit https://transitiontownforres.wordpress.com/

For further information and costs on our other tours, click on the links below.

Inner Moray Firth – 12th June
Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross – 12th June
Shetland – 12-13th June

For further information on the conference and trade show, click here

Shetland Study Tour: 12-13th June

Itinerary

12th June

  • 0845
    Depart Inverness
  • 0840
    Arrive Inverness airport
  • 0955
    Flight departs
  • 1145
    Arrive Sumburgh. Transfer
  • 1215
    Arrive Shetland Amenity Trust
  • 1230
    Lunch at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
  • 1330
    Tour of Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve
  • 1530
    Depart Sumburgh. Arrive Mareel
  • 1600
    Shetland Arts Development Agency
  • 1745
    Check-in to accommodation (TBC)
  • 1830
    Tour of Shetland Museum
  • 1900
    Dinner - Hay’s Dock Cafe Restaurant
  • 2130
    Lerwick nightlife!

13th June

  • 0930
    Check-out and depart accommodation
  • 1030
    COPE Limited Tour (Business Park and Soap Shop)
  • 1230
    Depart Lerwick
  • 1300
    Lunch at Hoswick Centre And Cafe
  • 1400
    Depart Hoswick Cafe
  • 1430
    Arrive Sumburgh Airport
  • 1445
    Check-in
  • 1545
    Flight departs Sumburgh
  • 1650
    Arrive Inverness

Visit the Shetland Islands for the opportunity to experience the diverse wildlife, inspiring landscapes and coastlines of this remote location, and see how its social enterprise community is playing a key role in preserving and promoting the island’s distinctive cultural and natural heritage, and delivering social inclusion in the community.

COST: £500+VAT*

* Cost based on a minimum of 6 participants. If sufficient bookings are not met, participants will be offered the opportunity to join a day tour or advised of price increase to participate

To register participation in this study tour as part of the Social Enterprise Summit, click here

Social Enterprise Information

Shetland Amenity Trust

Shetland Amenity Trust’s (SAT) purpose is to champion and preserve Shetland’s cultural and natural heritage and promote greater public access to, and enjoyment of, the full heritage resources and services on the island. SAT operate a range of services and businesses from Geoparks to heritage conservation to glass recycling.

For further information, visit www.shetlandamenity.org/

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve
Shetland Amenity Trust own and fully restored Sumburgh Head lighthouse in 2014. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the work of SAT and tour this world class visitor attraction. The lighthouse was originally designed by Robert Stevenson and now includes a Marine Life Centre, accommodation and improved access to the areas rich natural heritage including Shetland’s famous Tammie Nories (Puffins).

For further information, visit www.sumburghhead.com/

Shetland Arts Development Agency

Shetland Arts Development Agency (SADA) is a charitable organisation established in 2006 to promote, develop and celebrate the distinctive art, culture and creativity of Shetland. It is responsible for carrying out the Shetland Islands Council’s arts strategy and is charged with providing a full range of arts development across a range of arts forms including film, drama, music, literature, dance, visual arts and crafts.

You will have the opportunity to tour Mareel, the UK’s northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre. Mareel is the creative hub for Shetland and the Highlands and Islands region with cutting edge facilities including a live performance auditorium, two cinema screens, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, education and training spaces, a digital media production suite, broadcast facilities and a café bar.

For further information, visit http://www.shetlandarts.org/

Shetland Museum

For further information, visit http://www.shetland-museum.org.uk/

Hay’s Dock Cafe Restaurant

For further information, visit http://www.haysdock.co.uk/

COPE Limited Tour (Business Park and Soap Shop)

A long established social enterprise at the forefront of social inclusion, whose primary purpose is to provide employment and training opportunities for adults with learning difficulties.

The tour will include a visit to its range of businesses, which include a catering company, garden centre, home store and the highly successfully Shetland Soap Company – the most northerly retailer of its type in the UK.

For further information, visit http://www.cope.ltd.uk/

Hoswick Centre And Cafe

Community run heritage centre and cafe

For further information, visit http://www.shetlandheritageassociation.com/members/south-mainland/hoswick-visitor-centre

For further information and costs on our other tours, click on the links below.

Inner Moray Firth – 12th June
Moray – 12th June
Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross – 12th June

For further information on the conference and trade show, click here

Venue Information

The Social Enterprise Summit will take place at the Kingsmills Hotel in Inverness on 10-11th June. Please view map, direction and further venue details below.

Address: Culcabock Road, Inverness, Highland IV2 3LP
Tel: +44 (0)1463 237166
Website: www.kingsmillshotel.com

 

Alternative accommodation suggestions

Craigmonie Hotel & Lesiure
9 Annfield Road, Inverness, IV2 3HX
Tel: 01463 231649

http://www.craigmoniehotelinverness.co.uk/
The Glen Mhor Hotel
9-15 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SG
Tel: 01463 234 308

http://www.theinvernesshotel.co.uk/
Glenmoriston Town House
20 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SF
Tel: 01463 223777

http://www.glenmoristontownhouse.com/

Social Enterprise Exchange

This year the Social Enterprise Exchange goes rural for the first time and is free for all to attend. The trade show provides an arena for social enterprises in the Highlands and Islands to showcase their products and services to potential buyers.

Public, private and third sector organisations/bodies will be invited to the Exchange to discover the potential and capacity within the rural social enterprise sector to meet business supply needs.

To find out more about the ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions, click here

For further information on our exhibitors, click here

To register for the conference and trade show, click here

Exhibitor Profiles

Airdrie Savings Bank

Airdrie Savings Bank remains as Britain’s only Independent Savings Bank. As we have no shareholders, any profits made are available for the reinvestment for the benefit of customers.
We offer a full range of products which include mortgages, business loans, internet banking and our Anchor Account which are savings accounts tailored for Third Sector organisations and members.

For further information, visit www.airdriesavingsbank.net

Argyll and The Isles Tourism Cooperative Ltd

Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative was set up in 2012 as an umbrella consortium to bring together the many local marketing groups and tourism associations operating within the region and drive forward tourism growth. Argyll is geographically disparate so the early priorities for the consortium cooperative has been to create an umbrella brand and identity for the region and improve communication and engagement within the sector. AITC has widespread support from agency and industry partners and is now directly focused on capacity building with members and strategic marketing and promotion.

For further information, visit www.exploreargyll.co.uk

Facebook: ArgyllAndTheIslesTourism

Twitter: @Argyll_IslesLtd

Argyll Food Producers

Argyll Food Producers is a co-operative organisation (trading as Food from Argyll).  It aims to raise the profile of Argyll and the Isles as a good food producer area and a good food destination, creating greater market opportunities for its members to assist their financial growth and business development.

For further information, visit  www.foodfromargyll.com/

Facebook: FoodFromArgyll

Twitter: @FoodFromArgyll

Big Issue Invest Scotland

Big Issue Invest Scotland (BIIS) is a new joint venture between Big Issue Invest and DSL Business Finance. The new venture was established to provide social investment and loan finance to social enterprises, social ventures and third sector organisations in Scotland.

For further information, visit www.bigissueinvestscotland.com

 

Calman Trust

Calman Trust operates a series of social enterprises, where young people aged 16-25 develop the skills for work by participating in all operational areas, covering all duties.  The busy Cafe Artysans in Inverness city centre is one of these enterprises, serving concurrently as business and accredited learning centre, and delivering a fine balance of high quality service to customers, learning and employment opportunities for young people and income to sustain this work going forward. For further information, visit www.calman.org

Facebook: CalmanTrustLtd

Twitter: @calmantrust

Cafe Artysans

Facebook: Artysans-Café

Twitter: @artysans

Ness Soap

Facebook: NessSoap

Twitter: @nesssoap

Charity Bank

Charity Bank’s unique mission is to use savers’ money to provide loans exclusively to support charities and social enterprises across all sectors including: health, social care, housing, regeneration, environment, renewable energy, faith, education, youth, sports, community, heritage and the arts. Loans from £50,000 to £3.0 million, secured and unsecured, up to 25 years.

For further information, visit www.charitybank.org

 

Citizens Online

Citizens Online is a national charity that tackles the issues of digital inclusion, making sure that the Internet is available to everybody and to help individuals and communities understand and gain the benefits of being online. We offer a powerful approach to digital inclusion that is sustainable and scalable.

For further information, visit www.citizensonline.org.uk

Columba 1400

Columba 1400’s purpose is to support the hardest to reach young people find positive destinations remains undiminished.  As we approach our 15th anniversary in June, a recent
Glasgow University report has evidenced the transformational impact of our work. Our inspiring centre in Staffin comfortably combines residential programmes with a highly successful cafe and restaurant which gets busier every year.

For further information, visit www.Columba1400.com

Facebook: Columba-1400
Twitter: Columba1400

Comar

Comar was borne from the uniting of two of Scotland’s independent creative forces – An Tobar and Mull Theatre.

Comar builds upon the legacy of these two renowned institutions, widening the ambition and resources for artists while distilling a more meaningful experience for audiences.

For further information, visit www.comar.co.uk

Community Energy Scotland

Community Energy Scotland is Scotland’s only national member-based social enterprise dedicated to supporting communities develop sustainable energy projects. We help communities develop and manage energy projects, creating long-term revenue and social benefit. We lead in the creation of Local Energy Economies, supporting community energy at the cutting edge of innovation.

For further information, visit www.communityenergyscotland.org.uk

Cope Ltd

Cope Ltd is a well-established and successful social enterprise that has been operating in the Shetland Isles for 16 years.
It has a strong social purpose supporting the development of
employment skills for people with learning disabilities in Shetland. Cope Ltd comprises of 5 main business hubs, The Shetland Soap Company, The Orkney Soap Company, The Shetland Home Company, The Shetland Garden Company and The Shetland Kitchen Company. Through these hubs, we offer adults with learning disabilities focused skill development opportunities with the aim to assist them to have opportunities to advance in to employment with mainstream employers.

For further information, visit www.cope.ltd.uk

Facebook:

Shetland-Kitchen-Co

shetlandgardenco

Shetland-Home-Company

shetlandsoap

Orkney-Soap

Twitter: @copeltd

Earthtime

Earthtime is an Outdoor Educational Organisation focusing on working with young families in Moray with children aged 1 – 8 years. Through a range of nature based activities Earthtime aim to increase confidence and self-esteem, build stronger family relationships and promote the health benefits and learning opportunities of being outdoors in the local environment.

For further information, visit www.earthtime.co.uk

Facebook: loveearthtime

Twitter: @loveearthtime

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema

Eden Court has two theatres, two state-of-the-art cinemas and we present a wide ranging and varied programme of live performances and films as well as providing the largest programme of creative learning of any UK theatre.  As well as this, our CREATIVE team offer a variety of business support services including, creating promo show reels, event filming, video conferencing and public speaking training.

For further information, visit www.eden-court.co.uk

Facebook: edencourttheatre

Twitter: @edencourt

Fèisean nan Gàidheal

Fèisean nan Gàidheal supports 46 Fèisean (festivals) across Scotland that offer tuition in traditional Gaelic arts to around 6,000 young people annually. The organisation also runs the annual Blas Festival, organises traditional music tuition in all Highland schools and runs the Fèisgoil Gaelic language and arts in education service.

For further information, visit www.feisean.org/en

Haven Products

Haven’s 4 sites offer high quality services to businesses with contract packing, inspection rework, secure storage, printing, mailing, WEEE recycle, textiles, document scanning and signage needs. As a company we are committed to providing sustainable employment & development opportunities for disabled people.

For further information, visit www.havenproducts.co.uk

HiDigital

HiDigital support small to medium sized enterprises across all sectors to make the most of digital opportunities.  Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Business Gateway will be at the SES on day 2 to provide information about support, advice, workshops and new funding now available.

For further information, visit: www.hie.co.uk/digital

Highland Third Sector Interface

The Highland Third Sector Interface was formed in 2012. Our Mission is to ensure that the Third Sector in Highlands is strong, developing and a valued community and regional asset. We work with eight partners to deliver specifically on the development of Volunteering, Social Enterprise, third sector capacity and its relationship with community planning.

For further information, visit www.highlandtsi.org.uk

Highlands & Islands Business Finance

Highlands & Islands Business Finance Ltd provide loans to businesses who cannot access funding from more traditional sources.  Our aim is to support new and existing businesses, allowing them to grow.  This will create and retain employment in communities across the North of Scotland.

For further information, visit www.hibf.co.uk

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

At Highlands and Islands Enterprise, we support ambitious businesses, social enterprises and communities whose vision, skills and hard work can help the Highlands and Islands achieve sustainable growth.  Through our network of teams across the region, from Shetland to Argyll and from the Outer Hebrides to Moray, we are helping social enterprises, communities and businesses to become more productive, innovative and resilient.

For further information, visit www.hie.co.uk

High Life Highland

High Life Highland is a charity registered in Scotland, formed in October 2011, to develop and promote opportunities in culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing.

We deliver a wide range of cultural, sporting, leisure, learning and health and wellbeing initiatives and projects across 9 services throughout the whole of the Highlands, for both residents and visitors.

For further information, visit www.highlifehighland.com

Facebook: hlhsocial
Twitter: @hlhsocial

Just Enterprise

Supported by Scottish Government, Just Enterprise offers business consultancy, start-up advice and leadership and learning events to help social enterprises and budding social entrepreneurs achieve their trading ambitions. Now in its 5th year, Just Enterprise is a brand recognised for business expertise with over 6,000 recipients of its support services.

For further information, visit www.justenterprise.org

Knockando Wool Mill

Knockando Woolmill has been manufacturing tweeds and blankets on the banks of the Knockando Burn since 1784. Visitors can view the Victorian textile machinery being operated, take full advantage of our interactive Visitor Centre, sample our locally sourced produce in the Cafe and admire our woven goods in our wee shop.

For further information, visit www.knockandowoolmill.co.uk

Lochbroom Woodfuels

Lochbroom Woodfuels is an award winning community-owned social enterprise.  It was started in 2012 in response to the community’s concerns regarding high fuel prices and a paucity of local opportunities for young people. We source timber from local forests, process it into firewood and deliver woodfuels throughout the area.  We also create high-quality work experience, training and employment for young people.

For further information, visit www.lochbroomwoodfuels.com

Facebook:  LochbroomWoodfuelsLtd

Twitter:  @LWoodfuels

Microsoft

Microsoft will join the HiDigital team to provide information about software donations for UK Charities. Microsoft now offer Office 365 as a donation to eligible charities in the UK and donate software via the Technology Trust Exchange. This scheme has donated software to more than 12,000 charities since 2006. Not all charities are eligible, but many are. There are some limitations and administration charges. Microsoft is will be at SES on day 2 to answer questions.

For further information, visit:

Technology Exchange: http://www.ctxchange.org/

Office 365 for charities: http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/non-profit/office-365-for-nonprofits-FX104085114.aspx

Moray Reach Out: In Stitches

Moray Reach Out has four projects offering 100 placements a week for adults with learning disabilities at two craft shops and two recycling centres. In Stitches offers up to 25 training places per week and a friendly, local embroidery service offering personalised gifts, workwear and leisurewear including digitisation of logos.

For further information, visit www.morayreachout.org.uk

New Start Highland

New Start Highland is a dynamic organisation creating opportunities for people to make positive changes to their lives and reduce poverty in the Highlands. This life changing work is delivered through a blend of Housing Support, Employability Training and Furniture Provision. New Start Commercial Services, the trading subsidiary, contributes to this work through investing 100% of its profits in New Start Highland.

For further information, visit www.newstarthighland.org

Out of the Darkness Theatre Company

Out of the Darkness Theatre Company (ODTC) is a professional theatre company who create and perform an inclusive and engaging programme of theatre and training as well as providing opportunities for people with learning disabilities to be involved in performing arts activities including technical, stage support and performance.

For further information, visit www.odtheatre.org.uk

Outfit Moray

Transforms the lives of young people, their families and communities: building self-confidence, growing self-esteem, encouraging life skills and improving health. We take a holistic approach to developing potential, using outdoor learning & adventure to build trust, to challenge and to provide focus: valuing courage, compassion, patience, perseverance and integrity. We encourage risk awareness and positive risk taking, teamwork and a selfless approach to others. It is our aim to increase happiness & improve well-being, encourage resourcefulness and create a sense of purpose in life.

For further information, visit www.outfitmoray.com

Ready for Business

Ready for Business is delivering the Scottish Government funded Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme. The programme objectives are to increase engagement between the public sector and the third sector by promoting social value in procurement, increasing the usage of Community Benefit Clauses and supporting adoption of the Public Social Partnership model.

For further information, visit www.readyforbusiness.org

ReBOOT Recycling

ReBOOT aim to preserve and protect the environment for the benefit of the community by re-using and recycling IT materials.
We raise awareness of environmental issues in Information and Communication Technology through local and national partnerships and by commitment to good practice.

For further information, visit www.reboot-forres.co.uk

Facebook: ReBOOTForres

Twitter: @ReBOOT_Forres

SCRT

SCRT is a new Scottish financial venture with the aim of pooling the collective resources of the third sector in order to serve the sector’s own investment needs via a philosophy of mutuality and to bring forward suitable financial products and services. The first of which is the Anchor Account.

For further information, visit www.scrt.scot

Seaboard Memorial Hall

The Seaboard Centre is a multi-functional community building providing many different services and facilities for the community and visitors alike. The Centre is an integral part of the Seaboard Villages with a busy café and a progressive comprehensive events venue.

For further information, visit www.seaboardcentre.com

Senscot Legal

Senscot Legal Ltd is a social enterprise providing affordable high quality legal services for social enterprises and the third sector in Scotland. Areas of law include governance, company formation, employment law, contracts, dispute resolution and intellectual property issues.

For further information, visit www.se-legal.net

Social Enterprise Academy: HI-Enterprise in Education

Our schools programme is aimed at supporting young people to discover their entrepreneurial and employability skills, and introduces them to social enterprise as a way of doing business. We help with every step, from getting the initial ideas together to developing business plans and launching the enterprise.

For further information, visit www.socialenterprise.academy/scot

Social Enterprise Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland is The Voice of Social Enterprise – uniting social enterprises and their supporters into a strong campaigning force. We’re your gateway to Scotland’s social enterprise community! We’re an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. Membership is open to anyone.

For further information, visit www.socialenterprisescotland.org.uk/join

Social Investment Scotland

Social Investment Scotland (SIS) is a registered Charity and Social Enterprise which provides business loans to other charities and social enterprises. SIS aims to support the creation and growth of charities, community organisations and social enterprises that have the capability to make sustainable social impacts.

For further information, visit www.socialinvestmentscotland.com

Social Value Lab

Social Value Lab is a Glasgow-based agency that specialises in research, strategy and communications support for charities and social enterprises. It helps organisations to gain insights, transform services, make their case and extend their influence. It fields a large team of social researchers, service designers, consultants and evaluators.

For further information, visit www.socialvaluelab.org.uk

Stramash

Using the many and varied outdoor environments of Scotland, Stramash makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of our children and young
people, while at the same time developing understanding and stewardship of these environments. Stramash connects people with the outdoors. Stramash inspires life through the outdoors.

For further information, visit www.stramash.org.uk/

Facebook: stramashoutdoors

Vimeo: stramashoutdoor

Twitter: @stramashoutdoor

The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust

Making affordable rural homes a reality: by working with communities, individuals and businesses to provide flexible and bespoke solutions.  The Highlands Small Communities Housing Trust offers a wide range of services including housing needs assessment, community engagement and project planning, to enhance the social and economic viability of our communities.

For further information, visit www.hscht.co.uk

The Libertie Project

We handcraft bespoke ceramic and glass products for retail, tourism and trade, offer community craft classes and craft activities at community events.

 

Working with the most disadvantaged individuals who don’t suit mainstream services we nurture creative talent in traditional crafts and unlock potential through pre-employability and digital champion training.

For further information, visit www.libertie.biz

tsiMoray

tsiMORAY brings together and supports the third sector, enabling its full participation in the sustainable development of Moray. tsiMORAY increases the understanding of the work of social enterprises, raising awareness of the added value that social enterprise brings, encouraging an increase in trading activity and business development

For further information, visit www.tsimoray.org.uk

Venture Mòr

Venture Mòr is based in Applecross, Wester Ross, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venture Trust.  The organisation comprises: an outdoor activity company providing adventure holidays across the Highlands and leadership development in Scotland; a large hub in the form of Hartfield House affiliate youth hostel and event space; and a pledge to provide a springboard into the world of work for disadvantaged young adults.

For further information visit www.venturemor.co.uk

Facebook: Venture M­òr

Twitter: @Venture_Mor

Exhibitor Floorplan

exhibitor-floorplan

1 Comar
2 Stramash
3 The Highlands Small Communities Highland Trust
4 Community Energy
5 Seaboard Memorial
6 Out of the Darkness Theatre Company
7 Calman Trust
8 Ready for Business
9 Social Value Lab
10 Lochbroom Woodfuels
11 ReBOOT Recycling
12 Outfit Moray / Earthtime
13 Columba 1400
14 Highlife Highland
15 Knockando Wool Mill
16 Haven Products
17 Just Enterprise
18 Fèisean nan Gàidheal
19 Social Enterprise Academy: HI Enterprise in Education
20 Social Enterprise Academy: HI Enterprise in Education
21 Moray Reach Out: In Stitches
22 New Start Highland
23 Venture Mòr
24 Eden Court Theatre & Cinema
25 Social Enterprise Scotland
26 Food from Argyll / Argyll & the Isles Tourism
27 tsi Moray
28 COPE Ltd
29 Highland Third Sector Interface
30 Senscot Legal
31 Highlands & Islands Business Finance Ltd
32 Highlands and Islands Enterprises
33 SCRT
34 Airdrie Savings Bank
35 Big Issue Invest Scotland
36 Charity Bank
37 Social Investment Scotland
38 Citizen’s Online
39 HIDigital
40 Microsoft

 

For further information on our exhibitors, click here

To register your attendance at the conference and trade show, click here

Exhibition Packages

This year the Social Enterprise Exchange goes rural for the first time, providing an arena for companies to showcase their products and services to public, private, third sector organisations/bodies and other interested parties.

There will also be an opportunity to attend ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions throughout the day to hear about potential supply chain opportunities available to social enterprises in public and private sector organisations.

Package details

  • 3x1m exhibition stand
    • Light
    • Power socket
    • Name board
    • Table and 2 chairs
    • Packed lunch provided for two representatives by local social enterprise
  • Profile to be included in Social Enterprise Summit programme
  • Company profile included on event website

To register your interest as an exhibitor, email eventmanagement@socialenterprisesummit.org.uk

Exhibitors also have the opportunity to purchase passes to attend the Social Enterprise Summit conference on 10th June.

Costs for the event are outlined below. All costs are subject to VAT.

  • 10th June Conference
    11th June Trade Show and ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions
    12th June Study Tour (Inner Moray Firth)
    12th June Study Tour (Moray)
    12th June Study Tour (Lochaber, Skye And Wester Ross)
    12-13th June Study Tour (Shetland)
  • Social enterprise exhibitor
    £75
    £99
    £65
    £75
    £75
    £500
  • Non-social enterprise exhibitor
    £75
    £299
    £65
    £75
    £75
    £500
  • Corporate exhibitor
    £75
    £499
    £65
    £75
    £75
    £500
  • Social enterprise exhibitor
    10th June Conference
    £75
    11th June Trade show and ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions
    £99
    12th June Study tour (Inner Moray Firth)
    £65
    12th June Study tour (Moray)
    £75
    12th June Study tour (Lochaber, Skye And Wester Ross)
    £75
    12-13th June Study tour (Shetland)
    £500
  • Non-social enterprise exhibitor
    10th June Conference
    £75
    11th June Trade show and ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions
    £299
    12th June Study tour (Inner Moray Firth)
    £65
    12th June Study tour (Moray)
    £75
    12th June Study tour (Lochaber, Skye And Wester Ross)
    £75
    12-13th June Study tour (Shetland)
    £500
  • Corporate exhibitor
    10th June Conference
    £75
    11th June Trade show and ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions
    £499
    12th June Study tour (Inner Moray Firth)
    £65
    12th June Study tour (Moray)
    £75
    12th June Study tour (Lochaber, Skye And Wester Ross)
    £75
    12-13th June Study tour (Shetland)
    £500

For further information on current exhibitors, click here

To register as a delegate for the conference, trade show and study tours, click here

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