Social Enterprise Support and Information

Social Enterprises are a vital part of life in the Highlands, they operate by selling goods and/or services, the surplus from which they invest in the organisation or local community.

Along with support from Skye and Lochalhs CVO there are a number of specialist support organisations for Social Enterprise operations. ​

Scottish Government website

Here you will find information about Scotland’s Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026. The 2017-2020 action plan Building a sustainable social enterprise sector in Scotland and he 2017 Social Enterprise Census.

Social Enterprise Academy

The Social Enterprise Academy deliver the Social Enterprise Education programme as well as local learning and development to the third sector in leadership, social impact, enterprise and learning.

Business Gateway
Highlands and Islands Enterprise

HIE is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency. They support the growth and diversification of social enterprise, they offer a diverse range of resources, opportunities and skills to support community growth and have a number of innovative programmes that support business growth.

Business Gateway provide support to all types of business. They offer a wide range of free practical advice and support on how to start up and develop a business including on-line resources, 1:1 local advice and training.

Social Firms Scotland

Social Firms Scotland the national support body for social enterprises whose social mission is to create opportunities for people disadvantaged in the labour market


Senscot is an organisation that supports local and national networks and social entrepreneurs

Social Enterprise Scotland

Social Enterprise Scotland an independent membership organisation that promotes and campaigns on behalf of all social enterprises in Scotland

First Port

Firstport which provides support to new and emerging social entrepreneurs to set up and run a business with a social or environmental purpose. Since 2009, the Scottish Government have provided Firstport with £5m in order to deliver the Social Entrepreneurs Fund