Useful Links

Assist Social Capital –  a critical resource for community wellbeing and resilience. When resources are scarce and competition growing, social capital offers a way to make normally intangible resources visible and manageable.

Business Gateway – offers practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland.

Business Know How North East – part of a wider national programme to forge productive third – private sector exchange.  A partnership between: Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce; ACVO, The Third Sector Interface for Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, The Third Sector Interface for Aberdeenshire; The Royal Bank of Scotland.

CEIS (Supporting Enterprises and Communities) - providing training, support and finance for community businesses supporting community needs by managing loan funds, issuing development grants, supporting women in business and providing enterprise support.

Community Business Scotland - aims to promote, encourage and support the principles and practice of community owned and controlled enterprises, enabling local communities to become more self reliant and sustainable.

Co-operative Development Scotland – supports the growth of co-operative enterprises in Scotland, from developing consortia to employee buyouts.

CTX (Charity Technology Exchange) – offers donated technology products from Partners such as Microsoft, Symantec and Cisco to eligible UK Registered Charities and Charitable Housing Associations.

DTA Scotland – the national body for development trusts in Scotland.

Evaluation Support Scotland – works with voluntary organisations so they can measure the impact of their work. They provide practical support and access to resources and tools.

First Port – Advice and funding opportunities for new start social entrepreneurs in Scotland.  Providing money and support for individuals with enterprising ideas that will benefit people and communities.

Green Homes Network – Find out first hand how different renewables systems run in real homes; hear about actual costs and savings; and get tips and advice that could help you on your way.

HIE – the Highlands and Islands Enterprise website has a number of very useful resources including information to help existing businesses improve and develop. There is also some useful material for recently started businesses.

HISEZ – Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone aims to support the growth of a dynamic and sustainable social enterprise sector.

Just Enterprise Consortium (CEIS, Firstport, HISEZ, Social Enterprise Academy) – provides business support, start-up, procurement and learning.  It is supported by the Scottish Government, assisting social enterprises who show the greatest potential to grow and develop sustainably – that could be in terms of income, employment or contracts secured.

Public Contracts Scotland – Find details of contracts with Scottish Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government, Agencies and NDPBs, Higher and Further Education and Emergency Services by browsing the available contracts.

Rural Direct Scotland – aims to connect rural Scotland in all its diversity to promote economic growth and community development.

Scotland UnLtd – invests both finance and development support in individuals and entrepreneurial solutions to social problems

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations – SCVO is a major organiser of training courses for the voluntary sector in Scotland whose courses cover a broad range of topics including IT, organisational governance, personal development and capacity building.

Scottish Investment Fund – Aims to build capacity, capability and financial sustainability in the third sector.

Senscot – a national networking organisation which aims to develop the social enterprise sector.

Social Audit Network – lists the approved social auditors, resident and practising in the UK. Over 1,400 people receive the free monthly SAN circular which the sharing of information promotes contact with other practitioners.

Social Enterprise Academy – an ILM accredited institution which aims to deliver programmes for the social economy and community regeneration sector.

Social Firms Scotland- aims to grow the social firm sector in Scotland in order to increase employment opportunities for severely disadvantaged people.

Social Enterprise Scotland – aims to support members, influence policy and promote best practice.

Social Enterprise UK – the national body for social enterprise

SROI UK – the UK network for Social Return on Investment.

Supplier Development Programme – established to offer small businesses the opportunity to grow and diversify through procurement of contracts from both public and private sectors. Now available free of charge to all trading third sector organisations and social enterprises across Scotland.

Voluntary Action Moray –  Moray’s one-stop-shop (based in Elgin) for voluntary sector information and services.  Provide all kinds of information, from coordination, insurance, basic book-keeping advice, to administration, legal and funding advice – in fact, anything and everything needed to start and maintain your voluntary organisation!

Volunteer Centre Moray – Support voluntary groups and organisations to find suitable volunteers. Support volunteers and assist identify local opportunities.

Other Social Enterprise Networks in Scotland include Argyll & Bute, East Lothian and Edinburgh also come together to exchange information and best practice.