Social Enterprises


Evidence Session on Social Enterprises

The Committee agreed to hold a roundtable evidence session with a cross-section of social entrepreneurs to explore key issues affecting social enterprises.

"Social enterprises are innovative, independent businesses that exist to deliver a specific social and/or environmental mission." (Social Enterprise Scotland 2014)

For more information on social enterprises, read:


Alastair Davis, Chief Executive, Social Investment Scotland
Ewan Fraser, Board Member, Social Enterprise Scotland & Chief Executive, Dunedin Canmore
Karen McGregor, Chief Executive, Firstport
Neil McLean, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise Academy
Andrew Nixseaman, Assistant Chief Executive, Calman Trust
Duncan Osler, Chair, Social Enterprise Scotland
Fiona Pearson, Network Co-ordinator, West Lothian Social Enterprise Network (WLSEN)
Brian Weaver, Chief Executive, Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ) 

Additional Information

A roundtable evidence session with social entrepreneurs took place on Wednesday 6 August 2014 and the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government asking for an update on policies in support of social enterprises.

The Committee sent the following letter to the Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism on 12 August 2014:

The Committee received the following reply to its letter of 12 August 2014 from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth:


For further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 5207 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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