Category Archives: social enterprise

What to do when setting up a social enterprise

On Friday, I attended my last Big Lottery event… ever!  Strive (a support network for social enterprises in East Lothian) held their quarterly network meeting. I couldn’t think of a better event to bring my Big Lottery outreach adventures to an end.

The network is full of inspiring social entrepreneurs looking to make a difference. It’s one of the most enthusiastic, supportive and positive member networks I’ve came across.

Setting up a social enterprise is a marvelous concept.  Passionate people who want to give back and do good tend to go down this route.  Social enterprises operate as a business.  However, any profits made are reinvested back into the organisation to support the people/communities they are helping.

Epic social enterprise example:

Social Bite-

Support networks 

If you’re thinking of setting up a social enterprise, there are many organisations out there to support you. Here’s a few to get you started (East Lothian) (Scotland wide) (Scotland wide) (Scotland wide) (apply to take part in a start up business programme) (Scotland wide)


You can apply to Awards For All for start up costs, which includes running costs for the first year of your organisation:

Firstport also provide funding opportunities along with advice and business support:

Funding Scotland offers an array of funding opportunities in Scotland:

It can be a lonely and isolating process when you start a business.  Get yourself connected, both on and offline, and make sure you surround yourself with people who will always support you.

Happy social enterprising!