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Senscot Senscot works to ensure that social enterprises in Scotland have the support they need to deliver positive outcomes in their communities. Its main activities involve informing; connecting; and developing our social enterprise community.
Social Firms Scotland Social Firms Scotland's mission as a national support agency remains focused and ambitious for Social Firms and their people. The services it provides often involve collaboration with a diverse number of partners from all sectors, and it welcomes every opportunity to establish an environment in which its members can develop and grow.
Scottish Community Alliance Scottish Community Alliance member networks engage with over 2000 community based organisations and enterprises located the length and breadth of Scotland.
Co-operative Development Scotland Co-operative Development Scotland supports company growth in Scotland through co-ownership and collaborative business models. CDS offers advice to help you choose and implement the best co-operative business model for your organisation or community.
Supplier Development Programme SDP is a partnership of local authorities, Scottish Government and other public bodies working together to bring your business support in all aspects of tendering. It delivers this support through training and events which are all listed on the SDP Events Calendar. Once your business is registered you can access all of the support for free.
Just Enterprise Just Enterprise is a training programme designed to help social enterprises and budding Social entrepreneurs achieve their trading ambitions. Supported by the Scottish Government, Just Enterprise is committed to the growth and sustainability of Scotland's third sector and its start up, business support, business recovery, procurement, leadership and learning services are available to help you succeed.
Senscot Legal Senscot Legal has been established as a social enterprise to provide high quality, affordable legal advice and support to Social Enterprises; Charities; Community and Voluntary organisations; Community housing associations and everyone in between – from small community groups to organisations that operate at a national level.
Social Enterprise Scotland Social Enterprise Scotland is an independent, Scottish, membership-led organisation, built and controlled by social enterprises. It is the first point of contact for the media and public and promotes a positive vision for social enterprise.
Voluntary Action Scotland Voluntary Action Scotland is a membership organisation and each Third Sector Interface in the network can be a member of the organisation – all 32 Interfaces are members.
Scottish Government - Public Sector Procurement The Scottish Government Public Procurement pages contains a range of information, new and updates in relation to public procurement in Scotland.
Public Contracts Scotland Public Contracts Scotland is the national advertising website for public sector procurement in Scotland.
Ready for Business The Developing Markets for Third Sector Providers programme is delivered by the Ready for Business consortium, led by Ready for Business Procurement LLP, a partnership involving leading support providers to the Third Sector and Public Sector in Scotland – CEIS, Social Firms Scotland, and Senscot. Ready for Business has significant experience in supporting the development of partnerships. As a result, it provides guidance and support to the public sector throughout the creation, development and management of Public Social Partnerships.
Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) The Development Trusts Association Scotland is the national body for development trusts in Scotland, supporting you to unlock the potential within your community.
Scotland Excel Scotland Excel is the Centre of Procurement Expertise for the local government sector. Established in 2008, it is a leading non-profit shared service funded by Scotland’s 32 local authorities. Its £968m contract portfolio supports the delivery of social care, construction, roads, transport, environment, corporate, education and ICT services.
Social Enterprise Academy Learning and development programmes for people and organisations enabling social change focusing on leadership, enterprise and personal development.