Become a Member

Cris Hellawell, Edinburgh Tool Library
Photo: Chris Hellawell, Edinburgh Tool Library

Formed in 2008 as a peer support network, ESE has grown to become one of the largest local Social Enterprise networks in Scotland. Alongside the continuing role of peer support we actively work with all organisations exploring Social Enterprise as a business model as well as providing business support, advice and training and promotional and marketing opportunities for members.

We also represent the ever widening Social Enterprise Community at a local and regional level. Working in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council and appropriate regional and national partners and statutory organisations, our aim is always to ensure that the social and economic benefits of the sector and our members organisations are fully understood.

Our membership categories are outlined below, however if you’re unsure which is most appropriate for you and your organisation please email: info@edinburghsocialenterprise.co.uk and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

Full Member

For organisations who are based in or trading in Edinburgh and meet all elements of the Social Enterprise code including having a minimum of three unrelated directors.

Membership Benefits

  • Membership of the Company with full voting rights
  • Representation of ESE members in local, regional and national meetings and events
  • Support for your organisation from network staff, partners and other social entrepreneurs
  • Opportunities to establish new connections across the public, private and third sector
  • Free regular network meetings and events
  • Discounted training events
  • Entry in ESE’s online directory including logo, photograph and web link
  • Promotion of your social enterprise through ESE’s website, newsletter and social media
  • Unique ESE network branding for use on letterheads and websites
  • Full access to and use of ESE’s social enterprise brand: Buy the Good Stuff, logos and merchandise
  • Access to ESE’s expertise as a B2B broker for your products and services
  • Exclusive promotional opportunities, including Scotland’s Festival of Social Enterprise and our dedicated Geotourist App
  • Opportunities for stalls at pop up markets and other events
  • Opportunities to host and participate in Social Enterprise study tours
  • No annual fee

Membership requirements

To meet the requirements for full membership you must provide satisfactory evidence to the ESE management committee that you/your organisation:

** Organisations structured as CIC’s should meet the Code requirement for a minimum of three (unrelated) directors.

Associate Member

Open to incorporated organisations who operate to provide social benefit or return in Edinburgh but may not fully comply with the Social Enterprise code.

Membership Benefits

  • Membership of the network
  • Representation of ESE’s members in local, regional and national meetings and events
  • Support for your organisation from network staff, partners and other social entrepreneurs
  • Opportunities to establish new connections across the public, private and third sector
  • Free regular network meetings and events
  • Discounted training events
  • Entry in ESE’s online directory, including logo, photograph and website link
  • Promotion of your social enterprise through ESE’s website, newsletter and social media
  • Unique ESE network branding for use on letterheads and websites
  • Full access to and use of ESE’s social enterprise brand: Buy the Good Stuff, logos and merchandise
  • Access to ESE’s expertise as a B2B broker for your products and services
  • Exclusive promotional opportunities including Scotland’s Festival of Social Enterprise* and our dedicated Geotourist App
  • Opportunities for stalls at pop up markets* and other events
  • Opportunities to host and participate in Social Enterprise study tours

*Organisations limited by shares where their shares are not asset locked may not be able to participate in all markets or events.

Membership requirements

To meet the requirements for associate membership you must provide satisfactory evidence to the ESE management committee that you/your organisation;

New & Aspiring Member

For organisations who are new to the Social Enterprise community but operate to provide social benefit or return and seek to become social enterprises including unincorporated voluntary organisations.

Membership Benefits

  • Support for your organisation from network staff, partners and other social entrepreneurs
  • Introductions and referrals to appropriate partners and intermediaries
  • Opportunities to establish new connections across the public, private and third sector
  • Free regular network meetings and events
  • Discounted training events
  • A limited entry in ESE’s online directory with website link where appropriate**
  • Promotion through ESE’s communication channels when appropriate
  • No annual fee

**applicable only to organisations actively trading with an appropriate legal identity

Membership requirements

To meet the requirements for new and aspiring membership you must provide satisfactory evidence to the ESE management committee that you/your organisation:

  • Has a governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules
  • Has a clear, written statement of purpose that demonstrates social or environmental benefit
  • Can provide an independent referee such as a funder or partner willing to support your application
  • Agrees to abide by the ESE members code of conduct

This category of membership is normally awarded for an initial period of two years but will be reviewed annually.

Youth/Student Member

For individuals who are at school, college or university who may be involved with Social Enterprise within their institution or may want to be involved with Social Enterprise in the future.

Membership Benefits

  • Invitations to appropriate network meetings and events
  • Participation in events by invitation
  • Attendance at appropriate training events by invitation
  • No annual fee

Membership requirements

To be eligible for student or youth membership you should be able to provide evidence that you’re:

  • In full or part time education in a school, college or university within Edinburgh
  • Involved in social enterprise activity through your school, college or university
  • Have parental consent if under age 16
  • This form of membership may be appropriate for groups of students involved in setting up a Social Enterprise project.

Please get in touch to find out more.

SE Partner

We work widely with organisations across the private and public sector who aren’t Social Enterprises but actively wish to support and promote the Social Enterprise community and Social Enterprise in Edinburgh.

Our Social Enterprise partners have access to our specialist knowledge and expertise; access to social enterprise supply chains; opportunities to co-host and jointly brand events; promotion of their opportunities through our media and the opportunity to invite their clients to network events.

Becoming a Social Enterprise Partner with the network will also assist organisations in accessing meaningful CSR opportunities. Through our unique partnership logo and branding, there is also public recognition that your organisation supports Social Enterprise.

All applications for SE partnership status are individually assessed and fees are by agreement. Please contact our CEO, Claire Pattullo to discuss this opportunity further.

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