Social Enterprise in Edinburgh. Read about the phenomenal growth in the sector and see all the facts and figures in our latest Social Impact report
Edinburgh Social Enterprise - our vision and mission
Social Enterprise is central to delivering social and economic change in Edinburgh.
Creating opportunities for Edinburgh’s Social Enterprise community to develop and thrive, recognising its positive impact on society and the local community.
Through this vision and mission, we will continue to:
- Increase recognition of the contribution of social enterprise to local and national strategic priorities
- Increase the number of social enterprises based in Edinburgh, operating locally nationally and internationally
- Support the sustainability and growth of the sector
- Promote and increase awareness of the social enterprise code so that it is adopted as best practice for ethical, socially and environmentally responsible businesses
- Increase membership of the network to build a strong, cohesive community influencing and informing local and national policy
- Establish Edinburgh Social Enterprise as the go to organisation for social enterprises, social entrepreneurs, enterprising third sector organisations, social enterprises and socially responsible businesses
Create the conditions to develop and test new ideas and concepts to enable social enterprise in Edinburgh to thrive and contribute to Edinburgh and Scotland’s growing international reputation as leaders in social enterprise.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise - support and services
Edinburgh Social Enterprise supports the development and growth of social enterprise in Edinburgh through the following activities delivered directly or in partnership;
- Peer support - bringing members together to discuss and share their experiences, good practice and ideas through networking and training events
- Facilitating trading - across members and between social enterprises, private companies and public sector organisations
- Facilitating cooperation and collaboration - across social enterprises, private companies and public sector organisations to enable community benefit
- Branding - of Social Enterprise through Doogie Goodstuff and ‘Buy the Good Stuff’
- Awareness raising - across the public, the public sector and private sector of the community, societal, environmental and economic benefits of social enterprise
- Capacity building - of people and organisations to develop the skills and knowledge required to create, run, manage and govern a social enterprise.
- One to one support - for new and aspiring social enterprises and entrepreneurs where there are gaps in existing service provision or knowledge
- Research –working with academic partners to research social enterprise approaches and their impact. By sharing the learning we then contribute to a vibrant city and influence policy and strategy.
- Engagement, consultation and representation - with social enterprises and stakeholders, ensuring the sector’s views and interests are represented within community planning and other relevant forums
- Information and signposting –on support services, events, training and opportunities provide by other local and national partners.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise - the team
Claire Pattullo, Chief Executive
Gordon Hodgson, Senior Development Officer
Originally a Caterer and Hotelier Gordon worked in various areas of the country for over fifteen years before moving to Further Education as a Hospitality lecturer in the Highlands of Scotland. After a period working in the far North of Scotland as a business advisor and on the development of student placements and exchanges he moved to one of Scotlands largest Further Education Colleges in the Edinburgh area. As Head of Faculty in Edinburgh he was instrumental in the development and roll out of college wide placements; innovative approaches to employability skills with diverse groups and engagement with social enterprises.
In his current role as Senior Development Officer with Edinburgh Social Enterprise Gordon meets and engages with a wide mixture of Social Entrepreneurs and Social Enterprises both established and new to the sector. As well as offering first line business support and advice he’s developed a formal programme for new and aspiring Social Entrepreneurs which was run in 2015/16. Elements of this programme will be offered to members in different formats over the coming year. Gordon describes working with Social Entrepreneurs and their organisations as exciting, energising, inspiring and fulfilling and “the best job in Edinburgh”.
Steve Perry, Marketing and Engagement Officer
Steve comes from a background in marketing, press and digital for not-for-profit organisations. His previous voluntary work in the UK and India has given him a well-rounded insight and interest in social enterprises. Steve's favourite part about working for ESE is all the varied aspects of the role, as well as working with all the different social enterprises. Steve's role at ESE involves the strategic development of marketing, digital and the Buy the Good Stuff Brand, as well as promoting ESE events and raising awareness of the products and services and positive benefit ESE members bring. Steve's aim is to encourage as many new members as possible to join ESE!
Steph Patmore, Business Administrator
Steph comes to ESE from a social enterprise in Edinburgh where she worked visiting older people, enjoying hearing their stories and being able to help them practically. She has a background in finance and administration and loves spreadsheets. Steph's favourite thing about working here is keeping everyone organised and the variety of things that the team gets involved in. She says the best thing about social enterprise is hearing everyone's stories - they are all so interesting and she haven't found a dull enterprise yet!
Emma Galloway, Chair
Emma is an experienced social entrepreneur with a track record of developing sustainable enterprises and the current chair of the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network. She has been involved in starting-up and developing a number of successful Social Enterprises starting with Furniture Recycling and Charity Shops. In 2005 Emma founded Caring Christmas Trees a social enterprise that sells Christmas trees to raise money for charity. Most recently she was Chief Executive of the Grassmarket Community Project, and steered the organisation through a significant period of change. Emma is passionate about social enterprise and loves making change happen. She is involved as a board member of two social enterprises in Edinburgh – Balerno Village Trust and Freedom Unlimited and also Factory Skatepark in Dundee. Emma has a wealth of experience that she loves to share – whilst she runs her own business helping Social Enterprises grow and develop she is always willing to have a coffee and a chat with anyone who needs help. In her spare time Emma is also a board member of two charities - Comfort Rwanda and Congo and the Edinburgh Food Project. She also runs half marathons and plays fiddle in a ceilidh band called Sporrandipity.
A former Social worker turned Outdoor instructor then also turned Social entrepreneur, Jonny has managed services and delivered programmes and activities that support communities, young people, families and vulnerable adults for 25 years from soup kitchens to community businesses from outdoor residentials to long term supported employment and regeneration. He has a passion for social justice, empowerment and the promotion of healthier lives. His is sector promiscuous choosing to borrow the best form the third, public and private sector and arrive at the most effective ways to fund and deliver services. In his current role as CEO of the Grassmarket Community Project Jonny supports 4 social enterprises and a dynamic programme of educational, recreational and creative activities for some of Edinburgh’s most vulnerable and socially isolated.
Catherine Eadie, Treasurer
Catherine has extensive qualifications, experience and knowledge with 25 years’ experience in the voluntary sector. Her main focus has been on mental health and wellbeing and a passion to highlight the importance of positive mental wellbeing and what we can do to keep well.
Catherine's previous employment includes the following sectors: IT, DTP, Web Design, MH Advocacy, MH Support Worker, MH Policy and Support Officer, MH e-Health Officer. She also has a wealth of professional qualifications applicable to the sector: an Open University qualifications in Health & Social Care including Mental Health, SVQ3 in Health and Social Care, Mental Health Advocacy, Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid and experience with ASSIST.
Through experience she has also developed skills in web design and development, IT, programming, administration, social media and communications. She has basic financial, bookkeeping and administrative understanding and is furthering all business knowledge by online and face-to-face learning programmes.
Through her considerable knowledge of mental health issues, she has developed an insight into its social and economic effects on society.
From 2003 to 2011, Colin was Development Manager at Senscot, where he used knowledge of social capital to develop the Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) that connect social enterprises locally, nationally and thematically, adding to Scotland’s reputation as a global leader in social enterprise development. While at Senscot Colin was also involved in the initial pilot phase and design of www.ReadyforBusiness.org.
In 2011, Colin became fulltime at ASC where he has designed and delivered a range of initiatives in Glasgow and also in rural areas. Current work includes collaborations with Glasgow Life, Voluntary Action Fund and New Gorbals Housing Association. In addition ASC is part of the Scottish Government’s International Social Enterprise Programme, where is leading a global thematic network on Social Enterprise in UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. As part of this initiative OASIIS launched an online platform to gather socio-economic data on the economic opportunities available in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
Brian Martin is co-founder of T-UK Skills & Workforce Development, a social enterprise that provides a temporary recruitment service that reinvest profit margin into upskilling workers. Brian spent over 15 years with the City of Edinburgh Council in the Economic Development Dept and specifically employability and skills. It also included Community Planning Lead on Local Employability Partnership for the city and early work on the City Regional Deal proposition. Brian is currently non-executive Director of Thera Scotland, an organisation who provide supported living and care for people with learning disabilities.
Francois Du Plessis
Francois has extensive executive experience in the Telecommunications and Financial Inclusion sectors in Sub Saharan Africa. He was part of the team that launched the first mobile network in South Africa, Led the team that built the first mobile network in Rwanda, ran a payphone business in Uganda and was the architect of the first mobile money ecosystem in Zimbabwe,
Since arriving in Scotland in 2016, he has become active in the social enterprise sector, working with the Cyrenians in Edinburgh as a new business advisor and Crossing Countries as a business advisor.
He is currently active in Financial Inclusion initiatives in developing markets and serves on the boards of Crossing Countries, Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network, Chairman of Oxton Community Development (a community project to save the local village shop) and is a Councillor on the Oxton and Channelkirk Community Council in the Scottish Borders.
We work collaboratively with staff and students from both Edinburgh University and Edinburgh Napier University to promote participation and awareness of Social Enterprise and social impact.
In partnership with Volunteer Edinburgh (VE) and Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC), we form the Edinburgh Third Sector Interface (TSI) supporting and developing the third sector in its entirety and connecting it to the Community Planning process.
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