Social Enterprise Support


Where to get help for social enterprises in Scotland

The SENs is the name Senscot gives to  work with Social Enterprise Networks (SENs) – both thematic and geographical in Scotland. The first SEN was established in Fife in 2004. There are now more than 20 SENs operating across Scotland – 5 thematic and 18 geographically based – connecting over 1100 social enterprises.

See more about Senscot.

Much of the development and support involved in the emergence of SEN activity was carried out by our Networks Co-ordinator at the time, Colin Campbell. Colin has now moved to operate his own social enterprise – Assist Social Capital.


What do they do?

The SENs provide members with opportunities for:

  • peer support
  • resource sharing, joint working and development of markets
  • a focal point for issues specific to social enterprise
  • a collective voice both locally and nationally
  • raising the awareness and profile of social enterprise both locally and nationally.

The vision is of a growing community of frontline social enterprises across Scotland – connected and energised through a network of Networks.


How to get involved

Are you a social enterprise or aspiring social enterprise operating in Scotland?

Are you a public body keen to connect with social enterprises in your area?

For more information on any of the above, see contact below.

Kim Wallace – Networks and Development Manager
Sarah Cameron – Local & Cultural SE Co-ordinator
Mary Sinclair – SE & Health Co-ordinator
Tariq Ali – Information & Communications Officer
Alan Johnston – Partnership & Procurement Officer

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Senscot is both a Scottish Company (Registration No. 278156) and a Scottish Charity (SC 029210) registered at 21 Walker Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HX.

What is Social Enterprise?

Social Enterprise Scotland helps to define Social Enterprise as..



"… trade[ing] in all markets, selling goods and services to individual consumers, local authorities, government and private businesses. Social enterprises aim to make a profit just like any private sector business. However, all profits or surpluses are always reinvested back into their social and environmental purposes. Social enterprises have an "asset lock" on all their buildings, land and other assets. Without making a profit, social enterprises can't meet their social and environmental mission; they must be sustainable. The term "social enterprise" shouldn't be confused with private businesses that simply operate in an ethical way, charities that don't do business (or trade very little) or public sector arms-length companies (ALEOs), though some of these may be on a journey as "emerging" social enterprises

You can get The Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland from

Highland Third Sector Interface 
The HTSI and in particular Partners can support you setting up you governance strucutres, getting policies and procedures in place and resolving issues with established Social Enterprises.  You will also be able to access training, support services and key networking opportunities within Highland though the HTSI.  Membership to the HTSI is free. 


Social Enterprise Scotland
SES act as the national voice for Social Enterprise within Scotland.  They are a member led organsaiton with a variety of resrouces on their website


Social Enterprise Academy
SEA provide a wide range of training opportunities, many of them free of charge, to staff, volunteers and Board members within Social Enterprises and aspiring Social Enterprises. To find out more look at their website

HISEZ is Community Interest Company (CIC) offering support and advice to Social Enterprises within the Highlands and Islands.  Again more information is avaliable on their websiste