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What is Social Enterprise All About? 


A social enterprise is an organisation that sells goods or services and uses its profits to achieve social and/or environmental benefits.

Social enterprise is all about using entrepreneurial energy and creativity to achieve social and environmental aims. 

Social enterprises come in many shapes and sizes. They can be charities, Community Interest Companies, Companies Limited by Guarantee, or other legal forms. The Scottish Social Enterprise Code of Practice states that they must share the following features:

Scotland is a world-leader in promoting and supporting social enterprise, and social enterprises play a growing role in the Scottish economy. In Midlothian we have around 70 social enterprises.

SEAM can provide guidance and assistance to any individual or organisation who is interested in social enterprise. Whether you have a great idea for a brand new social enterprise, or you want to explore ways of making your existing group more financially sustainable, we will make sure you have all the support and information you need.