For further information on social enterprise see our Social Enterprise section and the Community Toolkit. For information on local social enterprises, please see the A-Z of Midlothian Organisations. (and new Social Enterprise Directory in due course)
Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian (SEAM)
SEAM is a cross-sector partnership of agencies involved in the provision of support, training, guidance and services for social economy organisations based and/or working in Midlothian.
For further information on SEAM, and to see what services MVA and SEAM can offer social enterprises in Midlothian see the main Social Enterprise section.
See also the SEAM Facebook page for information on events and services etc.
Information, advice, and training opportunities. Mainly aimed at private sector businesses but may also be of interest to third sector social enterprises, e.g. local workshops.
A family of social enterprises with a mission to help people gain the capacity and confidence to improve their community through enterprise. Specialist services include Fresh Focus Marketing and SE venues. Further information from their website.
Edinburgh Social Enterprise website
Information about, and for, social enterprises inEdinburgh, plus a section about the Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network (ESEN). Website contains a useful information section plus some links.
JustEnterprise is a new consortium bringing togetherScotland's key social enterprise support agencies to provide business support and development services to Enterprising Third Sector Organisations acrossScotland. Its principal role is to deliver the Scottish Government's contract for Business Support to the Enterprising Third Sector. In doing so, the focus of the consortium is to ensure an enterprising third sector can grow sustainably in the challenging economic conditions expected in coming years.
Public Contracts Scotland
Interested in Winning Contracts with the Public Sector?
If you are it is important that you register with Public Contracts Scotland which provides free access to all essential information on public sector business opportunities. All public bodies are expected to use Public Contracts Scotland and it will become increasingly important as the Procurement Reform Bill 2012-13 is enacted.
Senscot builds and services a network to help social entrepreneurs become more effective. Website includes articles, documents etc. Senscot also produces a regular e-bulletin.
Social Enterprise Exchange
Annual event started in 2012. The Exchange aims to bring together new, emerging and existing social enterprises, investors and public and private sector partners.
Startbright is a practical online resource set up by Firstport designed to help any individual setting up a new social enterprise overcome the difficulties and uncertainties of starting and running a business.
Supplier Development Programme (SDP)
A local authority partnership programme established to offer small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to grow and diversify through procurement.
UnLtd have produced an easy-to-read guide for social enterprises - nicely broken down by lifecycle so this makes it particularly relevant for start-ups and those seeking to grow.