Naomi Johnson (Vice-Chairperson SECC & Director of Firstpost
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Naomi Johnson (Vice-Chairperson SECC & Director of Firstpost
–Executive Director, Firstport
–Vice –Chair of the SECC
Innovating for good. Dublin 2010
Why Scotland supports social
• What is social enterprise?
• Why is it important?
• How do we create an environment for social
enterprise to thrive?
• What support is there and what difference has it
“Social Enterprises are dynamic
businesses with a social purpose. They
have social aims, trade in competitive
markets and reinvest their profits for
- Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition
What is social enterprise?
•Demographics and stats
•Drive and passion
•Sole traders through to global trading
There is no one picture or
description...motivation is the key.
Who is a social entrepreneur....
•Trust in companies is at a low
•Trust in the West generally is low. Terrorism is
a real threat
•The gap between the rich and poor is getting
bigger and we fear upcoming cuts, job losses
and their impact on our communities.
We live in changing times...
•Innovation is important to the economy.
•Entrepreneurship in times of recession
•Public sector spending pressures
•Need to have social innovation if we also want
to get the best from our public sector
•Social entrepreneurs also lead new ideas in the
•Business ethics and corporate reputation
Why are social entrepreneurs important?
•Support and advice
•Profile and awareness
Creating a supportive environment
“In 2005 research indicated there are at least
1,100 social enterprises in Scotland employing
30,000 people and adding £1.25 bn to the
More recent local and national studies suggest
the true figure could be more than 3,000” - DTI
And so to Scotland...
•Key groups involved in lobbying and promotion
•SECC established in 2005 by intermediary
•Just launched latest manifesto (Scotland
elections May 5th
Lobbying and promotion
•First social enterprise strategy in 2007
•April 2008 to March 2011 - Enterprising Third
Sector Action Plan.
•Support for post March 2011 had been
Government buy in....
"Social enterprise has a vital role to play in helping the
Executive with some of its main commitments for
Scotland - growing the economy, delivering excellent
public services and supporting stronger communities
together with developing a vibrant third sector.
"The time has come for social enterprise to take a
much more central role in our society…” Rhona
Promotion, opening markets, increasing finance range ,
Back to 2007
In 2008 - Enterprising Third Sector
“The Scottish Government wants to create the right
operating conditions in which an enterprising third
sector can play a full role in the development, design
and delivery of policy and services in Scotland, putting
the people of Scotland at the heart of their plans. …
Our ambition is for Scotland to lead the world in the
development of a truly enterprising third sector.”
John Swinney, Finance Minister
Three contracts from April 2011
• Business support
• Funding and finance
• Opening up markets
There is also uncertainty in third sector, upcoming
election and budget announcements...
SSEC has just launched its manifesto...the work
SSEC has made significant influence
Support from Scottish Government has made a
But...still implementation at local level and we need to
live up to expectations!
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