Firstport case studies

We have helped a wide range of new start enterprises across Scotland that have gone on to win awards, create jobs and deliver real social benefits to people and communities. Read our case studies to find out more.

Amanda MacTaggart was awarded funding for her social enterprise, Wig Bank Glasgow, as part of the West Dunbartonshire Challenge in 2014.  
Square Peg was founded by Indie Flynn whose own challenging journey through dyslexia and dyspraxia led her to work towards changing the way young people…
One of the 2016 Social Innovation Competition winners, Pianos on Prescription is an innovative scheme helping people experiencing difficulties including: isolation, loneliness, depression, long-term health conditions…
Duncan MacGillivray is developing his social enterprise in Dunoon as part of the Vital Spark programme.
Meet Fiona, one of the aspiring social entrepreneurs to come onboard the Vital Spark programme in Dunoon.
Gordon is one of the budding social entrepreneurs to embark on the Vital Spark programme in Campbeltown.
In November 2016, Firstport announced the winners of the first ever Social Innovation Competition, including our Young Social Innovator Award.
Lily Asch wants to tackle the stigma around mental ill-health with Real Talk, a mental health storytelling social enterprise. She was awarded £500 seed funding…
As a parent, Lesley Compston has personally experienced the struggles facing families of young children in Renefrewshire due to the lack of childcare provision. 
An experienced design and technology teacher who has also worked in industry, Paul Parmenter set up The Workshop in Aberfeldy, Perthshire in June 2014 with…
South Ayrshire Community Transport (SACT), founded by Catriona Haston, is the only community based wheelchair accessible vehicle hire in the area and offers a variety of…
Vox Liminis is playing a significant role in the rehabilitation of the criminal justice system in Scotland
The Befriending Association CIC, founded by Audrey Mutongi, provides companionship and compassionate support to isolated and elderly clients in the wider Glasgow/ West Dunbartonshire area.
The Scottish Design Exchange (SDX) supports aspiring Scottish artists and designers to sell and promote their work in Edinburgh.
Lingo Flamingo provides tailored foreign language workshops delivered by students and refugees to older adults to help the battle against dementia, brain ageing and other…
Statistics show that around two thirds of adults in Scotland are overweight or obese. Social entrepreneur Fran Loots has set up Aye Can Change to…
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