Seven Scottish entrepreneurs receive share of £170,000 to boost start up social businesses

March 2, 2018

Seven entrepreneurs from across Scotland have been awarded a total of £170,000 in the latest round of funding from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

The awards were delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s start up social enterprise development agency, to help the awardees take their businesses to the next level.

As social enterprises, all of these businesses have social or environmental goals. They aim to become financially sustainable and generate profits to re-invest in the cause they support.

The ambitious entrepreneurs’ ventures include: a not-for-profit journalism project that reports on issues in the public interest; an outdoor skills academy tackling unemployment; and a children’s shop supporting families in the early years of parenthood.

The grants were awarded as part of Firstport’s Build It programme, which distributes money from the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

Josiah Lockhart, Chief Executive of Firstport said:

Build It awards provide a vital stepping stone for those looking to take their start up social enterprises to the next level. These talented entrepreneurs have shown they have the skills and enthusiasm to make a real difference with their businesses and we’re delighted to be able to support them as they grow.

The next deadline for applications to the Build It programme is 12 April 2018. Further information is available here:

The successful social entrepreneurs are:

Rachel Hamada, Edinburgh, £25,000
The Ferret is a not-for-profit journalism project that reports on issues in the public interest.

Andrew Hart, Clydebank, £20,000
The Adventure Academy CIC tackles unemployment and also promotes health and wellbeing through increased access to the outdoors, helping people to develop the new skills and experiences they need to return to work or to explore the outdoors.

Scott Hay, Glasgow, £25,000
Potential in Me provides life coaching, workshops, training and larger youth-led programmes for young people.

Jason Lang, East Kilbride, £25,000
Hunter Community Gardening provide high quality garden and ground maintenance services throughout East Kilbride and surrounding areas and offer person-centred, bespoke employment, training and development opportunities for those facing barriers to employment.

Callum Mackinnon, Stirling, £25,000
Forth Valley Rebound Therapy Service CIC is the first and only open referral service for Rebound Therapy in Scotland, working nationwide to provide a fun and engaging activity that children and adults with a diverse range of physical and cognitive disabilities can participate in; improving their physical, social and sensory outcomes.

Roslyn O'Callaghan, Bothwell, £25,000
Swaddle aims to support families in the early years of parenthood (pre-birth to age 5) and help them give their children the best start in life. The shop sells low cost second-hand baby and children’s goods and provides a community space for meet-ups and parenting activities.

Rukhsana Saleem, Airdrie, £25,000
The Healing Cave is a place of peace and tranquility which has been established to help improve the quality of life for carers, lone parents and for the people in the wider community.


Jess Gray, Communications Officer

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