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Calling all budding entrepreneurs, social innovators and those with good ideas to change the world. The Good Ideas Academy is now recruiting!

Peter Shakeshaft has taken over as chair of Firstport from Martin Dorchester who has left the board after four years.

Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a workplace pension and contribute towards it. This is called 'automatic enrolment'.

Argyll social enterprises gathered in Campbeltown at the end of June to plan the future together. 

You could be tackling youth unemployment, or harnessing the community regeneration potential of the creative arts to make a difference in your local area. 

In November 2016, Homes for Good CIC was named Social Enterprise of the Year Scotland, tying off a fantastic few years for the social enterprise.

Latest intake on Scotland's social enterprise accelerator programme, LaunchMe, pitch to investors

Fifteen social entrepreneurs from across Scotland have been awarded a total of £62,289 from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund in the first quarter of 2017. The awards were delivered by Firstport, Scotland’s start up social enterprise development agency, to help the awardees pilot their business ideas.

Social enterprises in the UK are growing strongly, reinvesting millions of pounds into doing good and providing thousands of jobs across the country, according to a new report.

Four female entrepreneurs have been awarded a total of £90,000 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. 

Nominations for the first NatWest WISE100 (Women in Social Enterprise) have opened to recognise 100 leading women in social enterprise.

People in Ayrshire are being urged to come up with ideas for businesses that can benefit the South Carrick community.

The latest successful participants in LaunchMe, Scotland’s only social enterprise accelerator programme, are unveiled today (Tuesday 9 May)

The second official count of enterprising charities and social enterprises - organisations operating for the public good and generating income from trading activities - is now live.

Good Finance, a website and collaborative project to help charities and social enterprises navigate social investment, launched in April.

Scotland’s social enterprise development agency Firstport has welcomed a £3 million investment by the Scottish Government into its programme to find and support social entrepreneurs.
 

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Are you planning to grow an organisation that helps people in need? Are you running or starting up a project to create social or environmental impact? This support could be for you.

The WISE100 (Women In Social Enterprise 100) will recognise 100 of the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and social innovation. It is a new initiative from the NatWest SE100 Index – the UK’s leading source of market intelligence on social enterprise.

Wednesday 8th of March is International Women's Day. It is THE day to celebrate achievements of women and help drive positive change. Not that any other days isn’t great too! This year, the theme is Be Bold for Change.

Why not apply for the award-winning Asda Supplier Development Academy? If you are an ambitious social enterprise and want to scale and grow, the Academy is for you.

Are you an innovator in healthcare, life sciences, or biotechnology? If your idea has a social impact and has the potential to make a profit, this competition is for you! 

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