Ditto news

Latest news from Firstport's Ditto programme.

Maslow’s Community Shop, a Glasgow social enterprise that supports refugees and people in financial difficulties, sent three staff members to the Calais Jungle refugee camp. They took a caravan that will offer shelter to sick people, young families and unaccompanied children. 

Did you know that the first official co-working space was set up as a non-profit co-operative? This was in 2005, a mere 11 years ago.

Do you have questions about social enterprise? Are you thinking about starting your own or already have? Do you want to find out what support and funding you can access for your social enterprise?

The No1 Befriending Agency is organising its first Senior Social Lunch in Whiteinch, Glasgow on Friday 13th May. The lunch is open to elderly people and will be affordable.

Danielle started Tribe Porty, a community co-working space and creative events hub in Portobello, Edinburgh, in 2014. She shares her thoughts and journey on social entrerpeneurship. 

Thinking about starting a business that benefits you and profits your community? Join us on Tuesday 10 May for our Edinburgh information event. 

Audrey Mutongi started her business in June 2015. Her social enterprise, Be-Friend, is a befriending service for older people in West Dunbartonshire. After receiving support from the Ditto programme, she has gone from strength to strength. She has just moved into her first office and is launching a new series of events in May. 

A leading childcare provider based in the Capital is set to share the secrets of its business success with aspiring entrepreneurs.

Blog by Eddie Wilkinson

This week (17-23 November) sees Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business.

A cafe based in the award-winning Wasps Studios in Dennistoun, Glasgow, has been awarded a place on Firstport’s ‘Ditto’ programme.

Three social entrepreneurs setting up cafes in Glasgow and Fife to benefit their local communities have been awarded places on Firstport’s ‘Ditto’ programme. The entrepreneurs will each receive tailored business support, a detailed Ditto business manual and a share of over £12,000 which will allow them to take their businesses to the next level. 

An Edinburgh based social enterprise, set up to promote and sell the creations of independent designers in Scotland, has been recognised as having an outstanding business model by Firstport, the social enterprise start-up agency. And today (31 July) became part of its ‘Ditto’ bank of business ideas. 

A Fife community bakery is set to support aspiring social entrepreneurs in Scotland by sharing the secrets of its business success.